Japan clinched a bronze medal in the figure skating group opposition Monday at the Beijing Wintertime Olympics just after Kaori Sakamoto finished 2nd in the women’s totally free skate section.
The Russian Olympic Committee gained gold with 74 factors, 9 details forward of silver medalists the United States, with Japan a more two points back at the Cash Indoor Stadium.
Users of Japan’s figure skating staff rejoice as they finish third in the crew occasion at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 7, 2022, at the Cash Indoor Stadium in Beijing. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
“I was anxious when I uncovered out the women’s cost-free skate was final (on the system), but I have been teaching so I felt greater recognizing I just had to replicate what I have been carrying out in observe,” Sakamoto stated.
“Thanks to everyone’s challenging function I was in a position to conduct devoid of strain. I am truly pleased I was capable to get a bronze medal.”
The ROC’s 15-year-previous prodigy Kamila Valieva backed up her initially put in Sunday’s short system by leading-scoring with 178.92 points in the totally free skate, underlining her standing as the women’s unique gold medal beloved.
Sakamoto scored 148.66 and acquired 9 group details with an confident functionality that includes a double axel and seven triple jumps. Canada’s Madeline Schizas was 3rd with 132.04.
Kaori Sakamoto of Japan performs in the women’s absolutely free software of the determine skating crew occasion at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 7, 2022, at the Cash Indoor Stadium in Beijing. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Ice dancers Misato Komatsubara and Tim Koleto earlier completed last in the absolutely free dance part, scoring 98.66 to get paid six group factors and send out Japan into the very last function of the five-staff closing in 3rd area.
“We have been via rather a couple workforce competitions alongside one another to practice for this, so I assume the electricity of the singles skaters and the pairs skating, specifically, and the capability that they had been in a position to convey to this opposition, is the cause we are standing below suitable now,” stated Koleto, who also goes by the Japanese title Takeru Komatsubara.
People in america Madison Chock and Evan Bates ended up very first with 129.07, in advance of the Russian Olympic Committee’s Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov with 128.17. Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier put 3rd with 124.39.
Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara began Monday’s opposition by putting 2nd in the pairs no cost skate area to briefly move Japan up to next in general. The Japanese pair, who finished fourth in Friday’s brief plan, strike all of their components in a miscalculation-absolutely free plan to score 139.60.
“We did not make any problems today and this is our period-ideal. We’re satisfied about that,” Kihara stated.
The ROC’s Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov best scored with 145.20, while China’s Peng Cheng and Jin Yang concluded 3rd with 131.75.
Japan came into the last working day of competition trailing the ROC and United States in third just after Yuma Kagiyama topped the men’s cost-free skate part on Sunday.
The 18-year-old’s rating of 208.94 built him just the third particular person to earn far more than 200 factors for the cost-free skate, becoming a member of the elite organization of back-to-again Olympic men’s winner Yuzuru Hanyu and this year’s gold medal beloved Nathan Chen.
Riku Miura (L) and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan accomplish in the pair skating absolutely free application in the figure skating group celebration at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 7, 2022, at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Associates of Japan’s determine skating staff — (from R) Wakaba Higuchi, Yuma Kagiyama, Kaori Sakamoto, Shoma Uno, Riku Miura, Ryuichi Kihara, Misato Komatsubara and Tim Koleto — celebrate following ending third in the crew event at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 7, 2022, at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo