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TEAM USA TAKES  WTT FIRST DAY LEAD 

The fourth ISU World Team Trophy in Figure skating opened April 16 in Tokyo, Japan with the SD and the Ladies/Men’s Short Programs.

1) TEAM USA (48 pts), 2) TEAM JAPAN (43 pts), 3) TEAM RUSSIA (43 pts)
4) TEAM CANADA (31 pts), 5) TEAM CHINA (27 pts) 6) TEAM FRANCE (21 pts)
Japan was ahead of Russia because of the best result tie breaker.

THE COMPETITION….IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Evan Bates, USA Team Captain…
“This event is very special. You see the way the teams are acting, sitting in the team boxes, cheering for each other. No other competition is like this. You’ve seen the creativity from all the teams [flags, wigs, glasses, and hats]. This is one of the most fun parts of this, just allowing the skaters to show some of their personality. The Japanese fans are the best.”

Takahito Mura, Japan Team Captain…
“We brought some unique Japanese goods such as the Japanese fan, but we had some other fun ideas, like sporting the hairstyle of Japanese Samarai, but we were not courageous enough to do that. The Japanese fans are very enthusiastic. They are doing that for all the skaters, and that is wonderful.”

Alexander Smirnov, Russia Team Captain…
“We want to enjoy this competition as a festival of figure skating. The Japanese fans welcome all the skaters; they have many different flags. We are grateful and enjoy performing in this audience.”

Short Dance:
1. Kaitlyn Weaver+Andrew Poje (CAN) 73.14 (SB)
2. Madison Chock+Evan Bates (USA) 72.17
3. Gabriella Papadakis+Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) 70.86

Ladies’ Short Programs:
1. Gracie Gold (USA) 71.26 (SB)
2. Elizaveta Tutamysheva (RUS) 70.93
3. Elena Radionova (RUS) 68.77

Men’s Short Programs:
1. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) 96.27
2. Han Yan (CHN) 87.13
3. Jason Brown (USA) 86.48

THE PERFORMANCES…IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Evan Bates, USA Team Captain…
“Today was a really great day for Team USA. It was a group effort. The competition is far from over; we’re going to need a lot more good skating tomorrow and the next day.

Takahito Mura, Japan Team Captain…
“We only had two weeks since World Champions. I can say for myself that I suffered an injury and other teammates are not in top condition, but we prepared in full spirit for this event.”

Alexander Smirnov, Russia Team Captain…
“I am very happy for my guys; they skated well, but I am also happy for the teams from the US and Japan. We are ready to fight for two more days in good spirit and with fun.”

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