Olympic Women's Figure Skating Preview and Prediction

Olympic Women's Figure Skating Preview and Prediction

Olympic Women's Figure Skating Preview and Prediction

Thursday marks the start of competition for several sports.

Figure skating traditionally runs well into the night at the Olympic Game, but North American prime time television demands has it finished by the early afternoon in South Korea, throwing skaters' schedules topsy-turvy. However, three Russian women are competing under the Olympic flag as "Olympic athletes from Russia", rather than competing as Russian athletes.

The morning of February 9, the Opening Ceremony will mark the official start to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The team competition resumes Sunday with the ice dance and ladies short programs. Either way, they'll be strong competition for the United States.

The men's downhill skiing training sessions continue. Jaelin Kauf now leads the overall World Cup standings along with a pair of event wins.

Team USA's women's team will look to two rising stars to end its podium drought.

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So it was hard for Arutyunyan to convey the emotions he felt Wednesday as his two pupils - a decade apart in age, markedly different in their skating style yet so compatible as practice mates - stepped onto Olympic ice for the first time. Most teams will switch the Pairs if they have a second couple as the Pairs continue with their individual competition right after the team event. A short program routine can not be longer than three minutes.

During the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxin Trankov won the gold medal for pairs skating. If she finishes in the top 10 of Qualifying 2, Johnson will join Schild, Kauf and McCargo in the final.

From the oldest player in 39-year-old captain Brian Gionta to the youngest in 20-year-old Troy Terry, differences and the distance gap disappeared among all the messages from players at all hours of the day. She's also the fourth luge athlete to carry the US flag into an Olympics.

Team Italy features 2012 World Champion Carolina Kostner and 2014 World Ice Dance Champions Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte while two-time World Ice Dance Champions Gabriella Papadakis/ Guillaume Cizeron and Pair skaters Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres are expected to lead team France. Canada's Mikael Kingsbury will be the man to watch in this competition. Kinsbury is seeking his first gold medal after winning silver in Sochi. The U.S.is counting on Lowell Bailey to give it the first-ever medal in this sport. Both nations got off to hot starts in mixed doubles, as Team USA glided past Team OAR 9-3 and South Korea clinched a 9-4 victory over Finland.

"Today was a good example of good skates and bad skates, but I think that's the whole premise of the team event", Chan told reporters. "You would think everyone at the Olympics is ready to fire". Chen credits her mentor for helping her "in so many ways", including what's sure to be the biggest moment of her professional ice skating career thus far. The oldest USA athlete is men's hockey player Brian Gionta at 39 years old.

Chen - who is the only figure skater to come to the Olympics undefeated this season - is famous for his incredible quadruple flips, which he normally executes with flawless precision, but today, after a shaky quadruple flip and a double quad, he fell on a triple axel, which can be seen around:20 in the video below.

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