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Nathan Chen and Team USA win silver in team figure skating event

BEIJING — On Sunday evening, the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team and Salt Lake City local Nathan Chen won the silver medal in the team event competition. With 65 total points, the Americans not only brought home the silver medal but recorded their highest Olympic Team Event tally ever.

 

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“I think a silver medal is something to be incredibly proud of,” Team USA co-captain Evan Bates said in an interview. “It’s the highest finish ever for our country in the history of this event. We’ve been lucky enough to sit in the box for every one of those events to cheer on our teams. This year, knowing that we would get the chance to participate was a big deal to us.”

Chen kicked things off for Team USA, Performing to a version of “La Boheme” where he landed two quad jumps, one in combination, and all positive grades of execution to score a season’s best 111.71. This secured 10 points and an early lead for the Americans.

As the rest of the team performed, Madison Chock and Evan Bates helped the U.S. maintain their second place spot with a personal best 129.07-point alien-themed program to finish first overall while also securing 10 points. Their elements scored all positive grades of execution, including five Level 4 elements.

Overall, The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) won gold with 74 points, while USA captured silver with 65 points and Japan took bronze with 63 points.

Chen will now transition to the men’s individual competition with the short program on Monday, Feb. 7, at 8:15 p.m.

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