FROM US FIGURE SKATING:
(1/25/14) - Team USA hauled in four medals - two in pairs, two in ice dance - at the 2014 Four Continents Championships, the final event before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
On Thursday, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue won their first career ISU championship event and posted international best scores in each segment of competition. They moved up from second after the short dance to win the free dance and take the title with 158.25 points. Like their teammates, bronze medalists Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton recorded a personal best international score with 144.95 points. Silver went to Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada. In their ISU championships debut Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt finsihed sixth.
Third after the short program, Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea reeled in another personal best score and the second best free skate of the night to earn the silver medal. After a mistake on their opening element, a triple twist, the Florida-based duo were nearly flawless through their remaining 11 elements. They earned 119.40 points for their skate and 181.45 overall. Second after the short program, Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim earned a total of 170.35 points for the bronze medal and Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier finished in fourth with 167.10 points. The gold medalists were Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China with 212.40 points. This is their second title at this event.
The men's event wrapped up as well on Friday in Taipei City and Richard Dornbush led the way for Team USA. In his third appearance at the event, Dornbush matched his best finish, fifth, with 224.44 points. In his ISU championships debut, Joshua Farris finished in sixth (221.00), while Adam Rippon landed in eighth (213.20).
The ladies event concluded Saturday with Japan's Kanako Murakami taking home the title. The 2014 Japanese silver medalist competed here before she will make her Olympic debut in Sochi next month. Courtney Hicks, in her ISU senior championship debut, enjoyed Team USA's best finish at fifth with 169.99 points. Samantha Cesario and Mirai Nagasu finished eighth and 10th, respectively. The event will conclude Saturday with the ladies free skate.
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Team USA will next be in action at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The inaugural team event begins Feb. 6, one day before opening ceremonies. For more information, click here.