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Here's how the top six spots look after Friday's short program:
1. Meryl Davis and Charlie White (80.69)
The five-time champs made it look too easy, breaking their own U.S. record while spinning and stepping in perfect rhythm to music from "My Fair Lady." The Michigan natives, who have worked together since 1997, appear poised to return to the Olympics and challenge for the gold after earning silver in 2010.
2. Madison Chock and Evan Bates (73.41)
The 2013 runners-up set a personal best with a routine that avoided some of the technical mistakes the pair has had in the past. They were in the lead for only a few minutes before Davis and White took over the top spot.
3. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani (68.00)
The talented brother-sister combo has finished no worse than third in each of the previous three U.S. championships, but they lost some valuable points early in their routine that could cost them in the overall standings. Alex lost his balance on a twizzle, but otherwise the dance was technically sound.
4. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (66.69)
This powerful duo put forth a clean and crisp performance, particularly with their twizzle moves. Third in 2012 and fourth last year, this pair is on the rise and will be given strong consideration for a spot on the Olympic team.
5. Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton (63.71)
The two-time junior national champions made a strong debut at the senior level, posting the highest score among the early pairs. The excitement and awe of competing for a possible Olympic bid didn't affect their performance one bit.
6. Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giuletti-Schmitt (61.22)
The pair showed off a playful flair with their routine, but a misstep by Kriengkrairut midway through cost them. They finished fourth in 2013, but it will take a near-perfect free dance to climb up the standings and get back onto the medal stand.