Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Canada wins gold in team figure skating; US takes bronze

Canada wins gold in team figure skating; US takes bronze

"We approached it as if it all came down to us". I don't know if you could tell. We're super excited and we're at a loss for words.

"I hadn't been that nervous in awhile", Chan said through a grin. The neighbors up north have a tight-knit figure skating team who care more about the entire group going home with gold than any individual member. But in figure skating, a sport in which artistry mixes with strength and technique in unique and unpredictable ways, the old saying rings true: It's about the journey.

Daleman, whose win secured the gold for Team Canada even before Virtue and Moir stepped onto the ice, was full of gratitude for her teammates.

Her jump was eye-popping - "Holy Cow!"

Nagasu made some figure skating history, accomplishing her rare feat just 21 seconds into the women's free skate. I've grown up, they've taught me so much as a person and they've kind of nurtured me as a child, and look at where we are now. Nagasu, whose career hit several roadblocks since finishing fourth at the 2010 Olympics - she was bumped from the 2014 US team in favor of Ashley Wagner - had the performance of her life.

Ever since that early romance failed to take flight, they've been focused on their expertise on ice as a duo, starting to make waves early on in junior competitions.

And speaking to Canadian daily The Star, 28-year-old Virtue said of their previous performance: "I think edgy would probably summarise most of the program quite well and that's what we were going for". "It's such an honor and such a privilege to be with them and to share an Olympic podium with them".

The pair has honed a free program to a medley from the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge!, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. In that final phase, it was up to the Shibutani siblings - Maia and Alex - to maintain a comfortable buffer over Italy.

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Laurie Blouin of Canada finished second, with Finland's Enni Rukajarvi third. Scimeca Knierim also retweeted some of Jones' commentary.

This time, the pair used positions that "fit a little better".

The Shibutanis could have coasted through their program and started the celebration.

The lift has Tessa's lower regions right in Scott's face.

But wait, before we go: can we just observe how Team Canada erupts with excitement after a skater from another team lands a triple axel?

"A lot of us had been feeling speechless", Scimeca Knierim said. It's something we have forever. "I did the best I could and left no rock unturned".

For the record, the USA team is Nagasu, Rippon, Scimeca Knierim and the Shibutanis, in addition to Nathan Chen, Chris Knierim and Bradie Tennell. Four years after he suffered the most disappointing defeat of his career on an Olympic stage, Chan, skating to Hallelujah, helped Canada win its first gold and became the first Canadian male singles skater to win Olympic gold, period.

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