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Wagner, Marlie to skate US team short programs

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2014 at 2:40 am •  Published: February 7, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Hoping to climb out of a huge hole, the United States has turned to its world champions in the team competition at the Sochi Olympics.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White will skate in the short dance team Saturday. Davis and White won the silver medal at the Vancouver Games and are two-time world champions. They are the Americans' best hope for a figure skating medal in Sochi.

Ashley Wagner will skate in the women's short program for a U.S. team that's in seventh place. Only five teams advance to the free skate after Saturday's cutdown.

Davis and White have expressed unbridled enthusiasm for the new team event, which is led by Russia with 19 points after Thursday's opening action. The United States has 10 points, tied for fifth but seventh overall because of tiebreakers.

"It's something we are really excited to be a part of," White said after qualifying for the U.S. team last month. "It is exciting for our sport. Really, figure skating is in the limelight during the Olympics, and for us to have an opportunity to share in even a bigger experience is amazing.

"Obviously, getting to compete twice at the Olympics is something we are not going to take for granted."

Their top competition in the team short dance, as it has been for years, will be defending Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.

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