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Canada wins first gold medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games

12 February 2018

The three-time world champion rose at 5 a.m., grabbed a coffee on the way to the bus for a 7 a.m. practice. Two grand prix finals.

The U.S. clearly bested Italy in that final event, with Maia and Alex Shibutani putting a score of 112.01, putting them in first place. Bobrova and Soloviev won gold in the team event for Russian Federation four years ago in Sochi.

Although Chan was the favourite to win gold in Sochi, he faltered on his triple Axel to pave the way for Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu to claim the Olympic title.

Indeed, the way skaters are approaching the team competition varies widely.

While the United States had second place in the standings after the first of three days of events, they were pushed down to third by the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), who managed first-place finishes in multiple events to close the gap on Canada late.

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games are officially underway.

The 27-year-old Chan, who had struggled with his jumps in the team event's short programme, landed the first two quads of his free skate. We all worked really hard. The Canadian Olympic Committee said in a statement that she is conscious, alert and going back to the athletes' village with a team doctor. "Everybody was just embracing me and making me feel so much better".

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Slopestyle was one of the events that was not interrupted or delayed by the inclement weather, as the event has become one of history's coldest games with temperatures dropping to minus 14 degrees Celsius, with a wind chill up to minus 25 degrees. At 2:25 into the routine above, Moir effortlessly lifts Virtue into the air and she straddles him... around his neck, with her business right there in his face as the two spin in circles. "I can't wait to see what he does in his individual event".

He didn't know what colour that medal was going to be.

Zagitova is set to perform her short programme on February 21 and her long programme two days later. Do the math. The most OAR can get is 68 points, the least Canada can register is 69.

The men's free skate kicked off Sunday night's events.

"But if you can see one team do it and they have way more speed, they continue the character all the way through every technical element, then you can have a better understanding of what you should be looking for".

"To be 15 and go out on Olympic ice without trembling and just executing what she can do is a huge experience", pairs skater Evgenia Tarasova told a news conference of her team mate. "I worked so hard for this moment", said Rippon, who was added to the team by the US committee in January ahead of Ross Miner.

Gabrielle Daleman finished third to snag eight points for Team Canada.

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Daleman said, "It's super different (to Sochi)".

"We came home with a sour taste in our mouth, so we set a four year plan, we wanted to win it, we believed in ourselves".

"There are so many Olympic moments that resonate with people all across Canada, and I think that's the beauty of it", said Tessa.

That appears to be the prevailing sentiment to the team competition.

"We are a attractive team that has been competing together for so many years. We are so proud to be a part of it".

"We saw the potential we had in Sochi and didn't capitalise on it".

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Canada wins first gold medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games