Several nations steered away from their A-teams, at least for the climactic free skates. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia, both gold medal favorites in their individual events, and Nathan Chen of the United States did not appear for the free skates, though Medvedeva and Chen had skated in the short program.
Canada had come into the final day with the lead, and never was in danger of losing it, especially after Chan’s opening win. A third place by Gabrielle Daleman in the women’s event was not enough to stop their momentum, and another strong performance by Virtue and Moir locked up the big win.
Women: Mirai Nagasu Nails Routine for U.S.
Despite finishing third at the national championships in 2014, Mirai Nagasu was passed over for an Olympic berth. Now, finally back at the Olympics four years later, Nagasu gave a near-perfect performance, starting with a triple axel, a move few women can land. (The Associated Press reported that only Midori Ito and Mao Asada of Japan have done it at the Olympics before.) Before the routine was even over, Nagasu was visibly exulting, and her score reflected the impressive performance.
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