U.S. gets Olympic team figure skating bronze

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The United States has earned the bronze medal in team figure skating. It clinched third even before its ice dancers took the ice.

Canada already was assured of the gold and the Russians had taken silver heading into the final discipline. The Americans led Italy by four points, and when the Italian ice dancers, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, did not score well enough to win the free dance, the U.S. had replicated its third-place finish in the event at Sochi.

That pretty much left Maia and Alex Shibutani's program as an exhibition.

The medals winners were the same as in 2014, except the Canadians had moved up a spot, and the Russians - the Olympic Athletes from Russia this time around - won gold.