US Men's Olympic Figure Skating 2018: Top Performers from Pairs Free Skate

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2018

Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford have led Canada into first place in the team competition.
Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford have led Canada into first place in the team competition.Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

Thanks in large part to an outstanding skating performance in the pairs free skate competition by Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, the Canadians have the lead in the team figure skating competition.

Americans Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim finished fourth in the team skate after suffering a fall, but the Americans are in third place with one day to go in the team competition.

Duhamel and Radford scored a 148.51, and Canada has 45 points to lead the way.

The Olympic Athletes from Russia are in second place with 39 points, while the United States has 36 points.

Italians Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek put on a memorable performance in the pairs free skate.
Italians Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek put on a memorable performance in the pairs free skate.Julie Jacobson/Associated Press/Associated Press

Italians Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek put together a spectacular performance and scored a 138.44. However, the Italians are in fourth place, one point behind the American team.

Duhamel touched the ice with her hand after one of the throws in the routine, but she was able to keep her feet throughout the performance. Marchei and Hotarek had no such stumbles, and they received a loud ovation from the South Korean fans in Pyeongchang.

The final three events of the team competition will be contested Sunday.

Team Event pairs free skate
1. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford CAN—148.51
2. Valentina Marchei/Ondrej Hotarek ITA—138.44
3. Natalia Zabiiako/Alexander Enbert OAR—133.28
4. Alexa Scimeca Knierim/Chris Knierim USA—126.56
5. Miu Suzaki/Ryuichi Kihara JPN—97.67

Overall team standings
1. Canada 45
2. Olympic Athletes from Russia 39
3. United States 36
4. Italy 35
5. Japan 32

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