Russian Figure Skating Team Vaults Past US for Top Spot

As Kamila Valieva glided throughout the ice, a bathe of digicam shutters echoed by the Olympic determine skating area. She was the skater to observe on the second day of the workforce occasion, and no surprise.

She landed every of her jumps with a caress of the ice and floated by her program with out displaying even a pinch of effort. At 15, she is the gold medal favourite within the girls’s particular person competitors subsequent week. And her commanding efficiency on Sunday within the girls’s brief program additionally gave her a first-place end, lifting her Russian workforce from second to first.

Her rating of 90.18 was wanting her season’s better of 90.45, however it blew previous her nearest challenger, Wakaba Higuchi of Japan, who scored 74.73.

Solely 5 of the ten international locations within the workforce occasion superior to the subsequent stage of the competitors. The boys’s free skate is ready for later Sunday.

America is heading into that second section in second place after falling from first place general on Sunday, partially due to Karen Chen’s sudden end within the brief program. Chen, who completed fourth on the 2021 world championships, fell on her triple loop and completed a disappointing fifth, with a rating of 65.20.

Japan, Canada and China had been the opposite international locations to advance to the second leg of the workforce occasion.

On Friday, the primary day of the workforce competitors, American skaters who competed of their brief applications all logged private bests.

Nathan Chen, the gold medal favourite within the males’s singles, gained; so did the ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue. Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier completed third in pairs.

The boys’s free skate is scheduled to start at midday (11 p.m. Jap). Vincent Zhou, a two-time Olympian, will skate for the USA. When he gained Skate America in October, he grew to become the primary man since March 2018 to beat his U.S. teammate Nathan Chen, the three-time world champion.

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