Figure Skating

CBC Sports - Sunday Feb. 9, 2014 10:07 ET

Kevin Reynolds secures silver for Canada in figure skating team event

Russians win competition

Canada’s Kevin Reynolds delivered a terrific men’s free program as part of the team event Sunday at Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)
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Vancouver’s Kevin Reynolds put down a solid performance in the men's free program Sunday to help Canada win a silver medal in the team figure skating event.

It was a compelling start to the Sochi Olympics after struggling with skate problems that forced him to miss most of the figure skating season.

Russia won the team event with 75 points. Canada finished concluded the competition taking silver with 65 points, while the U.S., earned bronze with 60 points.

Reynolds finished second in the men's long program Sunday, posting a score of 167.92.

"I'm very happy with that, considering that I missed the first half of the season," Reynolds said after the event. "I definitely didn't get the experience I wanted this year, especially going into an Olympic Games. But I got in three good weeks of training and I'm happy with what I did. It's a great start."

Former Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko won the competition for Russia with a score of 168.20.

Reynolds, who took over from Patrick Chan so the three-time world champion could concentrate on his individual event, performed a terrific program.

The 23-year-old, known as a premier jumper, certainly lived up to that billing, opening with beautiful quad Salchow, and then a quad toe, triple combination.

He finished the program by landing three quad jumps. Reynolds’ only real misstep was when he stumbled on a triple Axel. Reynolds did forgo a couple of jumps early in his program but he made up for them later.

"I'm glad that I could get the performance that I did tonight out the way. Considering that I didn't know for sure if I would get to participate until only a few days ago, I think I did great.

Although he wasn’t at his best, Plushenko thrilled the partisan Russian crowd with his effort.

The three-time Olympic medallist, and 2006 champion, made some errors in his jumps, and struggled with certain areas of his footwork. But his performance gave Russia an insurmountable lead over Canada.

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