2022 Olympics figure skating: Nathan Chen gives US an early lead in group rivalry

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American Nathan Chen is a gold award top choice. This is the way the remainder of the U.S. Figure Skating crew piles up.

Michelle Hanks, USA TODAY

Everything looks OK, for Nathan Chen and the U.S. Olympic figure skating crew.

With a quiet, clean short program by the authoritative three-time best on the planet, Team USA dashed out to an early lead Friday in the group contest at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The Americans won the initial two occasions – the men’s diminutive program and beat dance – and are sitting in the lead position in the 10-country rivalry after Day 1.

The Russian Olympic Committee, which is expected to win gold in the group occasion, is in runner up, trailed by China in third. The main five groups after the ladies’ short program Sunday will progress to the free skates, with decorations granted Monday.

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Our group has incredible potential, and I feel that was shown in the present exhibitions, said veteran ice artist Evan Bates, the skipper of the U.S. group. I don’t really imagine that we feel astounded driving the group occasion. Checking out our list, we realize we can possibly get back a gold award in this occasion.

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Chen, 22, kicked things off Friday via landing both of his quads and a triple axel on the way to a season-best score of 111.71.