Davis and White, Wagner get calls in shorts for USARussia opts for Lipnitskaia over Sotnikova; China tabs Zhang, not Li
U.S. Figure Skating announced Friday that Ashley Wagner (ladies) and Meryl Davis and Charlie White (ice dance) will represent Team USA in the Olympic team event ladies short program and short dance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The team event short dance is set for 9:30 a.m. ET, Saturday, Feb. 8. It will be followed by the team event ladies short program at 8:10 a.m. ET and the team event pairs free skate at 10:05 a.m. ET.
Team event competition began Thursday at the Iceberg Skating Palace. Jeremy Abbott finished seventh (four points) and Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir fifth (six points). Team USA is one of three teams with 10 points heading into Saturday's events.
Remaining USA team event entries will be announced as follows:
Free skate - pairs - 12:40 p.m. ET, Saturday, Feb. 8
Free skate/dance - ladies, men, ice dance - 1:00 a.m. ET, Sunday, Feb. 9
Other notable entries
Team Russia, which grabbed the lead after the men's and pairs shorts, will go with European champion Julia Lipnitskaia in the ladies short and dance duo Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev. Some thought Adelina Sotnikova would get the nod in ladies.
There were no surprises for second-place Team Canada, which announced Kaetlyn Osmond in ladies and Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in dance. Skating fans will get an early treat as Virtue and Moir face archrivals Davis and White.
Team Japan appointed Mao Asada in ladies and siblings Cathy Reed and Chris Reed for dance, as expected.
Team China opted for Kexin Zhang and not Zijun Li in the ladies short program, with the likely possibility that Li will skate the free.
Team USA position
Though the Americans sit in a three-way points tie with Germany and France, the outlook is still bright for Team USA to reach the podium. The U.S. trails third-place China by five points and fourth-place Japan by three points, ground that could be made up in the short dance with world champions Davis and White leading the charge.
Here are the standings after the men's and pairs shorts:
1. Russia - 19 points
2. Canada - 17 points
3. China - 15 points
4. Japan - 13 points
5. Germany - 10 points
6. France - 10 points
7. United States - 10 points
8. Italy - 8 points
9. Ukraine - 5 points
10. Great Britain - 3 points
Note: Though Germany, France and the United States are tied with 10 points, tie-breaking procedures slot Germany into fifth and France into sixth.