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USA MAINTAINS LEAD AFTER SECOND DAY

The second day of the World Team Trophy competition began with the Pairs SP and concluded with the Free Dance and the Men’s Free Program.

PAIRS SP:

  1. Wenjing Sui+Cong Han (CHN)
  2. Meagan Duhamel+Eric Bradford (CAN)
  3. Yuko Kavaguti+Alexander Smirnov (RUS)

FREE DANCE:

  1. Gabriella Papadakis+Guillaume Cizeron (FRA)
  2. Kaitlyn Weaver+Andrew Poje (CAN)
  3. Madison Chock+Evan Bates (USA)

MEN’S FP:

  1. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN)
  2. Jason Brown (USA)
  3. Takahito Mura (JPN)

 DAY TWO TEAM PLACEMENTS

 The overnight placements did not change at the end of Day 2.

 1) TEAM USA, 2) TEAM JAPAN, 3) TEAM RUSSIA

4) TEAM CANADA 5) TEAM CHINA, 6) TEAM FRANCE

 THE PERFORMANCES…ON ICE

TEAM USA added 35 points to their opening day score and remained on top of the leaderboard. Alexa Scimeca+Chris Knierim earned 9 points for their 4th place SP skate. Jason Brown, 2015 US National champion, landed eight clean triples for 2nd place in the FP and 11 more points. Max Aaron added another five. Madison Chock+Evan Bates slipped to 3rd in the Free Dance after a fall. The 2015 US Dance Champions earned 10 points. Total after Day 2 = 83 pts.

TEAM JAPAN scored 22 points in the Men’s FP when Yuzuru Hanyu’s and Takahito Mura’s placed 1st and 3rd respectively. Hanyu opened with a spectacular 4T and followed up with eight clean triples. Mura under rotated his first quad toe, but followed with a 4T+2T combination. His six triple jumps included a 3A and a 16-point 3A+3T combination. Ami Koga+Francis Boudreau Audet (SP-Pairs) and Cathy Reed+Chris Reed (FD) each earned 7 points with their 6th place finishes. Total after Day 2 = 79 pts.

TEAM RUSSIA’s Yoko Kavaguti+Alexander Smirnov were 3rd in the Pair’s SP after she stumbled on the 3T s-b-s jump. They earned 10 pts. Ice Dancers Elena Ilinykh+Ruslan Zhiganshin placed 4th to get 9 points, while Sergei Voronov and Maxim Kovtun finished 5th and 6th in the Men’s FP and together earned 15 points. Total after Day 2 = 77 pts.

TEAM CANADA earned 11 points for Meagan Duhamel+Eric Radford’s 2nd place in the Pairs SP where she doubled the planned s-b-s 3 Lz. Kaitlyn Weaver+Andrew Poje earned another 11 points for their 2nd place in the Ice Dance FP. The team earned 10 more points from Nam Nguyen’s and Jeremy Ten’s placements. Total after Day 2 = 63 pts.

TEAM CHINA was 5th. Their top scorers were 2015 World silver medalists, Wenjing Sui+Cong Han – 1st in the Pairs SP for 12 points and Han Yan – 4th in the Men’s FP for 9 points.  Total after Day 2 = 59 pts.

TEAM FRANCE won the Free Dance and 12 points with a seamless performance by the 2015 World Ice Dance champions, Gabriella Papadakis+Guillaume Cizeron.  Vanessa James+Morgan Cipres added 8 more points with a 5th place finish in the Pairs SP. Total after Day 2 = 44 pts.

 THE PERFORMANCES…IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Evan Bates…Team Captain USA, 1st place team following Day 2

“Today was a very exciting day. Apart from the ladies, everyone competed today. It was just thrilling. Some of the programs were exceptional, and I think the audience enjoyed it as well.”

Takahito Mura…Team Captain JPN, 2nd place team following Day 2

“I watched the pairs, ice dance and the men; all the skaters skated very well, especially Yuzuru Hanyu, who skated at the end of the day. I think it is very difficult for him. I think the ladies will do vey well, and we’d like to continue to fight until the end of the competition.”

Alexander Smirnov…Team Captain RUS, 3rd place team following Day 2

“Today was another great day, a festival of figure skating. Our whole team skated very well, some surpassed their abilities, others couldn’t quite do that, but the result is good. I would like to congratulate the winners. The placements didn’t change and everything will be decided tomorrow.”

 

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