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2014 Winter Olympic team figure skating: The newest event

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Ashely Wagner of the United States competes in the Figure Skating Team Ladies Short Program during day one at the Iceberg Skating Palace.
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Ashely Wagner of the United States competes in the Figure Skating Team Ladies Short Program during day one at the Iceberg Skating Palace.
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Saturday night’s taped primetime Winter Olympic coverage on NBC featured the new team event in figure skating. It continued on with the ice dance and ladies single disciplines.

Prior to the opening ceremonies, Thursday had the mens and pairs skating in the short program, which are approximately two-minutes in length. As of Saturday Team USA was in seventh place in the overall standings.

That was all about to change with USA’s Meryl Davis’ and Charlie White’s outstanding performance of music from Frederick Loewe’s “My Fair Lady.” Meryl’s pretty in pink skating costume flowed as she and her partner were in complete synchronization.

They won the night against their rivals from Canada, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. This catapulted Team USA into third place. Only five teams continue on to the finals Sunday.

In the ladies singles Ashley Wagner represented Team USA. Her controversial placement on the Olympic team, after a disastrous performance at Nationals, never rattled her. Ashley gave a poised and strong performance that should have received higher scores.

Russia’s Yulia Lipnitskaya, who is only 15, gave a stellar performance of sheer artistry and magnificent technical feats. She literally brought the house down as the hometown favorite.

Ashley Wagner placed fourth in the short program that kept USA in third place. Now it’s onward to the demanding freestyle program.