PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (CBSNewYork/CBS News) — After a one-day break, figure skating resumed Monday with the ice dancing short program at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
A strong performance from Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir helped Canada win gold in the team competition, but Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France and American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani could provide serious competition.
Medals were up for grabs in just three events Monday in Pyeongchang: men’s 500-meter speedskating, men’s large hill team ski jumping, and men’s two-man bobsled.
In the women’s hockey semifinals, the Americans were to play Finland, while defending champion Canada was to face Russia.
Meanwhile, Canada’s women curlers were fighting their way back from a shocking string of losses at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The Canadians nabbed an 8-3 win over Japan on Monday in the women’s round robin. Japan conceded the game early after a strong performance from the Canadians left them with little chance of catching up.
Canada’s women curlers are the defending world champions and came into the games as the favorite to win gold. But they fell to last place in the standings after losing their first three games. Monday’s game marks their third straight win, putting them fourth place in the rankings.
Korea and Sweden are now tied for first place in the women’s rankings, followed by Japan.
Also Monday, two Americans who are representing South Korea in the Pyeongchang Olympics made the cut for the free dance competition.
Yura Min has Korean heritage, and her partner, Alexander Gamelin, passed a citizenship test to become eligible.
Min bawled when she saw the short dance numbers from the judges.
She says, “All we could ask for was to put out our best performance, and we did. It’s the most amazing feeling.”
Min had a wardrobe malfunction during the team short dance, with a hook popping at the beginning of the routine. She fought through, keeping the costume up for the entire program despite having thoughts of stopping.
No such worries this time, and she’s thrilled to be remembered for something else at these Olympics.