Olympics: Russia takes early lead in 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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