Team USA Wins Silver at ISU World Team Trophy 2012

21 Apr

Saturday, April 21st – Yoyogi National Stadium – Tokyo

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Well, fans, it’s time to say goodbye to the 2011-12 figure skating season!

The ISU World Team Trophy 2012 wrapped up today with Team USA winning the silver medal behind Team Japan. Team Canada grabbed the third spot on the podium after sitting in fourth place after the first two days of competition.

1. Team Japan – 55

2. Team USA – 53

3. Team Canada – 42 (Wins tiebreaker)

4. Team France – 42

5. Team Russia – 39

6. Team Italy – 39

The final day of competition began with the pairs free skate. Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, who wanted to “leave the season with a good taste in our mouths,” did just that by skating a clean program that engaged the crowd from the opening note. Their competition total was 175.98 points after receiving 117.05 for the free skate.

Meanwhile, in the Kiss and Cry, Team USA was determined to amp up its team spirit. With the help of the World pairs champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy from Germany, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Jeremy Abbott, Adam Rippon and Denney and Coughlin started the wave.

Denney and Coughlin finished fourth and earned nine points toward the U.S.’s final score. Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov placed first with 180.70 points while Team Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were second. Short program leaders Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran of Japan finished third.

In the ladies event, Ashley Wagner, the 2012 U.S. and Four Continents champion, skated one of her best “Black Swan” free skates of the season, earning 122.29 points for the segment and 179.81 overall to finish third.

“That performance was just the way I wanted to end my ‘Black Swan’ program,” she said. “It’s one of my favorite programs by far and to skate it clean is quite extraordinary. To top it off, I had a great double Axel-triple toe. Overall, it was a solid program. For the end of the season and the last program, it’s a great way to wrap everything up.”

Gracie Gold rounded our her senior debut by finishing fifth with a total of 169.65 points. She totaled 110.58 points for the free skate. After competing among some of the top senior skaters in the world, Gold has her sites on improving over the summer in preparation for her first full season at the senior ranks.

“I’m excited to skate senior next year,” she said. “I will keep my training the same because it was working out well for me. I might add in some new tricks. We will see how it goes.”

The ladies crown went to Japan’s own Akiko Suzuki with World champion Carolina Kostner coming in third.

On behalf of Team USA, thank you to our fans for your constant support. To the people of Japan, your hospitality and kindness is appreciated this week and always.

Team USA displays their silver medals at ISU World Team Trophy 2012 (Photo by Renee Felton)

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