Russia shines, U.S. stumbles in first day of team figure skating competition

Halfway through the short programs of the new figure skating team competition at the Olympics, favorites Russia and Canada stood first and second, while the U.S. team, hampered by a weak performance by Jeremy Abbott, stood in a three-way tie for fifth and in need of a rally. Four-time Olympian Evgeni Plushenko and the superb pair of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov sparked the Russians, who now look like favorites. Russia leads the competition with 19 points followed by Canada with 17,



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