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Highlights from the Beijing Winter Olympics Nathan Chen, Americans take figure skating lead

U.S. figure skater Nathan Chen posted the best score of the day in the men's short program during the figure skating team competition. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty Images)
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The United States figure skating team started strong on the first day of competition, an early highlight before the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Games. The U.S. scored 28 of a possible 30 points in the first session of the team figure skating event, which continues Sunday. Friday’s competitive events and practices mostly ended in the midafternoon Beijing time, clearing the schedule for Friday night’s Opening Ceremonies, which will begin at 7 a.m. Eastern time. (Follow along here.)

Highlights from Beijing

  • In the team figure skating competition, U.S. star Nathan Chen skated brilliantly in the men’s short program, while teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue finished first in rhythm dance, putting the U.S. team in line to compete for a medal. The Americans are in first place after three of eight segments.
  • U.S. officials said they did not anticipate any American athletes boycotting the Opening Ceremonies to protest human rights abuses in China.
  • Three American men’s hockey players tested positive for the coronavirus, but the team is optimistic the players will return in time for next Thursday’s opener. Elana Meyers Taylor, Team USA’s top medal hope in bobsled, tested positive again but also expressed optimism.
  • The Opening Ceremonies, a shorter and more austere presentation than in past years, are scheduled for Friday night in Beijing (7 a.m. Eastern time Friday). Here is everything you need to know.

Highlights from Day 1 at the Beijing Winter Olympics