First Olympic team figure skating event wraps up

Published On: Feb 09 2014 12:59:37 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 09 2014 01:04:11 PM EST

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Russia's figure skaters came together as a team in Sochi on Sunday to make Olympic history and score the host country's first gold medal of the Winter Games.

Canada took home the silver medal and the U.S. won bronze in the first ever Olympic team figure skating competition.

The U.S. team consists of singles skaters Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown, pairs skaters Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir and ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

The U.S. team had to come from behind to win a medal after four-time U.S. national champion Abbott's disappointing performance in the men's singles short program on Thursday left the team in seventh place after tiebreakers going into Saturday's events.

They moved up into the top five to move on to the free skate portion of the event and stood in third place, with Russia holding a nearly insurmountable lead, after Saturday's pairs free skate portion of the competition.

The team figure skating competition, which was added to the Olympic program for the first time in Sochi, is just the beginning for the figure skaters in Sochi, who will spend the next 11 days competing in their usual events.

Americans Davis and White, who won silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics and are the reigning world champions, are one of the favorites for gold in ice dancing, but the other members of the U.S. team face longer odds in their quests to take home their first Olympic medals.

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