Nathan Chen Struggles in Olympic Figure Skating Debut

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According to Deadspin, Chen competed in the men's short program section of the competition, his Olympic debut, when he fell short of expectations. NBC Olympics reported that Kim has shown Olympic Team potential since she was 13 years old, but due to age limitations, was not allowed to participate.

The Russian team, winners of the inaugural team event in Sochi four years ago, sit fourth - albeit on the same points as Japan - in their Pyeongchang guise as neutrals with the country serving a doping ban. It resumes Sunday with ice dance and ladies short programs, after which the top five nations will advance to free skates in each of the disciplines.

Chan needs to clean up his act, too. His score of 80.61 was good enough for fourth on a day where numerous men also fell in the short program. The only top contender to skate cleanly was Japan's Shoma Uno, 20, who led the standings.

American quad wonder Nathan Chen and Russia's European champion Mikhail Kolyada also fell on the first day of action at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

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The 21-year-old Yan shook his head to questions in the mixed zone, and the twice Olympian was obviously disappointed with his two falling-downs onto the rink after triple Triple Axel and quad toeloop jumps, which cost him two points.

Uno, runner-up to Japanese ice idol Hanyu at last year's world championships, produced a near-blemish-free short programme to put Japan briefly top of the pile, outscoring his rivals by nearly 15 points. However, Jason Thompson, the U.S. Olympic Committee's director of diversity, says there's far more work to be done. I felt really trained, in shape. "I don't think there'll be a problem".

He got off the ice and was met by a wall of Canadian smiling faces, the beauty of the team event on full display. "She made a lot of games out of it and she just made me find my passion for skating at a young age", he said.

"They were just supportive". "No need to apologize to them or anything". I think that's the greatness of the team event.

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"Honestly, we are not aiming for a medal here", said Bychenko, "but I'm happy I got points for Israel and I'm pleased with my score".

Several of Team USA's winter sport athletes joined in on the fun on Twitter ahead of the games and shared their hopes and dreams as they go for the gold.

Duhamel and Radford talked about that team togetherness as well. It wasn't a nerves thing, I just wasn't in the right place mentally going in. This team is insane for one another, having spent so much time together. "We'll have time to adapt", said Evgenia Medvedeva, one of the favorites in the women's competition.

The Hamiltons came into the game with the highest shooting percentage among the eight teams in the field, with Becca shooting 78 percent and Matt shooting 83 percent. He was like the annoying little brother. "The biggest moment in our lives, the biggest stage in our lives, we want to be flawless, right?"

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Every four years, someone wins a gold medal on the balance beam and someone else wins a gold on the pommel house.

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