Sport The Latest: Olympic pairs free skate underway; China in 1st

03:56  15 february  2018
03:56  15 february  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China react as they wait for their scores following their performance in the pair figure skating short program in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)© The Associated Press Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China react as they wait for their scores following their performance in the pair figure skating short program in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

The pairs free skate is underway at Gangneung Ice Arena, where the Chinese team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong have less than a point lead over rivals Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov.

The total from Wednesday's short program and free skate determines the medals.

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Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, fresh off helping Canada win team gold, are currently third but well behind the two leaders. They have six other couples within three points of them, which should mean a tense, tight squeeze just to land on the podium.

The North Korean pair of Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik also are back for the free skate, along with their nation's cheerleaders. They were 11th of 22 teams in the short program.

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10:20 a.m.

American standout Mikaela Shiffrin has turned in a fast first run of the giant slalom to kick off her Pyeongchang Olympics.

She finished 0.20 seconds behind current leader Manuela Moelgg of Italy.

Shiffrin got wide on a few turns, but other than that was solid through the tight course. She's in good position for the final run later in the afternoon South Korea time.

Knierims skate with heavy hearts at Olympics pairs

  Knierims skate with heavy hearts at Olympics pairs Before heading out to skate on the Olympic ice Thursday, the Knierims saw the news of the deadly Florida high school shootings. The only U.S. pairs skaters at the games were hurting. "I'm emotionally drained," Alexa Scimeca-Knierim said as she broke down in tears following one of the most difficult performances of their careers. "I kind of put pressure on myself and wanted to honor those who were lost today."We are so privileged and lucky to be doing what we are doing, and it's so sad that 17 people died in the United States. I told Chris today he'd need to be so much stronger than me.

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The 22-year-old finished fifth in the giant slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games. She's the defending Olympic slalom champion.

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10 a.m.

The women's Alpine racing program at the Pyeongchang Olympics has finally begun with Manuela Moelgg of Italy starting the first run of the giant slalom.

Hampered by high wind and weather, the women's races have been postponed twice at the Yongpyong Alpine Center.

On a clear day with much less wind, Moelgg got things going. American standout Mikaela Shiffrin will be the No. 7 racer out of the starting gate. She's among the favorites in the giant slalom.

The second run is Thursday afternoon South Korea time.

Knierims skate with heavy hearts at Olympics pairs

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9:35 a.m.

Assuming the weather cooperates, there are nine medals up for grabs at the Olympics, including the women's giant slalom, where Mikaela Shiffrin is set to make her Pyeongchang debut.

Only one of four scheduled Alpine races has been run so far because of strong winds at both hills being used for the Winter Games. Both the women's giant slalom and the men's downhill are to be held Thursday.

Olympics blog: Chen completes 6 quads in Olympic free skate

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It's also the finale of the pairs figure-skating competition, where Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China have a slim lead over Russian skaters Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov heading into the free skate. Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are in third, but several teams are still within reach of the podium.

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NBC gets 17.3 million for figure skating's big night .
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