"The reaction when I got off the ice made me go from being poor to being fun and lighthearted, and I thought we carried that energy over to the pairs".
Husband-and-wife pairs combo Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim turned in a better performance, surviving a near fall from Scimeca Knierim, but still finished fourth in their portion of the event for another seven points. The United States sits in second spot with 14 points, with Japan and the Russians tied at 13 points. Mirai Nagasu, 24, is also primed to make an impact for Team USA.
"I definitely let the rest of the team down, so I feel bad in that regard".
Canadian Champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford finished second in the Pairs event behind Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov (OAR) with 76.57 points.
Mikhail Kolyada, competing on behalf of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, finished in eighth place and earned the team three points. The bronze medalist at the grand prix final fell twice to finish eighth among the 10 skaters. Definitely need to work harder for the next couple of days. "But this is why we have that kind of rehearsal", Savchenko said. "We were prepared for anything".
The fact that Chen even attempted such a jump gave Team USA enough points to boost them to fourth place. It resumes Sunday with ice dance and women's short programs, after which the top five nations will advance to free skates in each of the disciplines.
Figure skating takes over primetime viewing yet again and the quest for gold continues. Chan skated off the ice certain that he had dug a hole for the rest of the team, only to watch some of his biggest rivals take big spills.
He betrayed no sense of panic or bewilderment after failing to deliver a clean performance on either of the quads in this program and falling on his triple Axel.
China came in the sixth as Yu Xiaoyu/Zhang Hao finished the fifth in pairs while Yan Han ranked the seventh in the men's. It wasn't a nerves thing, I just wasn't in the right place mentally going in.
Aside from a low catch on the throw triple twist (level one), Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara landed side-by-side triple Lutzes and a throw triple Salchow in their routine to music from the Yuri on Ice soundtrack.
The U.S. came in third at the Sochi Games in the initial team competition. "I'm a bit of a night owl but I'll just wake up a little bit early and adjust my schedule". "I thought I was going to make a mistake on the quad flip and I did, but I was able to forget about it".
In first place is Shoma Uno, who is often seen as Japan's No. 2 man behind reigning Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu.
"I think it would mean a lot to me to see my teammates around me, seeing them at the top of their lives and that feeling of being Olympic champions", Chan said of the possibility of Canada winning gold.
When it comes to figure skating jumps, you can sound like a skating expert by noting there are actually two kinds - edge jumps, which take off from the edge of the skate blade, and toe jumps, which start when the skater taps the jagged pick at the end of the blade into the ice for upward momentum.