Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Team USA's Best Figure Skater Just Went Down in a Heartbreaking Fall

Team USA's Best Figure Skater Just Went Down in a Heartbreaking Fall

In Pyeongchang, there will be 17 Canadian skaters at his disposal: two men, three women, three pairs teams and three dance teams. "This is a long two weeks and I am not going to look back too much and it's a good opportunity to get the early jitters out". "I definitely think that played a role", said Chan, who'll retire after the Olympics.

In the team competition, one skater from all four disciplines (men's, women's, pairs, and ice dancing) compete, with the best score for each being awarded 10 points, second-place 9 points, and so on.

American Nathan Chen, who past year became the only skater to complete five quads in competition during his long program, also fell on one of the two quads in his short program and bailed on the other, finishing in fourth (80.61). "I think more than anything [it] was just the quick turnaround from the morning practice to the competition".

"She's so inspiring. Before nationals, I sat down at a little café with her and we chatted for a little bit, which was extremely helpful", she recalled of their meetup at Bean Scene Cafe in their mutual hometown of Fremont.

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Nathan Chen finished in fourth place (80.61) after his Short Program to "Nemesis" by Benjamin Clementine after taking a fall on a triple Axel. She recently took a break from rehearsals to chat with ET over the phone, where she filled us in how she felt the moment she found out she would, in fact, be competing for a gold medal.

"Not to say it's a bad thing, or I'm mad about it, not at all", he said.

"It was such an awesome moment for me", Chen said, recalling the moment the team was announced shortly following the USA national championships, where she finished third. "I need some time to go over everything".

"I texted Meagan just before he started and said 'I'm really nervous, '" Radford said. The Olympic world hopes to see a better performance.

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Following the first session of the team event, Olympic Ice had every angle covered.

Figure skating traditionally runs well into the evening at the Olympic Games, but North American prime time television demands have it finishing by early afternoon in South Korea, throwing skaters' schedules all topsy-turvy.

"I thought I was going to make a mistake on the quad flip and I did, but I was able to forget about it", he added. The team also landed solid side-by-side triple toeloops and a throw triple loop, scoring a new personal best of 80.92 and first place overall in the Pairs event. The only top contender in the category to skate cleanly was Japan's Shoma Uno, who led the men.

"Honestly, we are not aiming for a medal here", said Bychenko, "but I'm happy I got points for Israel and I'm pleased with my score".

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Several of Team USA's winter sport athletes joined in on the fun on Twitter ahead of the games and shared their hopes and dreams as they go for the gold. "I was sitting in my hotel room, just anticipating and waiting for that text". At most, 10 of them will compete in the team event. A year ago he was the first American to ever win a World Cup event.

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