James And Cipres Clinch First Grand Prix Title

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Skate Canada was the second stop on this season’s ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and it provided some surprise performances over the course of the weekend in Laval, Quebec.

Shoma Uno got off to a rocky start in the short programme where he botched a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination and then fell on a triple Axel to put himself in second place going into the free skating. He fought back hard in the free and, despite two falls at the end of his routine, he pulled himself up into first and claimed his second consecutive Skate Canada title.

Canada’s Keegan Messing had been in pole position after the short and acquitted himself well in the free to nab silver. It was his first Grand Prix medal. Junhwan Cha from Korea also made his Grand Prix rostrum debut by picking up the bronze medal in Laval.

After a number of seasons in the wilderness, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva won gold at a Grand Prix event for the first time since 2014. The 2015 world champion raced into the lead in the short aided by a clean programme that included a triple Axel. She fell on the same element in the free and, even though she only came third in that segment, she clung on thanks to the margin she had over her competitors.

Mako Yamashita made a memorable senior Grand Prix debut to come second to the Russian. The Japanese skater also finished ahead of Evgenia Medvedeva who struggled to a dismal seventh in the short, but came back strongly to win the free and pull herself up to third overall.

Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres were a class apart in the pairs event. The world bronze medallists took the top spot in both segments of the competition to clinch their first Grand Prix title. Cheng Peng and Yang Jin were second with Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro rounding out the podium.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue became the first skaters this season to book themselves a spot at the Grand Prix Final by virtue of their second victory following their first at Skate America last weekend. Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov actually pipped the Americans in the free dance, but were too far behind after the free dance to advance their position. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier danced their way up to third after a disappointing rhythm dance saw the Canadians lying in sixth at the midway point.

You can find full and detailed results from Skate Canada here.

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