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Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014, 12:00 p.m.

Olympics: Russia takes early lead in team figure skating

SOCHI, Russia ó Thrilling their countrymen on the first day of competition at the Sochi Olympics, Russia took the lead after the pairs and menís short programs in the new event of team figure skating.
Three-time Olympic medalist Evgeni Plushenko finished second to Japanís Yuzuru Hanyu in the menís portion Thursday night, then world champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov convincingly won the pairs.
The combined 19 points ó 10 for first place, nine for second ó lifted the hosts ahead of Canada, which earned nine points in pairs from Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, and eight in menís from three-time world champion Patrick Chan.
The team competition continues Saturday with ice dance, the womenís short program and the pairs free skate. It concludes Sunday with the other three long programs.

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