Tennell shows skill, keeps U.S. in team event

From ESPN - February 10, 2018

American Bradie Tennell set a season best at the team figure skating event with her usual display of precision and calmness.

Tennell's score of 68.94 put her in fifth place. The newcomer to the top ranks of figure skating is a mere .01 points behind Japan's Satoko Miyahara.

"I am super happy with the performance I put out there," Tennell said. "It's what I have been training a long time for.''

Earlier, Canada's two-time Olympic medalists, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, won the team ice dance short program. The gold medalists in 2010 and silver medalists four years later blew away the field by a margin of 5.05 points. The U.S. got a strong performance to the required Latin theme from siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, good for second place.

That leaves Canada with 45 points to 39 for the Russians, who slipped further behind when Italy's Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek were a surprising second in pairs. The Italians trail the United States by a single point, 36-35, heading into Monday's free skates in the other three disciplines. Americans Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim were fourth.


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