Chan first in team free skate, bolsters Canada's lead

COC president Tricia Smith CEO Chris Overholt executive director Eric Myles and Chef de Mission Isabelle Charest and bobsledder Cam Stones during a news conference at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang South Korea

Although Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir still had to do their free dance in the event's final segment, Daleman's performance clinched gold because neither O.A.R. or the USA could catch the Canadians once the ice dancers stepped on the ice.

European champion Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation who is skating at her first Olympics, turned in a sizzling performance to composer Leon Minkus's "Dox Quixote". "I'm going to hold this medal tight to me and it's going to be as good as the individual event".

The Vancouver Olympic Cauldron was once again put aflame Thursday night at Jack Poole Plaza, ahead of the opening ceremonies and to support the Canadian athletes in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games.

Clearly overjoyed, the 24-year-old - who wept after being left off the Olympic team for Sochi in 2014 - pumped her fists and grinned as she skated off the ice.

"I think it does say that it's a tough panel", Moir said.

"Looking back to last summer when I was struggling, and after Skate Canada (in October, where he missed the podium for the first time in eight years), of getting the national title and then making the team, and then doing the team event seemed so daunting, and so far away". "To nail it the way I did - and even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my team mates standing in excitement".

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., clinched the top spot in the team figure skating competition after finishing third in the women's free skate on Monday, before teammates Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the ice dance segment of the event. "Team Canada has such an incredible group of fearless, courageous, fun, inspiring athletes - and we'll be forever bonded thanks to the unique experiences we have the chance to share together". Carolina Kostner finished in second in the ladies short program with 75.1 points.



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