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Michigan skaters set new record and U.S. Hockey team is 3-0

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. compete during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 16 2014. 
Credit: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk
Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. compete during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 16 2014. Credit: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

SOCHI, RUSSIA (WKZO) -- Sunday was a good day for several Olympians with Michigan Connections.

The U.S. Hockey Team maintained their perfect record beating Slovenia 5 to 1 with Spartan goalie Ryan Miller in the net.

University of Michigan students Meryl Davis and Charlie White are leading the pairs Ice Dance short program, and are favorites to win gold after the “free dance” Monday.

Their short program received the highest score ever from the Olympic Judges. 

Right behind them in second, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who train in Canton, Michigan, but skate for Canada.

Chris and Cathy Reed, who were born in Kalamazoo but are skating for Japan finished 21st in the same short dance competition.

Michigan speed skater Jilleanne Rookard finished 18th in the 1500-meter.

Michigan native Mitt Romney knows a thing or two about how to run an Olympics. He was hired to straighten out the finances of the Salt Lake City Games in 2002 after they were beset by mismanagement and corruption.

He told NBC’s Meet the Press that the Russians have wasted billions on the Games in Sochi that could have been better spent fighting poverty and disease around the world.

He says he could have done it for just a fraction of the 50-billion dollars paid by the Vladimir Putin.

Romney first voiced his criticisms of the Sochi games in a ‘U.S.A. Today’ Op-Ed piece last week.

 

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