• KYODO, REUTERS

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Shoma Uno gave Japan a strong start in the figure skating team competition Friday at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but the opening day belonged to the United States, led by men's singles gold medal favorite Nathan Chen.

The 22-year-old Chen earned his team the maximum score from the men's short program, while compatriots Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue placed first in ice dance rhythm dance to help the United States earn 28 of a possible 30 points at Beijing's Capital Indoor Stadium.

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