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USA wins bronze medal in figure skating team event

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The United States finished third in the figure skating team event program, mirroring their result in Sochi four years ago.

Maia and Alex Shibutani clinched the bronze for Team USA in the pairs free skate program, finishing with a technical score of 53.73. The siblings, who skated to Coldplay’s “Paradise”, nearly equaled their previous best with a score of 112.01.

NBCOlympics.com: Team USA captures bronze in figure skating team event

Mirai Nagasu finished second in the ladies free skate program with a score of 137.53, finishing behind Team OAR’s Alina Zagitova, who scored a remarkable 158.08. Nagasu became the first female American Olympian to land a triple axel.

NBCOlympics.com: Mirai Nagasu lands her triple Axel on Olympic ice

Adam Rippon opened up the final day of the team event program, finishing third.

NBCOlympics.com: Adam Rippon skates clean team event free skate

Results

Gold: Canada, 63 points

Silver: Olympic Athletes from Russia, 58

Bronze: United States, 53

4. Italy, 49

5. Japan, 44

Exhibition gala closes out figure skating program in PyeongChang

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Without the pressure of racking up points to land on the medal podium, the figure skating exhibition gala is a chance for the athletes to express themselves. There aren’t rules about jumping sequences, and instead, skaters can use props and silly concepts, if they want.

Figure skaters who win medals at the Olympics are typically among the invite list, plus up-and-coming skaters from the host country and other fan favorites.

Here are some of the best performances of the evening:

Ice dance bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani reprised last season’s “That’s Life” short dance by Frank Sinatra featuring Jay-Z for this year’s exhibition.

Ladies’ gold medalist Alina Zagitova performed her “Priestess of Fire” exhibition, which included a fake candle prop glowing on the ice.

Watch performances from the figure skating gala by clicking here 

Double gold: Germany’s Friedrich wins 4-man bobsled

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Two-man? Check. Four-man? Double check. Francesco Friedrich piloted his German sled to gold in the four-man bobsled, becoming the sixth pilot to win gold in both the two- and four-man bobsled in the same Olympics on the final day of competition in PyeongChang.

After tying with Canada’s Justin Kripps in two-man, Friedrich made no doubt in four-man, sliding to a dominant win. The German sled was clear of second by 0.53 seconds. And in second? Another tie on the bobsled course — just like the tie for gold in two-man. South Korea and Germany shared the silver medal.

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South Korea’s medal was historic. Won Yun-Jong delivered for the home nation, bringing the country its first medal in the bobsled. Yun Sung-Bin won the country’s first medal in a sliding event by taking gold in skeleton earlier in the games. Germany’s Nico Walther piloted the sled that tied.

Codie Bascue piloted the top American sled to a ninth-place finish. Nick Cunningham and Justin Olsen improved in Runs 3 and 4 to finish 19th and 20th, respectively.

Results: 

Gold: Germany (Friedrich sled)
Silver: South Korea (Won sled)
Silver: Germany (Walther sled)

Read the full recap and watch bobsled highlights by clicking here