Team USA Wins Bronze Medal in Inaugural Olympic Figure Skating Team Event(2/9/14 ) - Team USA won the bronze medal in the inaugural Olympic Figure Skating Team Event Sunday in Sochi.
Team USA was led by two-time World champion and 2010 Olympic silver medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), who won both segments of the competition and set a world record free dance score of 114.34 points.
Team USA also featured 2014 U.S. champion Gracie Gold, two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner (Alexandria, Va.), two-time reigning U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli (Cranston, R.I.) and Simon Shnapir (Sudbury, Mass), four-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott (Aspen, Colo.) and 2014 U.S. silver medalist Jason Brown (Highland Park, Ill.).
In the Olympic Team Event, each country consisted of one woman, one man, one pairs team and one ice dance team to be selected from athletes who had qualified for the Olympics in their individual disciplines. Each nation was allowed to make up to two exchanges after the short program/dance. Team USA opted to make exchanges in the ladies and men's disciplines. Wagner and Abbott competed in the short program, while Gold and Brown were entered in the free skate.
The team event consisted of the 10 best national teams from NOCs/ISU members. The five teams with the highest number of points after the short program/dance qualified for the free skate/dance. Athletes received points based on their finishes in each segment of competition. The team with the most aggregate points through eight segments of competition earned medals.
2014 OLYMPIC TEAM EVENT STANDINGS
1. Russia - 75 points
2. Canada - 65 points
3. Team USA - 60 points
4. Italy - 52 points
5. Japan - 51 points
6. France - 22 points
7. China - 20 points
8. Germany - 17 points
9. Ukraine - 10 points
10. Great Britain - 8 points