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Figure skating - Canada guaranteed gold in team event after Chan, Daleman shine

Figure skating - Canada guaranteed gold in team event after Chan, Daleman shine

Team Canada is in the driver's seat to win the Olympic gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, On Sunday, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ontario won the ice dance short program, and Meagan Duhamel of Sudbury, Ontario and Eric Radford of Winnipeg, Manitoba won the pairs free skate for a total of 20 points.

Daleman's 137.14-point performance added eight points to Canada's cumulative score, bringing it up to 63.

With the heat turned all the way up, Virtue and Moir got a flawless score at the Canadian Skating Nationals in Vancouver. He placed first with a score of 179.75 in the men's free program, keeping the veteran Canadian team in first place and setting the stage for Daleman.

"I'm just happy I did the best I could and I left nothing, no rock unturned", said Chan, who admitted his nerves were jangling and he "just had a conversation with myself" to get back on track.




The team won the gold for ice dancing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and silver at the 2010 Sochi games.

Zagitova, skating at her first Olympics, turned in a sizzling performance to composer Leon Minkus's "Don Quixote".

In recent interview with Hello Magazine, Virtue talked about her chemistry with skating partner Scott Moir. "But for the overall vision of the program, we hope that this new position fits a little better".

"I feel really great". The gravity-defying lift ends with Virtue straddling Moir's shoulders while the pair spin across the ice and Virtue cradles Moir's face. "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". Whether the choice to change the lift is purely artistic or is meant to help tone down the "suggestive" program, it's safe to say that Moir and Virtue aren't taking any chances in letting gold get past them. The U.S. are now third overall.


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