Winter Olympics skaters decide to tone down 'raunchy' routine

THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Canadian ice dance team Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir thrilled viewers with both of their routines at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Canada moved into first place after a stunning free skate by Gabrielle Daleman, with Moir and his partner Tessa Virtue still to compete. Defending champion Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) won the silver with 66 points and the United States took home their second bronze medal in the event with 62 points.

Gangneung: If you think Evgenia Medvedeva will cruise to the Olympic gold medal in figure skating, think again.

The pair scratched a move where Virtue flipped backward onto Moir's shoulders, where she'd straddle him as Moir's face was between her legs.

A Canadian figure skating duo changed their routine after it was deemed "too sexy" for the Winter Olympics.

The next phase of the Olympic team figure skating competition is underway in Pyeongchang.

Alina Zagitova of Russian Federation competes in the ladies single team figure skating competition during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Monday at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung, South Korea.

Laurie Blouin of Canada took silver in the event, and Enni Rukajarvi of Finland took bronze. It didn't quite work, but the gesture captured the unity and spirit the Canadians have brought all week to the team event.

Wust won her fifth Olympic gold medal, using a stirring last lap to set a time of 1 minute, 54.35 seconds.

Chan didn't have a great short program, and if there is a weakness in the Canadian team, he could be it. "We have our own job to do.' But, I mean, we're a very strongly connected team".

"We really wanted a sleek, modern, contemporary esthetic overall", Virtue told the Star's Rosie DiManno.

As Zagitova finished her "Don Quixote" themed long program, Medvedeva applauded her warmly, as did American skater Adam Rippon. "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".

Canada's figure skaters celebrate their gold medal in the team event at the Pyeongchang Olympics on February 12.

For them, it's a chance to work out the kinks in a competitive environment, fine-tuning their own programs for what really matters in the coming days.

Technically, Chan's hard performance in the short program didn't hurt the Canadian team in terms of points, because most of his competitors also faltered, leaving Chan relatively unscathed in third place.

"We also needed to deliver a message and prove that we're ready and trained", Virtue said. "We want to make it the best possible".

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