Bradie Tennell's error-free Olympic debut keeps USA alive in team figure skating

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Buffalo Grove's Bradie Tennell is beginning her quest for Olympic figure-skating gold in South Korea.

Tennell's spotless execution drew raves from NBC analyst Tara Lipinksi, who was unapologetically blunt in assessing fellow American Nathan Chen's disastrous short program in his Olympic debut two days earlier.

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After the ladies' short program, half of the countries in the team event were eliminated. That earned the USA team six points.

Finishing just a point behind the Shibutanis' were reigning European silver medalists Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev, who earned a 74.76 and earned 8 points for the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation.

Maia and Alex Shibutani will perform their short dance, set to a medley of Perez Prado songs.

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2010 Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir kicked off their third Olympic games with an outstanding short dance in the team competition, to keep Team Canada in first place after three events. The Shibutanis already have Olympic experience: At the 2014 Winter Games, they placed ninth overall but did not participate in the team event.

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Tennell, who turned 20 on January 31, skated under the radar for much of her junior career, before she broke one of her lumbar vertebra just as she was starting to get attention and was forced to wear a brace for months in 2015. "I'm really happy. I don't think I could have asked for a better first program at the Olympics". Their short dance received a level two for their rhumba and a level three for step sequences, but they receive level four for their twizzles and rotational lift. With a ballerina's grace and diva's range of emotion, Medvedeva also earned the highest component score, 38.23.

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She started skating at age 2. That's why she wears headphones, so she can listen to '80s classic rock, like AC/DC and Boston, that pumps her up. "The performance felt great and we felt good about what we did out there", Alex said.

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