'You've done this program a million times, this is just a million and one.' I get butterflies before the music starts, but then when the music starts, I go on autopilot and lose myself.
Consistency and Bradie Tennell have gone hand-in-hand all season, and in her Olympic debut, it was no different.
Tennell's spotless execution drew raves from NBC analyst Tara Lipinksi, who was unapologetically blunt in assessing fellow American Nathan Chen's disastrous short program in his Olympic debut two days earlier. Of the 10 teams participating in the event, just the top five move on to the free skate performances.
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2018 US silver medalist Mirai Nagasu will compete her "Miss Saigon" free skate for Team USA Monday in the final day of competition for the team event, while Tennell will now focus on the ladies individual event. The athletes are judged as usual, but standings are determined by points.
In the Short Dance competition, Maia and Alex Shibutani will hit the ice for the United States, according to a press release from U.S. Figure Skating. The pair placed fourth overall. Japan is third with 13 points, marginally ahead of the Russian team after the men's short program and the pairs short program. "I'm really happy. I don't think I could have asked for a better first program at the Olympics".
Wust claimed two gold medals and three silvers at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi - and with her silver medal in Pyeongchang she is tied with Pechstein as the most decorated Olympic speed skater. Kostner will skate her free skate Monday for Italy. We have been scoring much higher.
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USA skater Bradie Tennell practises at Gangneung Ice Arena ahead of the women figure skating competition of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 8, 2018.
She started skating at age 2. In that span, Tennell said, her mother, a nurse, was her rock throughout. That's why she wears headphones, so she can listen to '80s classic rock, like AC/DC and Boston, that pumps her up.
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