BEIJING — The United States won a silver medal in the figure skating team competition Monday morning, the country’s best result since the event debuted in 2014. The Russian Olympic Committee, which has strong skaters in each discipline, clinched the gold medal even before 15-year-old star Kamila Valieva shined in a historic free skate to end the competition.
What to know about team figure skating
- Women’s singles completed the competition Monday morning in Beijing (Sunday night Eastern). Karen Chen skated for the United States, and her fourth-place performance was enough to clinch silver. Valieva’s historic routine put her easily in first among the women.
- Madison Chock and Evan Bates had the top score in the ice dance to push the United States to the verge of its second-place finish. (There are eight segments in team figure skating. Teams are awarded points in descending order of finish, with 10 points awarded for first place in a segment.)
- Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier competed for the United States in the pairs skate to open the final day, finishing fifth of five teams. The Russian team took first.
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