The United States won its first medal in figure skating at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang on Monday. The American figure skaters who won the bronze medal in the team competition comprised of men's figure skaters Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon, women's figure skaters Bradie Tennell and Mirai Nagasu, pairs figure skaters Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim and ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani.
This is the second consecutive time the United States won the Olympic bronze medal in the team competition. They also placed third at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The gold medalists in Pyeongchang in the team competition were Canada and the silver medalists were the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
In the pairs competition, Aliona Savchenko of Germany was competing in her fifth Olympic Winter Games with her third different partner and second country. After winning the Olympic bronze medal with Germany's Robin Szolkowy at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Savchenko teamed up with Bruno Massot and registered a world record in the free skate with a score of 159.31 points. Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim, the husband-wife duo, were the only Americans entered in the pairs competition and finished fourteenth.
It was a historic day in men's figure skating on Feb. 16. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan successfully defended his Olympic gold medal from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The last time there was a back-to-back winner in men's Olympic figure skating was Dick Button of the United States who won at the 1948 Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz and again at the 1952 Olympic Winter Games in Oslo. It was also the first time ever that Japan won gold and silver in a single Olympic event in figure skating as Shoma Uno won silver.
The bronze medalist was Javier Fernandez, the 2015 and 2016 world champion. Fernandez became only the fourth Spaniard ever to win a medal at the Olympic Winter Games. Interestingly, Spain has two medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang as Regino Hernandez won a bronze medal in the men's snowboard cross on Feb. 15.
American men performed admirably in the men's free skate. Nathan Chen had the highest free skate score of 215.08 points. However, he really struggled in the short program and settled for fifth place. American Vincent Zhou, the reigning world junior champion, has a very bright future ahead of him as he placed sixth overall.
In the ice dance, Maia and Alex Shibutani successfully rebounded after settling for silver at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose. In an interesting battle for bronze, the Shibutanis posted a score of 192.59 points, where they beat out fellow Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue by 4.9 points. It was Hubbell and Donohue who beat the Shibutanis in San Jose.
However, the major story of the Olympic ice dancing competition was the absolute brilliance of Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir who posted a world record score of 206.07 points. It was Virtue and Moir's fifth career Olympic medal in ice dancing, which was also a record.
In women's figure skating, Alina Zagitova of the Olympic Athletes from Russia won OAR's first Olympic gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. At age 15, she became the second youngest figure skater to win Olympic gold. Zagitova was 26 days older than Tara Lipinski when she won the gold medal in women's figure skating at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. AXS Sports successfully predicted medals for Zagitova and OAR's Evgenia Medvedeva. The top American was Mirai Nagasu in eighth place.
Here are all the winners in the figure skating events at the Winter Olympics 2018:
(results will be posted after every event)
Team Figure Skating:
GOLD: Canada — 73 points
SILVER: Olympic Athletes of Russia — 66 points
BRONZE: United States — 62 points
GOLD: Aliona Savchenko/Bruno Massot (Germany) 235.90
SILVER: Sui Wenjing/Han Cong (China) 235.47
BRONZE: Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (Canada) 230.15
GOLD: Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) 317.85
SILVER: Shoma Uno (Japan) 306.9
BRONZE: Javier Fernandez (Spain) 305.24
GOLD: Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (Canada) 206.07 (WR)
SILVER: Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (France) 205.28
BRONZE: Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (United States) 192.59
GOLD: Alina Zagitova (Olympic Athletes from Russia) 239.57
SILVER: Evgenia Medvedeva (Olympic Athletes from Russia) 238.26
BRONZE: Kaetlyn Osmond (Canada) 231.02