Skaters slip up over early start

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

It was simply a 40-minute practice session on the rink designated for that objective, with a low ceiling and fluorescent lights, tucked just below the Gangneum Ice Arena, where Chen and Rippon will make their Olympic debuts later this week in the team event. "It's been four years since I've been here".

Canada's Chan, a three-time Olympian who will try to improve upon his silver-medal showing in the 2014 Games in Sochi in the men's individual event, expressed sympathy for Chen, saying it was normal to not have a great skate.

"Yes, of course I want to do the long", Chan said of the free skate. In mixed doubles, teams throw a total of five rocks over each of eight ends, creating a faster-paced event than traditional men's or women's curling. I am the type of skater that takes time since I've gotten older, to warm up and to get up to the quads and get comfortable in competition.

Chen said the early start likely played a role in how he performed, although he has been rehearsing with earlier training times home in Los Angeles.

Figure skating traditionally runs well into the night at the Olympics, but North American prime time television demands has it finished by the early afternoon in South Korea, throwing skaters' schedules topsy-turvy.

"We're at the Olympic Games and we'll do six programs if we need to", said her partner and husband, Knierim regarding their busy competition schedule. "I've been getting to bed really early and waking up a few hours before practice, just to kind of move the day forward". 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.

Duhamel and Radford scored 76.57 points in their program set to "With or Without You" to finish behind Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, whose season-best 80.92 dazzled a crowd that included a contingent of Russian fans wearing bright red shirts that spelled out "Russia In My Heart". On the NBC broadcast, he said he was disappointed with his performance and because he felt he "let the team down". "She made a lot of games out of it and she just made me find my passion for skating at a young age", he said. "I don't think there'll be a problem".

Uno two-footed and stepped out the landing of his opening quad flip, but was otherwise clean in his routine to "Winter" which featured a quad toe-triple toe and triple Axel. "I wasn't able to have lessons year round, she would stand on the ice, take notes of what the coach is asking me to do".

"Leading up to coming here, I did a few days per week of early morning practices", Chan said. "I was starting to think, 'Maybe I wasn't selected for the team.' But there was still that tentative hope in me, and I was just hoping and praying that I would get that text".

Massot added: "Especially for me, at my first Olympics, it is good to have that first experience before the real competition". "I got a little headstart on goal 2".

"After Olympics, you get four years older - right away".

"It was such an fantastic moment for me", Chen said, recalling the moment the team was announced shortly following the USA national championships, where she finished third. Alexei Bychenko from Israel is in second place and earned nine points for his country.

"I was a mess", Hamilton continued, although he rebounded nicely to win gold.

She never imagined at the time that she would be ready to make the 2018 Olympic team.

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