Tim Arsenault: International incidentals on the Olympic ice

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The Canadian pairing of Scott Moir and his partner Tessa Virtue are looking for their second Olympic gold medal in ice dancing chose to modify their risqué lift during their routine. At that point, the United States was leading Italy for bronze, but it wasn't yet decided.

Despite making slight adjustments to their figure skating performance, the duo was till able to wen a gold medal during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and tie the record for most Olympic medals won by figure skaters.

The move, which Moir had jokingly referred to as "porno", saw Virtue come out of an up-thrust with her legs hooked around her partner's shoulders and hands clasped behind the back of his head. They did so while toning down their routine.

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Heavily favored Canada has used its strongest figure skaters to increase its lead in the team event at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Canada had just settled for silver in the inaugural team event at those 2014 Games, and it didn't sit well with a team that boasts some of the world's greatest skaters. It didn't quite work, but the gesture captured the unity and spirit the Canadians have brought all week to the team event.

Team Canada celebrates their gold medal in the team event.

In the second event of the night, Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond finished third in the ladies single short program with a score of 71.38.

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"I'm so proud to be on this team", Rippon said on the NBC broadcast. The veterans stepped up and said, we got this.

That the elusive gold medal finally came in the team event, and not the individual competition he coveted for so long, is fine with him.

The three-time world champion placed first with a score of 179.75 in the men's free program, keeping the veteran Canadian team in first place before Daleman's performance.

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. "We weren't happy with our approach in Sochi and we wanted to change that". "I'm going to hold this medal tight to me".

Johnston scored first when Brianne Jenner found her dashing to the net at 1:55 of the second period.

"We wanted to win the team event in 2018 and we believed in ourselves and we talked about it as a team", Moir said. "I don't think a lot of the other countries have that unity, and I think that's going to be Canada's strength", Duhamel says.

It takes just a few seconds, but it was too long for comfort for some (despite much of the crowd erupting in standing applause).

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