2014 Winter Olympics

Olympic Figure Skating Schedule 2014: TV Info and Predictions for Day 2

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States compete in the team ice dance short dance figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Bernat Armangue/Associated Press
Sean ODonnellContributor IIIFebruary 9, 2014

The 2014 Olympics team figure skating events will come to a close on Sunday, as the series completes with men's free skating, ladies' free skating and ice dance free dance. Once these three evens are in the books, the medal ceremony will follow.

Currently, Russia is in a commanding lead with 47 points, followed by Canada with 41 and the United States with 34. Italy and Japan also qualified with scores of 31 and 30, respectively.

Athletes will have to be on point, as Sunday's events will go for a much longer duration than the previous short programs.

The Russians have been able to rattle off three 10-point performances in the five elapsed events, while the U.S. is barely hanging in there due to a 10 in the team ice dance short-dance event when Meryl Davis and Charlie White put on an astonishing performance to keep their country in the mix.

Per Reuters via Yahoo! Sports, White elaborated on the United States' position in the figure skating competition, "Points wise it (the skate) did (help the team climb back up). We don't feel we are carrying any special burden or load. We are counting on the whole team to pull through together."

 

Viewing Information

What: Team men's free skating

Where: Iceberg Skating Palace

Watch: NBC

TV Time: 10 a.m. ET

Live Stream: NBC Olympics Live Extra

Bernat Armangue/Associated Press

 

Outlook

United States skater Jeremy Abbott will look to regroup after his poor performance in the short program. He only earned four points for the U.S.—the country's lowest score of any figure skating event so far. Japan, Russia and Canada earned 10, 9 and 8 points, respectively in this event in the short program.

 

Viewing Information

What: Team ladies' free skating

Where: Iceberg Skating Palace

Watch: NBC

TV Time: 11:05 a.m. ET

Live Stream: NBC Olympics Live Extra

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08:  Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia competes in the Figure Skating Team Ladies Short Program during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/G
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

 

Outlook

Russia's 15-year-old sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya stole the show in the ladies' short program and earned 10 points for her country. Gracie Gold of Team USA will need to put together a solid performance to overtake Italy and Japan—both countries scored higher during the short program as well.

 

Viewing Information

What: Team ice dance free dance

Where: Iceberg Skating Palace

Watch: NBC

TV Time: 12:10 p.m. ET

Live Stream: NBC Olympics Live Extra

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08:  Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States compete in the Figure Skating Team Ice Dance - Short Dance during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

 

Outlook

This is where the U.S. can really make up some ground. Meryl Davis and Charlie White were absolutely dazzling during their short dance and look to duplicate their performance on Sunday. This was Russia's weakest event, as they came away with their lowest point total (eight) of the competition during the short dance.

 

Prediction

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08:  Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States wait for their score with teammates and coaches during the Figure Skating Team Ice Dance - Short Dance during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Pal
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

While the U.S. has plenty of ground to make up, they certainly have a great chance of reaching the podium. They may not be able to overtake Russia at this point; however, if Abbott can deliver a stronger showing, and the Davis-White combo can recreate their success, Team USA can definitely pass Canada and claim a silver medal here.

Gold: Russia

Silver: United States

Bronze: Canada

 

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