We take a quick look back at what happened in the world of skating over the course of the past week.
Skate America Open 2016/2017 Grand Prix Series
This season’s ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating kicked off with Skate America as the event returned to Chicago for the second time in three years.
Shoma Uno won the men’s title with a scintillating tango routine that included three successfully landed quadruple jumps. His total score of 279.34 represented a new personal best. Jason Btown moved up to claim the silver medal after sitting in third following the short program. The 2015 U.S. champion landed a quad toe loop for the first time in his career, although the jump was deemed to be under rotated by the technical panel. Despite falling on his opening quad toe, Adam Rippon did enough to ensure that there were two Americans on the podium.
Following her silver medal at the 2016 World Championships, Ashley Wagner continued her streak of success with the second Skate America title of her career.She received two under rotation and one edge violation call in her free skate to music by British band Muse and, in fact, finished second in that segment to compatriot Mariah Bell. However, she had enough in hand after the short to win overall. Bell pulled up from sixth after the short to land the silver medal. Japan’s Mai Mihara also took her first Grand Prix medal when she finished the competition in third place.
Like Wagner, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani were silver medallists at Boston Worlds earlier this year. In Chicago, their victory was never in doubt and they came out on top by almost ten points. It was closer for second and third with Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue eventually overcoming Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev for silver. The Russians had to settle for bronze.
Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau triumphed in the pairs event with a flawless free program to “Cinema Paradiso” that pulled them from third after the short. It was the first Grand Prix gold for the Canadians. There was a silver for Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier after the pair had to sit out last season. Nightmare is one word to describe the free skate that Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov had in Chicago that saw them plummet from first after the short to third place at the conclusion of the event.