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Team skate gold starts long goodbye for Canada's fast friends

14 February 2018, 06:56 | Stacy Ballard

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After the women's free skating, Canada had already secured first place, with ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir still left to compete.

Despite making slight adjustments to their figure skating performance, the duo was till able to wen a gold medal during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and tie the record for most Olympic medals won by figure skaters.

So Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford vowed to do one better.

The best opportunities for the United States to eclipse the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation come in the men's free skate and ice dance, but the second-place team carries the overwhelming favorite in the women's free skate.

There is no doubt that team figure skating is still in its infancy.

Patrick Chan soared eight revolutions through the air Monday - and straight into the mix for an individual medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

In doing so, Chan has become the only Canadian men's figure skater to win a gold medal, something he waited his whole career for.

But as the bus wound its way to the rink, the news hit their phones: Chan had just turned in the highest score of the men's long program.

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"We wanted to make a bit of a different statement".

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., who Canada subbed in for the long program after Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., handled the short, skated to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", and her third-place performance mathematically guaranteed Canada gold.

On Sunday, Redmond Gerard of the United States made history with his gold medal in the men's snowboarding slopestyle final, becoming the first athlete born this millennium to top a Winter Olympics event.

The three-time world champion was a gold-medal favorite in Sochi, but fell short to Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu. "I would definitely support that", Moir said.

"I think it does say that it's a tough panel", observed Moir of the marks that were lower for everybody across the board. "I'm sorry, that's how I'm going to see it, that's how I'm going to enjoy it, and that's for me to decide". "The Opening Ceremony is that first moment when the team comes together as one and we wanted to give our athletes a look that made them feel ready to perform on the world stage and proud to wear the Maple Leaf".

"We know that our country isn't in the favorites to medal, so it makes things different", Papadakis said. "I'm sorry, that's how I'm going to see it, that's how I'm going to enjoy it, and that's for me to decide".

"I'm focusing on my own programs", she said, "but to have the team atmosphere in the kiss-and-cry, and the podium, it's so incredible".

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