Competition is underway in Sochi from the mountains to the ice rink. It was a day of mixed results for our New England athletes. An up and down first day for team U.S.A. On the ice.
Sudbury's Simon Shnapir and Cranston’s Marissa Castelli wowing the crowd with a perfectly executed throw.
There was a stumble on one of their jumps but they still put up their personal best score in international competition.
“We felt good, we beat our personal best and ready to do more again,” said Castelli.
Jeremy Abbott fell and crashed into the boards on one jump and failed to complete a second.
“I am not sure what went wrong. Just was one of those nights,” said Abbott.
Team U.S.A. Is in fifth place. With tiebreakers they're in 7th. Only the top five advance onto the free skate.
Up in the mountains, New England's Hannah Kearney scored the highest in women's mogul qualifying for a chance to repeat her gold medal performance of four years ago.
“There's just something about getting the first run out of the way. You see how you're skiing compared to others for the first time and what it’s going to take to do well,” said Kearney.
Finally all the talk leading to the slopes style event was about the danger of the course. While there were crashes, no one was seriously hurt.
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