Nathan Chen, Americans in fourth after first round

Virtue and Moir, who skate the ice dance portion of the team event Sunday, were all smiles as they led Canada's red-clad contingent into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, one of 92 nations to enter the chilly 35,000-seat facility on a blustery night where temperatures dipped to -8 C with the wind chill.

Grand Prix Final champion Nathan Chen made his Olympic debut in PyeongChang as part of the US quad competing in the team event on Thursday night.

Then they stepped on the Olympic ice to compete, and one by one they stumbled through cringe-worthy short programs.

Their score of 52-point-10 was well below the winning score of 80-point-92 achieved by the team representing Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation. "It's been four years since I've been here". "I felt very fearful of making a mistake".

"It's not the best start I wanted, but I have the support of my teammates", the three-time former world champion said. "I'm looking forward to future performances after today". Although Japan won the ISU World Team Trophy in 2016, the Olympic format is slightly different with only one entry per discipline. When he landed his triple lutz, later on, he was slightly off-balance. "Right now, all I can do is try to analyze what I did wrong, let it go and move on". "I took Adam five years ago, when he was (22), couldn't jump at all. But to have them have ownership in someone that went to their school, I think, really means a lot to them", she said.

American couple Alexa and Chris Knierim produced a season's best to leave the U.S. in the silver medal position, three points adrift, with Japan in third.

'As a solo skater, this sport can be really lonely and so to have that opportunity at the Olympic Games is awesome'.

"It's just early jitters of being at the Olympics again ... and then maybe being just a bit earlier in the day, competing at this time", Chan said. The U.S. team was left off the medal stand after training too long at altitude even though the 2014 were being held near sea level near Sochi, Russia. "We planned it all out". Chan did not achieve his goal on Friday, falling on a quadruple toe and triple axel. The Japanese Champion scored 103.25 points for an overall lead in the Men's event. "I definitely think that played a role", Chan said.

"I was quite sleepy in the morning, but I practised hard in the morning practice as well as at home in Japan". "I just want to come out of this competition proud of what I've done". She had been a roller skater from the time she was 10 years old, when she was introduced to the sport at a birthday party.

American Nathan Chen, who previous year became the only skater to complete five quads in competition during his long program, also fell on one of the two quads in his short program and bailed on the other, finishing in fourth (80.61).

"It was important to do a strong short program, a season's best", said Morozov. "I hope that continues". The advice I would give every Olympic athlete: "Be very careful what he's doing during Olympics and make sure he will execute everything he is planning".

"This is the first time and I like it that we keep writing history", he added. The bronze medalist at the grand prix final fell twice to finish eighth among the 10 skaters. He showed little emotion afterward as he made stiff bows to the crowd, and the only time Chan displayed much fire was in talking up Canada's chances for the team title. It was a disappointing day for Team Korea, who finished ninth in the rankings.

  • Salvatore Jensen