After the men's free skate, the U.S.is in third place with two more events to take place later on Sunday.
US figure skater Adam Rippon had a strong Olympic debut on Sunday night.
Rippon did not try any quadruple jumps while Kolyada and Chan did.
Then, last but hardly least, the sister-brother team of Maia and Alex Shibutani did their part, finishing second in the dance to Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to put the finishing touches on the American bronze medal.
Rippon had the third-highest mark with 172.98.
Rippon was just thrilled to make his debut and help the USA move towards a medal in the team event. "I wanted to make America proud". "To nail it the way I did - and even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my team mates standing in excitement". "I was like, you are going to miss every element in your program".
"I said this is my opportunity to get my feet wet on the Olympic ice", Rippon said. "So for both of us to be on the team... is super exciting".
With Zagitova's flawless performance, the Russians also clinched the silver. Nagasu received a score of 137.53 for the routine - a personal best.
The 28-year-old Rippon is originally from Scranton, Penn., and won the 2016 national championship; he was previously the 2008 junior national champion.
Mirai Nagasu made history by becoming the first USA figure skater to land a triple axel in Olympic competition (and just the third overall), while Canadian Gabrielle Daleman caught the attention of the Twittersphere with her impressive performance to George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".
The 2018 Winter Olympics continue tomorrow on NBC.
Adam Rippon of the United States reacts after his performance in the men's single skating free skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.