He said he needs some time to go over his mistakes so he doesn't repeat them. "I'm not going to show that I'm happy and try to fake it if I'm genuinely not".
"Definitely not a representation of who I am and what I can do".
Japan's Shoma Uno fell once but managed to claim top spot with a score of 103.25, while Alexei Bychenko of Israel pulled off a clean skate and finished second at 88.49.
The first day of Patrick Chan's final Olympics began before the sun came up. Figure out exactly what went wrong so that when the time comes for the actual (individual) event, that doesn't happen again. Figure skaters Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim performed well in the team pairs short program, and America finished in fourth place in that discipline.
"It is always more hard when you have an early practice and then the competition takes place two hours later", said Bruno Massot, who along with Aliona Savchenko is favored to win the pairs event next week.
With the results, South Korea ranked 10th with eight points in total after three disciplines, while Canada is leading the race with 27 points, followed by the United States with 23 points and the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) with 21 points. They each perform a short program after which the top five teams progress to perform a free skate. The unusually early start time of 10 a.m., was mentioned by some skaters as an issue, and nerves and fatigue may have also played small roles, but ultimately Chen said those things were not to blame for his error-ridden Olympic debut. "I was starting to think, 'Maybe I wasn't selected for the team.' But there was still that tentative hope in me, and I was just hoping and praying that I would get that text". I was kind of ahead of myself in terms of how to land the jump, how to get out.
But his biggest concern wasn't how his sub-par performance reflected on him. While there is great intrigue for the individual events here, in the team competition, the placements are nearly a foregone conclusion: OAR, Canada and the United States, just like in 2014 in Sochi, the inaugural Olympic team event. Chen said he enjoyed it, especially because it offered the 18-year-old valuable experience before he competes individually. "Honestly, (my nerves) were not too bad". "I don't think there'll be a problem".
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Ms Kim, who is said to be very close to her brother, was promoted to the North's powerful politburo a year ago . Japan's focus is now likely to be on fortifying trilateral cohesion with South Korea and the United States.
"In the individual I'll be more ready".
Unique to the team event, skaters sit in country boxes, and teammates can join competitors in the "kiss and cry". 8 p.m. ET. The Team short dance starts first.
He said if he had any immediate analysis it was that his excitement caused his timing to be off.
While nervous, the 30-year-old said he felt no pressure and for him, "it was just fun". "My mom was in the room, and she looked at me, and she asked, 'Is this it?' And I said, 'Yes, it is.' It was a moment that I will never forget, and I really will cherish forever". She choreographed her own routines for her short and long programs for the 2016-2017 season (when she was named the US national champion), and is doing the same for the Olympics.
"Ultimately, it kind of just feels like any other skating competition, the way it's set up", Chen said. "But obviously, the vibe of the Olympics, the idea that you're at the Olympics, seeing the rings and everything, that's different". Snowboarders from Norway and Canada are favorites to win the gold, but Team USA's Red Gerard qualified for the finals with one of the most high scoring rail sections from any skiier. We're a great team, so they're very supportive.
"We're really focused on our personal event", said Guillaume Cizeron, who with Gabrielle Papadakis are two-time ice dance world champions and among the favorites in that competition.
Just days away from the opening ceremony, Chen says she's feeling "the best" she's felt all season.