Canada won a silver medal in team figure skating after a strong performance in the men’s and women’s events (Story here).
Kevin Reynolds and Kaetlyn Osmond gave Canada enough points to keep their second-place spot in the rankings, and the ice-dancing duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir maintained Canada’s position. The above graphic shows where Canada ended up.
Team skating is a new Olympic sport involving several events, from long and short programs, to pairs and ice dancing, to free skates. Teams earn points with each skate, with the final tally determining who earns a medal. More on how this new sport works here.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, ice dancing skate
The judges gave the 2010 gold medal-winners no deductions, and a technical score of 50.37 and a presentation score of 57.19, was good for second in their portion of the team skate, keeping Canada locked into the silver position. “We got smoked today,” Moir said. “Not even close.”
Kaetlyn Osmond, women’s skate
Canadian figure skater Kaetlyn Osmand fell once during her solo performance, earning a score of 110.73, putting her in last place for her event.
Kevin Reynolds, men’s skate
Reynolds landed a quad Salchow and quad toe combination but fell on a triple-Axel. His performance earned him a second-place spot in the event, boosting Canada’s overall team score to 50, ahead of the U.S. at 41, Japan at 38 and Italy at 37.
Russian figure skating veteran Evgeny Plyushchenko stunned the audience from his home country. Though the performance wasn’t perfect, but he scored the most points in the event, boosting Russia’s team score to 57.