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Team USA Nets Three Medals at 2013 Four Continents

10 Feb

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2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 | Osaka, Japan

The 2013 Four Continents Championships came to a close Sunday with Team USA winning three medals, including ice dance gold. After an exciting men’s event on Saturday night, the stage was set Sunday for great finales in pairs, ladies and ice dance.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time U.S. ice dance champions, delivered a stunning free dance and received their best marks of the season. Their total of 187.36 points was three more than that of Canada’s silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

“It was a really emotional skate. We gave it everything we had, literally, and that’s all we can ask of ourselves,” White said. “It’s difficult coming off nationals so to be able to go out and perform the way we did is a monument to our preparation and I’m really proud.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates, in their first Four Continents together, won the bronze medal with a season-high total of 160.42 points. Like many competitors at Four Continents, they now turn their focus to the 2013 World Championships next month.

“As the season has progressed, we have gotten stronger and stronger,” Bates explained. “Worlds is the culmination of the full season and all of our hard work. Our goal is to have the best two performances we have had all season and carry that momentum into the Olympic year.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani were edged by just a half a point to finish in fourth place. The outstanding Japanese crowd helped the team get through their performance as they were the final skaters of the event.

“We built our program on what the crowd gave us,” Alex said. “We felt the energy and excitement when we first walked into the building. I think we carried ourselves with a lot of poise and maturity, particularly tonight skating at the end of the event. We are very happy with our progress not only throughout the season but this week.”

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir maintained bronze medal position by executing a strong free skate. They totaled a season’s best 117.04 points for the segment and reached 170.10 for the week. The newly crowned U.S. pairs champs now look to the World Championships where they hope to incorporate more difficultly into their program.

“We have been working on the throw quad Salchow all season. We are looking for a good opportunity to put it in,” Shnapir said. “I think worlds is a great opportunity for us to put that out there and add it to our difficulty.”

Finishing three points behind their teammates were the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay with 170.30 points. The duo, in their first championship event, were clean with the exception of a fall on their throw triple Lutz. They will take the learning experiences of this championships into next season.

“It was a great experience,” Zhang said. “We’ve both learned a lot about how we travel, how we train in a different arena in a different country. It’s a good step.”

Two-time reigning Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford stood atop their first international podium. Their significant lead after the short program helped lift them to the first-place finish over teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, who won the free skate.

The third American team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim withdrew before the short program as Scimeca was experiencing pain in her right foot.

In the ladies event, Japan owned the podium. Mao Asada won her third Four Continents title with ease. Her total score of 205.45 points was 15 points higher than that of silver medalist Akiko Suzuki. Kanako Murakami rounded out the top three with 181.03 points.

Christina Gao finished fourth as she earned her best overall score of the season with 176.28 points. She suffered a fall on her triple Lutz but otherwise turned in a strong free skate.

Gracie Gold, in her ISU senior championships debut, placed sixth. She looks forward to taking some time to rest before diving into training for the world championships.

“I’m going to go home and take it easy for about a week to recover mentally and physically before I start my training for worlds.”

Agnes Zawadzki, who finished eighth with 158.99 points, expressed her disappointment in her experience at Four Continents following her free skate. However, she is ready to prepare for next season with the goal of becoming more consistent.

“I would like to put out stronger programs than what I did. It’s a good learning experience, I can always use it for next year,” she said simply.

Newly crowned U.S. champion Max Aaron, didn’t disappoint as skated a strong free featuring a pair of his signature quad Salchows. His free skate totaled 162.19 points, en route to 234.65 overall. He finished fourth overall and second in the segment.

“This is my first time at a championship event and I’m glad to be here,” Aaron said. “The fans were great, they really got me going. They get excited and cheer for everything in the program. It’s amazing. This is a good experience to get the chance to learn how championship events work at the senior level. It’s something special I can take toward worlds.”

Richard Dornbush also set a season’s best score in the free skate with a score of 151.03 points. He finished directly behind Aaron in fifth. His season now over, Dornbush will take some time to regroup with the plan of “training as hard as I can the whole way through” the upcoming Olympic year.  Ross Miner suffered some mistakes in his program and placed ninth. He looks forward to refocusing as he heads into worlds in March.

“I’m disappointed in myself,” he said simply. “That’s not the way I train. It’s been a long couple of weeks since the U.S. Championships. I’m excited to get home and have a few days to mentally recuperate and get ready for the world championships.”

Next up for Team USA are the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships set for March 10-17, in London, Ontario, Canada.

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2013 Four Continents – Day 2

9 Feb

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Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 | Osaka, Japan

The first medals were awarded Saturday, with Canada’s Kevin Reynolds coming out as a surprise champion. The gold was his second international medal at the senior level (he won bronze at this event in 2010). Also Saturday, Team USA’s ladies turned in a trio of solid short programs.

Newly crowned U.S. champion Max Aaron, didn’t disappoint as skated a strong free featuring a pair of his signature quad Salchows. His free skate totaled 162.19 points, en route to 234.65 overall. He finished fourth overall and second in the segment.

“This is my first time at a championship event and I’m glad to be here,” Aaron said. “The fans were great, they really got me going. They get excited and cheer for everything in the program. It’s amazing. This is a good experience to get the chance to learn how championship events work at the senior level. It’s something special I can take toward worlds.”

Richard Dornbush also set a season’s best score in the free skate with a score of 151.03 points. He finished directly behind Aaron in fifth. His season now over, Dornbush will take some time to regroup with the plan of “training as hard as I can the whole way through” the upcoming Olympic year.  Ross Miner suffered some mistakes in his program and placed ninth. He looks forward to refocusing as he heads into worlds in March.

“I’m disappointed in myself,” he said simply. “That’s not the way I train. It’s been a long couple of weeks since the U.S. Championships. I’m excited to get home and have a few days to mentally recuperate and get ready for the world championships.”

The finals in pairs, ladies and ice dance are set for Sunday with Team USA in medal standing in all three events.

Christina Gao is the top-ranked American and sits in fourth place. Gao turned in her best short program of the season to earn 62.34 points. She is in fourth place behind Japan’s Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami. Asada’s lead is nearly nine points, but only eight points separate skaters two through eight.

“I trained hard this whole season so I hope that this competition, I can go out and show how I have been training,” Gao said. “It’s only been a week since nationals but I think I kept my momentum going.”

Gracie Gold is in fifth place with 60.36 points. As recent history shows, Gold is capable of putting up big numbers in the free skate.

“I have a lot of confidence in my free skate,” she explained. “After my second grand prix, we changed the jumps around so the program is more comfortable for me. I think this really works for me as nationals showed.”

Agnes Zawadzki, in seventh place with 57.35 points, fell on her double Axel, but noted her growing confidence in the triple-triple combination.

“I am starting to feel a lot more comfortable with the triple-triple,” Zawadzki said. “That was something I was lacking early in the season with the toe-toe.”

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time U.S. ice dance champions, sit in a close second place behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Less than half a point separate veteran teams. Virtue and Moir set a season best of 75.12 points, as did Davis and White who have 74.68 points. Virtue and Moir earned a slight technical edge, something White acknowledged after the short dance.

“It happens from competition to competition,” he said. “Of course when you are competing against Scott and Tessa, you pretty much have to be perfect and that’s what’s expected of both of us. With one little mistake, we’re a little bit behind. It will make for an exciting free dance.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates, in their first Four Continents together, are in third place, followed closely by teammates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are in third place behind a pair of Canadian teams in the pairs event. The newly crowned U.S. pairs champs recorded 53.06 points. They suffered a fall on their throw but otherwise turned in a strong skate.

“It wasn’t our best performance but it’s a lesson learned and we are ready to go again,” Castelli said. “We are satisfied with our side-by-side jumps and we did a good job getting back into the program after my fall (on the throw). Every skate is a lesson learned and experience.”

Right behind Castelli and Shnapir are the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay with 52.98 points. In the lead are two-time reigning Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who earned a big 70.44 points. Their teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch recorded the second-place score of 66.33 points. The third American team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim withdrew before the short program as Scimeca was experiencing pain in her right foot.

Sunday Schedule (All times Eastern)

Pairs Free Skate: 10:50 p.m. (Saturday, Feb. 9)
Zhang and Bartholomay: 11:38 p.m.
Castelli and Shnapir: 11:46 p.m.

Ladies Free Skate: 1:30 a.m.
Zawadzki: 3:41 a.m.
Gold: 4:12 a.m.
Gao: 4:28 a.m.

Free Dance: 6:15 a.m.
Davis and White: 7:52 a.m.
Chock and Bates: 8:15 a.m.
Shibutani and Shibutani: 8:23 a.m.

2013 Four Continents – Day 1

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Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 | Osaka, Japan

While you were sleeping, competition began in Osaka with the short dance and pairs and men’s short programs. Team USA is in medal standing in both the dance and pairs events, which are set for a Sunday finale. Richard Dornbush is in third place going into Saturday’s free skate.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time U.S. ice dance champions, sit in a close second place behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Less than half a point separate veteran teams. Virtue and Moir set a season best of 75.12 points, as did Davis and White who have 74.68 points. Virtue and Moir earned a slight technical edge, something White acknowledged after the short dance.

“It happens from competition to competition,” he said. “Of course when you are competing against Scott and Tessa, you pretty much have to be perfect and that’s what’s expected of both of us. With one little mistake, we’re a little bit behind. It will make for an exciting free dance.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates, in their first Four Continents together, are in third place, followed closely by teammates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are in third place behind a pair of Canadian teams in the pairs event. The newly crowned U.S. pairs champs recorded 53.06 points. They suffered a fall on their throw but otherwise turned in a strong skate.

“It wasn’t our best performance but it’s a lesson learned and we are ready to go again,” Castelli said. “We are satisfied with our side-by-side jumps and we did a good job getting back into the program after my fall (on the throw). Every skate is a lesson learned and experience.”

Right behind Castelli and Shnapir are the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay with 52.98 points. In the lead are two-time reigning Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who earned a big 70.44 points. Their teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch recorded the second-place score of 66.33 points. The third American team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim withdrew before the short program as Scimeca was experiencing pain in her right foot.

Richard Dornbush blew away his season’s and personal best international scores by 13 points and totaled 83.01 points for the segment. Short program leader and hometown hero Yuzuru Hanyu has a two-point lead over Han Yan of China. Japanese star Daisuke Takahashi is in fourth place. Five points separate Hanyu and Takahashi.

Dornbush was a late addition to the competition. His training as the first alternate came in handy when, on Sunday, he received word that Adam Rippon had withdrawn from the event.

“(Coach) Tammy (Gambill) always takes being alternate very seriously,” he explained. “I was on the ice every day. It’s hard to train as the alternate, because, in my case, you’re disappointed that you hadn’t gotten any assignments so it’s hard to have that self-motivation. I stayed fit enough and as soon as I got the call, there was a fire lit underneath me. I rose to the occasion.”

Ross Miner also set a season-high score of 74.01 points. He sits in ninth place. Max Aaron, with a score of 72.46 points, is right behind Miner in 10th. Aaron and Miner, who finished 1-2 at last month’s U.S. Championships, will represent Team USA at March’s world championships.

Coming late Friday into Saturday are the ladies short program and men’s free skate.

Saturday’s Schedule (All times Eastern)

Ladies Short Program: 11:40 p.m. (Friday, Feb. 8)
Gao: 1:29 a.m. (Saturday, Feb. 9)
Zawadzki: 1:48 a.m.
Gold: 2:02 a.m.

Men’s Free Skate: 3:55 a.m.

Miner: 6:10 a.m.
Aaron: 6:43 a.m.
Dornbush: 6:58 a.m.

Team USA Earns Five Medals, Davis and White Earn Grand Prix Final Berth at 2012 NHK Trophy

24 Nov

Saturday, Nov. 24 – Miyagi, Japan

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Team USA has four medals, including one gold and three bronze, to its credit with only the pairs free skate to go from 2012 NHK Trophy in Miyagi, Japan.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned their 11th straight Grand Prix Series gold medal, dating back to 2009, with a top performance in Japan. Their nine-point lead heading into the free dance grew to nearly 22 points total after earning 108.62 points for their Notre-Dame de Paris free dance. The performance included four level 4 lifts and level 4 twizzles that earned 7.07 points. They earned 178.48 points for the week. With the win, Davis and White became the one-seeded team headed into the 2012 Grand Prix Final, an event at which they are three-time reigning champions. Teammates and training mates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani earned their first medal of the season, the bronze, with a total score of 154.56 points. Their Memoirs of a Geisha free dance netted 93.72 points, over 10 points more than their score at Rostelecom Cup two weeks ago when Alex was battling leg cramps. Their program was highlighted by level 4 twizzles and three level 4 lifts. The silver medal and a spot in the Final went to Russia’s Elena Ilinykj and Nikita Katasalapov with 156.62 points.

Mirai Nagasu earned the bronze medal behind teammates Mao Asada and Akiko Suzuki of Japan. Nagasu, who was competing at this event for the first time since 2008, totaled 176.68 points. She began the event by earning 61.18 points for her “Downhill Special” short program after executing elements including a triple toe-triple toe combination and two level 4 spins. The “Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78” free skate, for which she earned 115.50 points, began with a solid triple Lutz followed by a pair of double Axels, one done in combination with a triple toe, and two level 4 spins. Asada barely edged Suzuki to win her second gold of the season. She totaled 185.27 points while Suzuki totaled 185.22 points after winning the free skate. Suzuki, the reigning World bronze medalist, set a personal best score of 126.62 points for her Once Upon a Time in Mexico free skate. Agnes Zawadzki, who won the bronze at Rostelecom Cup for her first Grand Prix medal, moved up from seventh place after the short program to finish the event in fifth position. She earned 160.37 points overall. With the conclusion of the qualifying events for the Grand Prix Series, reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner secured the No. 1 seed heading into the Final.

Ross Miner moved up from fourth place after the short program to edge Spain’s Javier Fernandez for the bronze medal with a total of 235.37 points. He performed the best international free skate of his career, crushing his personal best score set at 2012 Four Continents by 12 points. The “Captain Blood” free skate earned 161.96 points. The program began with a perfect quad Salchow that, with a GOE of 1.29 points, totaled 11.79 points. The performance continued in impressive fashion with 12 of 13 elements receiving positive GOEs. In the skate’s second half, Miner executed a triple Lutz-loop-triple Salchow jump sequence that earned 13.07 points. Like Nagasu, Miner was joined on the podium by a pair of Japanese skaters. Both Yuzuru Hanyu, who earned his second career Grand Prix gold with 261.03 points, and Daisuke Takahashi, who totaled 251.51, will skate at the 2012 Grand Prix Final. Also representing Team USA, Richard Dornbush placed fifth and Adam Rippon finished eighth. The field was depleted by one skater after Japan’s Daisuke Murakami dislocated his right shoulder in the short program and withdrew.

The pairs competition, featuring three U.S. teams, concluded Sunday from Miyagi with Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir becoming first-time Grand Prix Series medalists. The veteran team earned the bronze medal with a total score of 174.51 points. Their tango inspired free skate received a career mark of 112.66 points and featured a trio of level 4 lifts, side-by-side triple toes and a throw double Axel. Entering NHK Trophy, Castelli and Shnapir had competed in five Grand Prix events and recorded their best finish, fourth, at 2010 Skate Canada. Their short program also earned a career-best mark of 61.85 points. The short earned positive GOEs on each of its seven elements, including the triple twist, side-by-side triple Salchows and throw triple Salchow. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, in their career debut on the Grand Prix Series, moved up from fifth after the short program to finish fourth overall with a points total of 163.10 points. Their free skate, set to music from The Last of the Mohicans and 500 Nations, was clean and included five elements that earned more than six points each. They closed the show with a group five lift scored as a level four that netted 7.85 points. Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig finished sixth with an career-best of 143.70 points. Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov earned the NHK Trophy title with 192.02 points, while silver went to Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch with 180.63. Both the gold and silver medalists earned spots in the Grand Prix Final.

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2012 NHK Trophy Under Way from Japan

23 Nov

Friday, Nov. 23 – Miyagi, Japan

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Fifteen members of Team USA are competing this weekend at 2012 NHK Trophy, the last of six events that make up the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Team USA sits 1-2 going into the free dance with Meryl Davis and Charlie White in position to take their 11th straight Grand Prix gold medal dating back to 2009. Davis and White, despite seeing a one-point deduction for an extended lift, the veteran duo earned 69.86 points for their Giselle short dance and have a nine-point lead over teammates and training mates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani with 60.84 points. With a win, Davis and White will earn a spot to December’s Grand Prix Final, an event where they are three-time reigning champions. Shibutani and Shibutani look for their first medal of the season after placing fourth at Rostelecom Cup a few weeks ago.

Mirai Nagasu, a late addition to the competition, sits in second place behind Japan’s Mao Asada. Nagasu earned 61.18 points after executing elements including a triple toe-triple toe combination and two level 4 spins. Asada earned 67.95 points as she saw her program components best the field by over nearly four points. Agnes Zawadzki, who won the bronze at Rostelecom Cup for her first Grand Prix medal, sits in seventh place with 55.02 points. However, she is only four points out of bronze medal pace set by China’s Zijun Li.

Three men represent Team USA in Japan. Ross Miner is in fourth place followed by Richard Dornbush in sixth and Adam Rippon in eighth. A pair of home country skaters, Yuzuru Hanyu and Daisuke Takahashi, lead the pack while Spain’s Javier Fernandez will enter the free skate in third place. Hanyu, the 2012 World bronze medalist, set a new short program world record score with 95.32 points.

The pairs competition, featuring three U.S. team, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig and Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, begin competition on Saturday. Following the pairs short program, all three free skates will take place for singles and ice dance.

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Upcoming Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Pairs Short Program – 10 p.m. Friday

Free Dance – 11:50 p.m. Friday

Shibutani and Shibutani – 12:50 a.m.

Davis and White – 12:57 a.m.

Men’s Free Skate – 2 a.m. Saturday

Rippon – 2:15 a.m.

Dornbush – 2:32 a.m.

Miner – 2:56 a.m.

Ladies Free Skate – 5 a.m. Saturday

Zawadzki – 5:31 a.m.

Nagasu – 6:18 a.m.

Pairs Free Skate – 12:05 a.m. Sunday

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Team USA Nets Eight Medals this Weekend

10 Nov

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Team USA earned three medals, including one silver and two bronze, at 2012 Rostelecom Cup and added five more, two gold, two silver and one bronze, at 2012 Ice Challenge to bring the weekend total to eight.

Rostelecom Cup, the fourth event of the Grand Prix Series, concluded Saturday in Moscow with four free skates.

Gracie Gold, earned her first career Grand Prix medal, the silver, while teammate Agnes Zawadzki took home bronze. Finland’s Kiira Korpi won her second career Grand Prix gold, with 177.19 points. Gold, who made her career Grand Prix debut two weeks ago at Skate Canada, earned led after the short program with 62.16 points, the fourth-highest short program score of the season. Gold on her way to 175.03 total points, earned 115.64 for her “Life is Beautiful” free skate that featured a triple Lutz-triple toe and three level 4 spins. Each of Gold’s scores represent international personal best marks. Zawadazki, who edged her teammate for the gold medal at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in September, earned 60.18 points for her “Sex and the City” short program. Her “Rhapsody in Blue” free skate, that earned 106.43 points, included three level 4 spins and a double Axel-double toe-double loop sequence worth 7.18 points. Her total for the week was 166.61 points. Caroline Zhang, in her third outing of the season, finished 10th and earned 138.21 points.

Richard Dornbush, in his Grand Prix season debut, placed sixth. The 2012 Finlandia Trophy silver medalist earned 210.89 points for the competition, including 143.45 for his free skate. Despite falling on his program-opening quad toe, Dornbush received huge points for his triple Lutz-triple toe combination (12.51) and triple Axel-double toe-double loop sequence (13.62). Dornbush’s U2 short program, worth 67.44 points, began with a beautiful quad toe that received a GOE of 1.29 and overall score of 11.59 points. Despite struggling on his other two jumping elements, Dornbush saw positive GOEs on his spins and step sequence. Standing atop the medals podium was Canada’s Patrick Chan, joined by silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka of Japan and bronze medalst Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic. Johnny Weir, who made his return to the Grand Prix circuit for the first time since 2010, withdrew due to injury prior to the free skate.

Caydee Denney & John Coughlin won their second bronze medal of the season, becoming the first U.S. pairs team to medal at two Grand Prix events since Keauna McLaughlin & Rockne Brubaker did so in 2008. Their “Phantom of the Opera” free skate, which received a season-high 120.19 points, earned positive GOEs on 11 of 12 elements. The programs highlights included two level 4 lifts and a throw triple flip. They finished behind home country representatives Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov and Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov. Denney and Coughlin are also the 2012 Skate America bronze medalists, while Volosozhar and Trankov won gold at the same event last month. Tiffany Vise & Don Baldwin finished sixth.

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani also kicked off their season in Moscow, finishing fourth with a total of score of 140.91 points. The duo had to restart their “Memoirs of a Geisha” free dance, and after getting into rhythm turned in a performance that featured two level 4 lifts and level 4 twizzles. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir earned their second gold of the season, followed by a pair of Russia teams, Elena Ilinyhk & Nikita Katsalapov and Victoria Sinitsina & Ruslan

In Graz, Austria, Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir won their first international gold medal, totaling 175.86 points for the competition. Their win came by 40 points over teammates and silver medalists Gretchen Donlan & Andrew Speroff. Castelli and Shnapir’s 18-point lead after the short program grew to the final margin after earning 114.42 points for their free skate. Their “Payadora” program featured side-by-side triple toes as well as a throw triple Salchow and a level 4 lift that earned 8.13 points. Donlan and Speroff, who nabbed their first international medal in Graz, earned 135.43 points for the competition and moved up from third place after the short program.

Douglas Razzano earned his second Ice Challenge silver medal (2010) with a total score of 204.62 points. He edged teammate Armin Mahbanoozadeh, who earned 200.01 points total. Gold went to Germany’s Peter Liebers. Razzano’s short program to Rachmaninoff’s music featured seven elements that received positives GOEs, including a triple Axel and level 3 and 4 spins and a level 4 step sequence. With 72.21 points, he led after the segment. Mahbanoozadeh also turned out a solid short worth 72.14 points. The program included a triple Lutz-triple toe combination that was the segment’s highest-scoring element at 11.27 points.

Ice dancers Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt earned their second consecutive Ice Challenge gold medal. They started the competition as the only team to break the 50-point mark in the short dance with 50.46 points. They went on to win Friday’s free dance by over 20 points, totaling 89.24 points for their program set to Adele’s music. The free featured four Level 4 lifts and a Level 4 step sequence. The duo was joined on the podium by the Czech Republic’s Lucie Mysliveckova & Neil Brown and Switzerland’s Ramona Elsener & Florian Roost. In their competitive debut, Anastasia Olson & Keiffer Hubbell finished 10th with 102.10 points.

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