Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

American Anderson repeats with slopestyle gold

American Anderson repeats with slopestyle gold

"When we step on the ice it's our moment, and we need to enjoy it, and then we get off and enjoy it as a team".

Nagasu became the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition, in a powerful performance that brought a score of 137.53 points - a new personal best, according to the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

She also accepted congratulations from 1992 Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi.

Five of the seven who took the ice - men's single skater Patrick Chan, ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford - plan to retire at the end of the Games, all in their late 20s and early 30s. They are a true inspiration for all Canadians. They're quick to share compliments about the other, and refer to each other as "best friends". Gold in the team event in Pyeongchang would be theirs. But the Canadians arrived determined to shake that mentality. "What we have is such a cool relationship", said Moir. "We recognize that. But what we do realize - and I think I learned this from Evgeni Plushenko actually - is a lot of things have to go right".

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For Chan, 27, the victory was particularly poignant.

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Virtue and Moir's natural chemistry on ice has lifted them to three World Championship wins, eight Canadian championship wins, two Olympic golds and two silvers. Afterwards, he took a break from skating, and returned to find the sport had left him behind. Three different players scored for the US against the Finns, with Monique Lamoureux-Davidson getting the first goal of the Games for Team USA.

Chan, who's struggled all season, took the ice first for Canada and could have crumpled under the pressure.

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"My life has changed".

"I don't know if you could tell - it was more something I could feel - but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye I could see my teammates standing out of excitement", Nagasu said. After a two-year break, they decided they hadn't quite finished with their tenure in ice competition, and so returned for this round in PyeongChang, to the surprise of many. This is Canada's first gold medal in this Olympic competition and the 7 overall Olympic medal for Canada.

Virtue and Moir's gold-medal winning routine, performed to the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, made the internet blow up - and not just in recognition of the pair's talent. "We are not only representing a great team but a great country", she said.

"It was a really special feeling today waking up from my nap and seeing that Adam had really thrown it down, and then we we started warming up [and] seeing Mirai nail that triple axel was just an incredible thing", said Alex Shibutani, the other co-captain.

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