The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, but some athletes are already competing. The action on the ice started early Thursday with the team figure skating competition.
Tucson native Chris Knierim and his wife Alexa stunned spectators and the judges in pairs skating. Their electricity on the ice definitely did not seem rehearsed. This dynamic duo is the first married pair to compete for Team USA since 1998. They are actually scheduled to skate again on Valentine's Day.
Also hitting the ice, rising Team USA star Nathan Chen. The 18-year-old has been a favorite heading into the games. However, it was a rocky start for this Olympic newcomer in the men's short program in the team event. Chen took a tumble on the ice! It looks like nerves may have gotten the better of him.
Don't worry though, Chen isn't done yet; he will compete in the men's single skate next week.
Chen came in fourth place, gaining Team USA seven points in the men's team event. Adam Rippon will sub in and skate for Chen in the men's team event free skate on Monday. Later that night we'll find out which country gets the gold.
Plus, a new sport was introduced at these winter games, mixed doubles curling. The qualifying rounds kicked off with the American team taking down Team Russia. The brother and sister duo of Matt and Becca Hamilton are looking to bring home the first Olympic gold ever in this event.