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Jewish Figure Skaters Grab Bronze Team Medal
Jewish figure skaters Jason Brown, 19, and Charlie White, 26, were early medalists in this year's winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.
The two contributed their talents as members of the United States' figure skating team to help win a bronze medal on Feb. 10 in the mixed team event.
The event — a competition re-introduced after last appearing in 1976 — consists of six components: long and short solo programs for both men and women, as well as pairs and ice dancing competitions. The results of the various pairs and individual performances are tallied up for a total team score.
White, along with longtime ice dancing partner Meryl Davis, took first place in the ice dancing pairs competition, while Brown took fourth place in the men's free skate program, to help the United States gain enough overall points for a third place team finish.
The medal was White's second — he won silver in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. For Brown, who was making his Olympics debut, the medal was his first.
After the conclusion of the team event, White posted on his Twitter page: "We worked really hard to earn that Olympic Medal — something that will be uniting us together as family for the rest of our lives! Go #TeamUSA."
Russia won gold behind powerful individual performances from 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya and star Yevgeny Plushenko, who counted this as his fourth Olympic medal. Lipnitskaya chose music from the Schindler’s List soundtrack as the accompaniment to her free skate program.
Canada grabbed the silver medal with a strong second place finish.