Tennell to Make Olympic Debut in Group Occasion

South Korean figure skater Cha Jun-hwan performs his short program during the men's singles portion of the team event at Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung Gangwon Province on Feb. 9 2018

Team USA certainly did not disappoint in Pyeongchang with impressive performances from snowboarder Red Gerard as well as figure skaters Bradie Tennell and sibling duo Maia and Alex Shibutani.

Coming out and skating the short program for Team USA in the team event Sunday, the U.S. Champion showed no sign of nerves and delivered a personal best short program, finishing in fifth place with a score of 68.94. The pairs' free skate portion of the team event continues Saturday night, with the Knierims representing the United States.

After a fourth-place finish in the pairs short program on Friday, Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim had a couple mistakes, including a fall from Chris on a triple toe loop, in their free skate. Chris Corning is the top USA contender making his Olympic debut at only 18 years old (Finals begin live starting at 8 p.m., NBCSN). The squad of Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation are in second, with Team USA in bronze medal position. The team with the most points at the end of the competition is the victor.

But upsets are always on the cards at the Olympics: five of the past 10 men's downhill champions were without a win in World Cup races, including Matthias Mayer of Austria at the 2014 Sochi Games.

2010 Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir kicked off their third Olympic games with an outstanding short dance in the team competition, to keep Team Canada in first place after three events.

Team OAR/Russia's super star and Olympic medal favorite, Yevgenia Medvedeva, notched the highest score ever recorded in the ladies' short program to capture 10 points for the team. Only Canada, OAR, Team USA, Italy and Japan advanced to the free skate phase of competition. They won the short dance at nationals in January, despite earning silver medals overall. "The performance felt great and we felt good about what we did out there", Alex said. The athletes are judged as usual, but standings are determined by points.

They will also compete in the free dance of the team event Monday.

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