Day Two Recap
Team USA earned four of a possible six medals on day two of the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America as Meryl Davis and Charlie White captured their fourth straight Skate America title on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.
For the first time skating on true home ice, in Detroit, Mich., in an international figure skating competition, the reigning World and U.S. champions stood atop the podium with a total of 188.23 points. With the win, the Detroit natives extended their winning streak to 13 consecutive ISU Grand Prix events dating back to 2009.
Skating to the music of Scheherazade, Davis and White dazzled to 112.53 points for their free dance, earning a GOE greater than one on each of their eight elements and racking up 10.21 points for their combination lift, the highest scoring element in the competition.
Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy earned their second-career Skate America silver medal with 168.49 points. The 2010 Olympians earned 98.61 points for their free dance. Americans Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani collected their sixth Grand Prix medal, bronze, with a total of 154.47 points, edging out their teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who finished with 152.98 points and finished in fourth.
Team USA took home two men’s medals with Adam Rippon enjoying the best Grand Prix finish of his career and winning the silver medal. Rippon, whose last Grand Prix medal was a bronze at 2010 Skate Canada, rebounded from a fall into the boards on his program-opening quad Lutz to put together a mostly clean program from there (with the exception of a popped triple Axel). Rippon finished with 241.24 points overall.
Max Aaron won bronze in his first career Grand Prix appearance. Like his teammate, Aaron rebounded from a missed quad to open his Carmen free skate. Aaron’s program was strong enough to help him move up from sixth after the short program into medal contention (he was second in the free skate). Rippon and Aaron will face off later this fall at 2013 NHK Trophy in Japan.
Japan’s Tatsuki Machida, who won bronze at this event last season, took home gold with a total score of 265.38 points, while America Jason Brown, also in his first Grand Prix, finished fifth.
They set a world record score earlier this season, and to open their Grand Prix season, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia out-did themselves and broke their own record in the pairs short program. With a score of 83.05, the reigning World champions are on top and look primed to defend their event title. In second place with 71.51 points are last year’s fourth-place finishers at the World Championships, Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch of Canada with 71.51 points and in third are Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia with 64.80 points.
Not far behind a spot on the podium are the contingent of three American pairs teams as reigning U.S. champs Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are in fifth place with a personal best 62.56 points, 2012 U.S. champs Caydee Denney and John Coughlin are in sixth with 62.06 points and Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay are in seventh with 55.83 points.
In the ladies event, Mao Asada of Japan leads with a score of 73.18 points, followed by American Ashley Wagner and Elema Radionova of Russia. Asada opened her short program with a triple Axel and later added a clean triple loop-double loop in the second half. Wagner opened her program with a triple flip-triple toe and delivered it with a positive GOE en route to a personal best 69.26 points. Radionova, at just 14 years old, landed a triple Lutz-triple toe worth 10.90 points, the highest scoring element of the event, en route to 67.01 points and third place.
Day Three Schedule
|Today at 2:30pm||Pairs free skate|
|Today at 4:15pm||Ladies free skate|
|Tonight at 7:30pm||Skating Spectacular|