The Olympic ice dance competition gets underway with the rhythm dance on Saturday, Feb. 12, where teams will skate their first of two programs that determine the medalists.
The rhythm dance used to be known as the short dance. Each season, ice dance couples are assigned rhythms their programs must include, and this season we will see teams incorporate at least two rhythms from the following: street dance rhythms, jazz, reggae and blues. Street dance rhythms are defined by the International Skating Union as hip-hop, disco, swing, krunk, popping and funk.
Follow along as 23 ice dance couples compete on their sport's biggest stage with our live blog below...
6:13 a.m. ET: Germany's Katharina Mueller and Tim Dieck start us off with their Joker/Harley Quinn-inspired program. Cleaner performance than their team event rhythm dance that saw them place 10th of 10 in that segment. And we're on the board with a score of 65.47 points.
6:34 a.m. ET: We've hit a brother-sister duo here with Natalie Taschlerova and Filip Taschler skating to Madonna. They, too, do better here than in the team event, taking 67.22 points and are second for now. For the first time, we've determined one of the 20 teams that will advance to the free dance is Turkkila and Versluis.
Current top three: Turkkila/Versluis, Taschlerova/Taschler, Nazarova/Nikitin
7:11 a.m. ET: Move over Taschlerova/Taschler, we're up to a married couple now: Japan's Misato Komatsubara and Montana's own Tim Koleto, representing the former. They were seventh of 10 teams in the team event rhythm dance and score roughly a point lower here with 65.41 points.
7:24 a.m. ET: Who doesn't love Usher's "Yeah!"? A personal fave right here -- for that reason -- and Georgia's Maria Kazakova and Georgy Reviya are into fourth with it; 67.08 points, significantly better than their team event score for it.
Current top three: Kaliszek/Spodyriev, Turkkila/Versluis, Taschlerova/Taschler
Group 3 feat. Hawayek/Baker (USA)
7:35 a.m. ET: The first of three Russian Olympic Committee ice dance teams, Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin, kicks off the third of five groups, skating to the jams that are "Boom Boom Pow" and "Bom Bidi Bom." They take the lead with 71.66 points. Fun fact: Davis' mom, Eteri Tutberidze, is the coach of all three ROC women's competitors at these Games.
7:43 a.m. ET: Armenia is in the Olympic ice dance field for the first time since 2006 with Tina Garabedian and Simon Proulx Senecal who score 65.87 points to "Respect" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
7:49 a.m. ET: China's Wang Shiyue and Liu Xinyu are into first with a fun, rocking Elvis Presley medley to "Trouble" and "Blue Suede Shoes" that earns 73.41 points; we saw them in the team event as well.
8:04 a.m. ET: We wrap this group with the first of three U.S. teams, and the only American team making its Olympic debut, Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker. The four-time U.S. Championships bronze medalists enthrall the crowd to Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” and “Bad Girls,” earning 74.58 points and jumping to first. Shout-out to the cameo from snowboarding legend Shaun White in the audience. "That was so much fun!" Hawayek exclaims as they exit the ice.
Current top three: Hawayek/Baker, Wang/Liu, Lajoie/Lagha
Group 4 feat. Papadakis/Cizeron
8:31 a.m. ET: Spain's Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz start the group, performing to Tina Turner's "Proud Mary." Fun fact: Diaz has been engaged to Team USA's Madison Hubbell for the past four years; we'll see her and partner Zachary Donohue in the next group. Smart/Diaz score 77.70 and are into first.
8:38 a.m. ET: Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen, who represented Denmark (his home country) for five seasons but are in their fourth for Canada (he received his Canadian citizenship last year), skate a George Michael medley to classic hits like "Careless Whisper" and "Freedom" and garner 78.54 points for the lead.
8:45 a.m. ET: "Everybodyyy" is rocking out to ROC's Aleksandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin now as they perform to the Backstreet Boys song and "Monster" by Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber. As we move higher and higher into the world rankings, it's not unusual that we continue to see the teams top one another just as Stepanova/Bukin do here with 84.09 points.
8:52 a.m. ET: A KISS medley does the trick for Team GB's Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson as they slide into fourth with 76.45 points. (I will take responsibility for jinxing them with that last update...)