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Skate America: VOLOSOZHAR & TRANKOV, ASADA CLAIM GOLD IN DETROIT

Volosozhar & Trankov (RUS), the 2013 World Champions, won the gold medal in the pairs event at the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America.

“Our program is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar rock program. We picked this music because it was my dream from a long time ago, when I was young, and I learned it in school. I fell in love with this music and all my life I wanted to skate to this” Trankov said.

The 2013 World Champions skated a clean free program that included, a triple twist, throw triple loop and throw triple salchow.

“For us, it was a plan for the season. We must show what we have in our arsenal of elements. We need to skate very clean with good quality and have only pluses for elements. We haven’t learned quad throws or triple axel or a quad lift” Trankov commented.

Moore-Towers & Moscovitch (CAN), who finished in fourth place at the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario, Canada, earned the silver medal with a total score of 208.45.

“I think we’re both really pleased with our skates here. We wanted to start the season at our first Grand Prix well, by doing two clean performances. We didn’t quite get there. We had some very minor mistakes, but I think we got ourselves through well and had a good start to the season” Moore-Towers said.

Stolbova and Klimov (RUS) skated to the bronze medal with their free skate to The Addams Family soundtrack. The Russian team, who won the Bavarian Open 2013 in Obsertsdorf, had a total score of 187.35. The team opened their program with an impressive double twist and ended with a throw triple salchow.

“I think, in general, we skated okay, but I think we had some mistakes. We were a little tired in the end so we didn’t do the emotions and performance that we need to do. I think that we can skate better, but for today, it was okay” Klimov said.

This is not the first season that the team skated this program.

“Our free program is an old program from last season. We didn’t have the time this summer to do a new program. A lot of people said that this program is good and that they like it, so we decided to keep this program and skate it this season” Klimov commented.

Asada (JPN), the 2013 World Bronze medalist, captured the gold medal with a total score of 204.55. She earned a personal best component score of 69.54 in the free skate.

“I’m not completely satisfied with my performance today but this was a learning experience that I’d like to use for my next competition, which is NHK.

This was Asada’s seventh gold medal in Grand Prix competition.

Wagner (USA), the 2013 US National Champion, earned the silver medal, with a total score of 193.81.

“Today was a really huge accomplishment for me. I did the triple-triple in the long program and back-to-back clean programs, which is exactly the way I wanted to start this season” Wagner said.

“I think that this program requires a level of sophistication that I really haven’t put out yet in competition. With David (Wilson)’s steps, and the intricacy of the program, right now I’m trying to focus on the technical aspect of it. I’m hoping as the season goes on that I’m able to weave in more and more of the artistry. It’s kind of starting off more like the skeleton of the program and then I’m going to keep on adding as I go through the season and I get more in shape for the choreography” Wagner added.

Radionova (RUS), who is too young to compete for Russia at the Sochi Olympics, won the bronze medal at her first senior Grand Prix event. Although Radionova had problems with some of her jump elements during the free program, she completed a triple loop, double loop combination, double axel, and an impressive layback spin.

“I’m not completely satisfied with my performance today. I didn’t really do my job. My goal was to skate clean and I didn’t skate clean today, but I’m very pleased with the result. I got third place and I’m very pleased with that. After my free skate, I didn’t quite expect that, so I’m really happy that I finished third. It’s a good result for me” said Radionova.

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