The 2018 Grand Prix Series kicked off this weekend in Everett, Washington with Skate America and, despite the season only just having begun, there were some superb performances across the disciplines.
Nathan Chen was head and shoulders above the rest of the field and he picked up his second straight Skate America title. The full-time Yale student “only” included three quadruple jumps in his free skating programme, but he romped home to gold by over 40 points. Michal Brezina took silver, his first Grand Prix medal for the Czech since 2014 and veteran Sergei Voronov picked up bronze.
Japan battled it out in the ladies event with Satoko Miyahara emerging victorious after skating flawless short and free programmes. In a repeat of last season’s Skate America results, Kaori Sakamoto again finished second to Miyahara with two very strong performances of her own. Sofia Samodurova from Russia claimed bronze in her first Grand Prix event.
Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov dominated the pairs competition and cruised to a comfortable win over the rest of the field. Teammates Alisa Efimova and Alexander Korovin won their first Grand Prix medal by coming in second. Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc also made the podium at a Grand Prix for the first time with their third place.
It was no surprise that Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue won their first Skate America title and even a pair of deductions for mishaps in the rhythm dance were never going to be enough to stop them. Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri climbed onto a podium for the first time at a Grand Prix, as did Tiffany Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro with the Italians bagging silver and the Russians bronze.
You can view the full results for Skate America 2018 here.