Performing with flare and winning first place was none other than Evgeni Plushenko. Plushenko had yet another exciting skate, but it was not as electrifying as his short program. He seemed to run out of steam.
It’s been reported that Plushenko's back pain started kicking in and was a factor as he began to double some of his planned triple jumps. Overall it was still a strong showing and it is reported that he will continue on to the individual event, so yet another medal possibility for already immensely decorated, Evgeni Plushenko.
Coming into a close second was Canadian, Kevin Reynolds, who included three quadruple jumps in his free skate. Due to boot issues, Kevin has not competed much this season, but he came out strong with only a few minor mistakes as he took Patrick Chan's place for the free skate.
Japan’s Tatsuki Machida, also had a solid skate placing him in third with USA’s Jason Brown following in fourth. Brown does not have a quadruple jump, which does make him less competitive on the international scene. He seemed stiff out there, lacking that excitement and glow we are use to seeing from him. He fell at the tail end of his triple lutz-half loop-triple salchow combination, but recovered nicely and overall it was a good start to his Olympic debut.
"It was so exciting," Jason shared with the media, "But at the same time, I was competing for the team. My main goal was to contribute to the team event, to just stay calm, to stay calm. As the program went on, I felt good."
The team event will continue with the ladies and ice dance free skate as medals will be awarded today.
Olympic Figure Skating Team Event: Men’s free skate standings
1. Evgeni Plushenko RUS - 168.20
2. Kevin Reynolds CAN - 167.92
3. Tatsuki Machida JPN - 165.85
4. Jason Brown USA - 153.67
5. Paul Bonifacio Parkinson ITA - 121.23