BEIJING (AP) — Nathan Chen and the U.S. figure skating team took a surprising lead on the opening day of competition at the Beijing Olympics. Chen won the short program with a brilliant performance, and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue followed with a victory in the rhythm dance. Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier were third in the pairs short program, putting the Americans in first place heading into the women's short program Sunday. The heavily favored Russian team is two points back in second, while host nation China is seven points behind the U.S. in third.

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