U.S. announces skaters for team competition

Sochi, Russia ( - Reigning Olympic ice dance silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White were chosen Friday to represent the United States when the figure skating team competition resumes Saturday.

Davis and White, who have won a record six straight titles at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, will compete in the short dance. Ashley Wagner will skate for the U.S. in the women's short program.

Competition in the team event, which is new to the Olympics, began Thursday in Sochi.

The U.S. is in a three-way tie for fifth place with 10 points. American champion Jeremy Abbott placed seventh on Thursday for four points and the pairs tandem of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir placed fifth to earn six points.

Russia leads the competition with 19 points and Canada is second with 17 after world men's champion Patrick Chan finished third and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford placed second on Thursday.

After the field is cut to five countries following the short dance and women's short program, the pairs free skate will follow on Saturday.

Free skates for the men, women and ice dancing are scheduled for Sunday, when the medals will be awarded.