US Trails ROC after day two of figure skating team event – NBC Chicago
The United States remained second in the figure skating team event after Saturday night’s men’s free program.
American Vincent Zhou recorded a third-place score of 171.44 (eight team points), giving the United States 42 points overall.
Mark Kondratiuk of the Russian Olympic Committee received a score of 181.65 for second place (nine team points) to extend the ROC’s lead over the United States by one point with 45 overall.
Yuma Kagiyama won the event with a score of 208.94 (10 team points) as Japan increased their cushion for third place. With 39 points, Japan has a nine-point advantage over Canada and a 10-point advantage over China.
Team USA entered the evening with a two-point lead over ROC for first place, but fell to second when 15-year-old Kamila Valieva won the women’s short program with a staggering score of 90.18. , more than 15 points more than the second-place finisher.
After the United States secured two first-place finishes and a third-place finish on day one of the team event, Karen Chen finished fifth in the women’s short program with a score of 65.20.
The field was reduced from 10 teams to five after the women’s short program.
With five of the eight segments completed, the team event wraps up Sunday night with the pairs free skate, free dance and women’s free skate.