Two-time Olympic ice dancing medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir scored a world record 83.67 points in the short dance Monday in PyeongChang.
The Canadians, who won silver in 2014 and gold in 2010, lead a group of 20 pairs of skaters who advanced to Tuesday's free dance portion of the competition.
The free dance, while taking place Tuesday morning in PyeongChang, will start at 8 p.m. ET Monday.
Virtue and Moir can also lay claim to two Olympic medals as part of the team event, winning gold earlier in PyeongChang and silver in Sochi.
Right behind Virtue and Moir in Monday's short dance was Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, who survived a wardrobe mishap with Papadakis' outfit to post the second best score of 81.93.
The clasp on the neck of Papadakis' outfit came loose during their performance and she had to hold the neckline in place for some of their time on the ice.
Next up in the standings were two American teams in Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and brother-and-sister pair Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, who were third and fourth.
The third American team in the event, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, were in seventh place after the short dance.