Team Event Sees Records, Has A New Medalist
The figure skating team event joined the Olympic program in 2014 and at both the Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Games, it was Canada, Russia (or Olympic Athletes from Russia) and the U.S. on the medal stand. That changed this time around as Japan made its debut on an Olympic team event podium. The ROC won with 74 total points, followed by the U.S. with 65 and Japan close behind at 63. Defending champion Canada was fourth this time with 53 points and China fifth at 50. Georgia, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and Ukraine did not advance to the free skate/dance portion. Among the history made, China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong set a new world record pairs short program score of 82.83 points and ROC’s Kamila Valieva became the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the Olympics — and within the same program was first to land two. Also of note, the American ice dance teams of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (rhythm dance) and Madison Chock and Evan Bates (free dance) both outscored Russian reigning world champions Viktoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov. The winners of each segment were Nathan Chen (men’s short program), Hubbell/Donohue (rhythm dance), Sui/Han (pairs short program), Valieva (women’s short program), Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama (men’s free skate), ROC’s Anastasia Mishina/Aleksandr Galliamov (pairs free skate), Chock/Bates (free dance) and Valieva (women’s free skate).
1. Russian Olympic Committee (Valieva, Mark Kondratyuk, Mishina/Galliamov, Sinitsina/Katsalapov), 74
2. United States (Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou, Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier, Chock/Bates, Hubbell/Donohue), 65
3. Japan (Wakaba Higuchi, Kaori Sakamoto, Kagiyama, Shoma Uno, Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara, Misato Komatsubara/Tim Koleto), 63
*due to Valieva’s ongoing case, medals were not awarded for the team event during the Games