Asian Americans skate into Olympic spotlight in record number

US picks Nathan Chen for team event short program in PyeongChang

US picks Nathan Chen for team event short program in PyeongChang

While the team event certainly matters for the athletes, for Chen (and the US Olympic squad), the main feature will be his individual event. "My mom was in the room, and she looked at me, and she asked, 'Is this it?' And I said, 'Yes, it is.' It was a moment that I will never forget, and I really will cherish forever".

It's only the second time team skating has been an Olympic event, in which countries are awarded points based on their rankings - 10 points for first place, nine for second, etc.

The United States was ranked the second thanks to Alexa Scimeca Knierim/Chris Knierim and Nathan Chen's fourth place finish both in pairs and in men's. With his parents, four siblings and US teammates looking on as a national TV audience tuned in back home, Chen barely put a foot right, wobbling on his opening quadruple jump and falling on a subsequent triple Axel. Chan's 8 points, and the 9 points earned by Duhamel and Radford, who had a score of 76.57, give Canada 17 after the first day, good enough for first.

"I need to mentally adjust to what happened", he said.

"It was not the best but this is the advantage of a team event - it's what we can each contribute", Chan told reporters.

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"It sounds cheesy, but having them there, normally if it was just me by myself, I would start analyzing (my program), being disappointed in the skate, but they were all so supportive", Chan said.

"Everything we went through is so worth it to keep pushing forward and chasing our dreams, because it's moments like that where we just look at each other with so much joy and love", said Scimeca-Knierim on their first Olympic Winter Games after a hard few seasons.

Shoma Uno laid down the only standout men's performance, filling in for reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu quite capably.

Uno two-footed and stepped out the landing of his opening quad flip, but was otherwise clean in his routine to "Winter" which featured a quad toe-triple toe and triple Axel.

This is the first time curling mixed doubles has been included in the Olympics. "Even if there was another pair team, we would still be doing both of the events".

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Israel's Alexei Bychenko racked up a season's best of 88.49 to finish second with his skate to "Hava Nagila", a Jewish folk song.

Several of Team USA's winter sport athletes joined in on the fun on Twitter ahead of the games and shared their hopes and dreams as they go for the gold. His low score could offer a blow to the United States as he finished fourth for the night (7 points).

"This is the first time and I like it that we keep writing history", he added. A year ago he was the first American to ever win a World Cup event.

Mikhail Kolyada, competing on behalf of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, finished in eighth place and earned the team three points.

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