Yahoo Sports: If there was already a sense of foreboding in the American camp about the chances of their singles skaters climbing the Olympic podium in Sochi – the team competition will have done little to have settled Jeremy Abbott and his team mates’ shattered nerves.

Four years after Evan Lysacek trumped a sulking Yevgeny Plushenko with a breathtaking free skate to win the gold in Vancouver, the fortunes of his 2014 colleagues seem to be in freefall as the United States face a shutout in men’s and women’s singles skating for the first time since 1936.

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