Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Canada wins Olympic figure skating gold, U.S. grabs bronze

Canada wins Olympic figure skating gold, U.S. grabs bronze

For Canadian pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, their gold medal hopes in Monday's team event relied on a routine that was less raunchy than the sexually suggestive routines they had used in previous competitions.

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("They spend most of the time at my mom's house", he says.) Coming out of the team event, Moir stressed how important the team aspect of figure skating is.

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In the second event of the night, Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond finished third in the ladies single short program with a score of 71.38. I'm not at the top individually anymore, but this team made me see the positive in my skating and believe in myself. "We've really bonded during these competitions". Each team is composed of one man, one woman, and one pair, who will complete a short program, and one ice dance couple who will complete a short dance.

That racks up the team event score to 27, on top of Patrick Chan's earlier third-place acquittal and second for the pairs team of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford.

"We felt like we were too casual".

"We also needed to deliver a message and prove that we're ready and trained", Virtue said.

Canada, which won the silver medal at the event's Olympic debut four years ago in Sochi, took gold, with the Olympic Athletes from Russian winning silver. What I saw was a step in the right direction. The move finishes with Virtue spinning her way back down onto the ice.

"We wanted to win the team event in 2018 and we believed in ourselves and we talked about it as a team", Moir said.

Duhamel says she has to remind herself to block the team out when she's skating past their little purple booth here, that when she was visualizing her short program the other day, "I could imagine Scott like, 'Aaaah!' and going insane like he does and I was like, 'Oh my god I have to ignore him. Going into it, I was like a train, getting on those tracks and getting some speed", she said.

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