Analysis Strategy pays off as Canada takes team figure skating gold

THE CANADIAN PRESS

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After the women's free skating, Canada had already secured first place, with ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir still left to compete.

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It meant the pressure was off for Virtue and Moir and they took full advantage, scoring a huge 118.10 to earn Canada the full compliment of 10 points.

Canadian ice dancing pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir got a bit to hot on the ice.

Canada has clinched the gold medal in the team figure skating competition. Many estimate Team Canada will win upwards of 30 medals, which would break the country's record haul of 26 from Vancouver 2010. It didn't quite work, but the gesture captured the unity and spirit the Canadians have brought all week to the team event. She performed the jump cleanly at the start of her programme to gain a season's best score of 137.53.

"I'm so proud to be on this team", Rippon said on the NBC broadcast.

"And at that moment, I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me".

Alina Zagitova will handle the free skate for the Russians, while Mikhail Kolyada tries to rebound from his dismal short program.

The Americans stood in third place following the event's second day of competition Sunday and couldn't move up the standings on the final day. It was also a long time coming for the man who's been the face of Canadian skating for a decade, but suffered Olympic heartbreak in Sochi when he finished second. The performance has so much sizzle that one of the more risqué lifts is being dropped when the couple performs this same routine during the Olympics. In the pairs short program, the USA also placed fourth, earning seven points for both of the first night's events.

"I was trying to keep the spirits high, like, "Let's run it,"' Anderson said".

Canada's figure skaters celebrate their gold medal in the team event at the Pyeongchang Olympics on February 12. "It may be different if we were going for a medal".

Japan's Shoma Uno took first place in the men's short program, which is significant because he is regarded as the second-best Japanese athlete in the event, but reigning Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu opted out of the team event to give his ankle time to heal.

"I saw myself and my family in this script", said Reynolds.

"So we wanted to change it, make it a little bit better".

"I'm focusing on my own programs", she said, "but to have the team atmosphere in the kiss-and-cry, and the podium, it's so incredible".

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