Korea finishes 9th in short programs of figure skating team event

Cha Jun-whan in the men's singles also finished 6th to bring five points and the pairs team of Kim Kyu-eun and Kam Kang-chan and the ice dance duo Min Yu-ra and Alexander Gamelin earned one point and two points, respectively.

The team competition, which debuted four years ago at the Sochi Games, awards points in descending order in each of the disciplines.

"The medal is what you make of it", Chan said, when asked whether a team gold medal would in some way be lesser than an individual gold.

It takes some getting used to, this Olympic figure skating team competition.

With the results, South Korea ranked 10th with eight points in total after three disciplines, while Canada is leading the race with 27 points, followed by the United States with 23 points and the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) with 21 points. The talented athlete, now 18, had dreams of following in the footsteps of her hometown hero, Kristi Yamaguchi, and now, that's exactly what she's doing.

Dual Sochi 2014 silver medallist Patrick Chan was among the star names to take a tumble but Canada still asserted their position as favourites for Winter Olympic figure skating team gold on Friday. "But ... this is a good experience, and I'm definitely going to learn from it for the next competition".

"We're really focused on our personal event", said Guillaume Cizeron, who with Gabrielle Papadakis are two-time ice dance world champions and among the favorites in that competition. "I was sitting in my hotel room, just anticipating and waiting for that text".

The powerhouse nations certainly seem to be putting more emphasis on the team event.

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim helped put the United States in second place Friday night after the first night of the figure skating team event.

As soon as he finished the program, Chen was disappointed in his performance. Plus, the pairs teams that are medal contenders must be cognizant of the fact that their individual event begins two days after the team event finishes. "For the individual event next week, we'll tie it up tight and try to get it". "It may be different if we were going for a medal".

"I hope he knows that it's very normal not to have a great skate", the Canadian said.

"I was really excited".

Her short program music, "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" composed by Michel Legrand, was a tribute to her mother, who passed away previous year.

"When I did, seriously, I just screamed", Chen continued. She and partner Charlie White also won two world titles, two world silver medals, five Grand Prix Final medals and six USA titles.

US -born Gamelin also felt the warm support from the fans in his new home country. While Sui and Han stood atop the podium at last year's World Figure Skating Championships, it was the German team wearing gold at the 2017 Grand Prix Final in December. We had just won a medal, we just competed. They make me feel so much better, even when it's not the best skate, they are holding me up and making me feel like I belong here.

Slowly but surely, the Olympic team competition logically has to start growing on the nay-sayers. After Kristi Yamaguchi won gold in 1992, at least one Asian-American figure skater has competed in every Olympic since then. Eric Seals, USA TODAY Sports Olga Poltoranina, an Olympic athlete from Kazakhstan completing in the Olympic Biathlon, gets her hair styled by Olympic volunteer and hair stylist Jinah Choi at the PyeongChang Olympic Athletes Village complex. "Most of us have seen each other grow up, basically, and support each other along the years with changes and everything".

"Patrick, he's actually not as used to it, so we actually had to train in the morning for a while now". "It's very sentimental and I have a lot of emotions attached to it".

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