From U.S. Figure Skating:
TEAM USA EARNS FIVE MEDALS AT 2013 HILTON HHONORS SKATE AMERICA(10/20/13) - Team USA earned five medals at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America this weekend at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The gold medal, two silver medals and two bronze medals were the most of any country at the event.
For the first time skating in an ISU competition on true home ice, just miles from their homes, reigning World and U.S. champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White became four-time reigning Skate America champions as they took home the title with 188.23 points. With the win, they extended their winning streak to 13 consecutive ISU Grand Prix events.
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.
Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy earned their second 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 earned their sixth Grand Prix medal, a bronze, with a total of 154.47 points, edging out teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who finished fourth with 152.98 points.
Entering the free skate with the lead, Mao Asada of Japan earned the gold medal in the ladies event and has now won gold at each of the six Grand Prix events and the Grand Prix Final. Despite a fall on her opening triple Axel, Asada would go on to land five clean triple jumps and rack up the top component score in the free skate to win the title with a total of 204.55 points. Asada, the 2010 Olympic silver medalist, won both segments of the competition.
Heading into the free skate in second place, U.S. champion Ashley Wagner opened her Romeo and Juliet free skate with a clean triple flip-triple toe, her second clean triple-triple of the weekend, en route to 124.55 points on Sunday and 193.81 points overall. The silver medal is her seventh on the circuit. She has a medal in each of the last five Grand Prix seasons.
Only 14 years old and in her Grand Prix debut, Elena Radionova of Russia earned the bronze medal, finishing in third in both the short program and the free skate, with 183.95 points. Also in her Grand Prix debut, American Samantha Cesario recorded the fifth-best score in the free skate and finished fifth overall with 167.98 points while Caroline Zhang finished in 10th place.
In the men's event team USA took home two 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.
Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia repeated as titlists at the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America with two dazzling performances. The reigning World champions' score of 237.71 points easily bested the field. The duo not only set a world-record score for their short program, but the 154.66 points they earned for their free skate was also the best mark every recorded. Skating to music from Jesus Christ Superstar, Volosozhar and Trankov earned a Level 4 on six elements and had more than 10 more points for their components than anyone else during their free skate.
Canada's Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch earned the silver with a personal best score of 208.45 points, while Russia's Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov claimed the bronze with 187.35 points.
Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. champions, led the three-team U.S. contingent, finishing fourth with 182.43 points. It was their first competition since last fall when Coughlin injured his hip and was forced to miss the rest of the season. U.S. champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir placed sixth with 177.11 points, while U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay generated 168.42 points and finished seventh.
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