The three American couples stand in the top seven after the short program of Olympic ice dancing on Monday.
Leading the way are national champs Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donahue with a score of 77.75, putting them in third. They are barely ahead of fourth-place teammates Maia and Alex Shibutani who earned 77.73, two points below their season best. Madison Chock and Evan Bates scored 75.45 for seventh place.
Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, favorites to win gold, wowed the crowd with an 83.67, a season best. They already have a gold medal here from the team competition. They won ice dancing gold in 2010 in Vancouver and took silvers in ice dancing and team in 2014 in Sochi.
Medals will be awarded on Tuesday after the free dance.