LIVE UPDATES: ROC, U.S. skaters star in women's short program

Mariah Bell practices - Credit: Getty Images

Mariah Bell practices – Credit: Getty Images

One of the most anticipated events at any Winter Olympics, the women’s singles figure skating competition, gets underway Tuesday, Feb. 15, with the short program.

The three competitors from the Russian Olympic Committee — Anna Shcherbakova, Aleksandra Trusova and Kamilva Valieva, entered the Games as favorites for a podium sweep. Their stiffest competition will come from Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto and Wakaba Higuchi.

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The U.S. is represented by Mariah BellKaren Chen and Alysa Liu — all capable of playing spoiler.

Follow along with our live blog below…

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Group 1 feat. Mana Kawabe

5:14 a.m. ET: Aaaand we’re off! Anastasia Shabotova of Ukraine gets the women’s short underway with some “Carol of the Bells.” A fall on her opening triple axel and she scores 48.68 points.

5:21 a.m. ET: Finland’s Jenni Saarinen is next up and she scores 56.97 points skating to another well-known tune: “Claire de lune.”

5:28 a.m. ET: Austria’s Olga Mikutina is into first now with 61.14 points after under-rotating two of her turns.

5:34 a.m. ET: Japan’s Mana Kawabe makes her Olympic debut after earning the silver medal at NHK Trophy, the Grand Prix event held in Japan, this fall. She falls on her triple axel but recovers well the remainder of the program; into first with a score of 62.69.

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