Americans win gold in ice dancing
Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States took their first major international title, winning the ice dancing competition at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Anaheim.
They scored 126.25 points during their free dance, which was to a medley of Elvis Presley tunes, and finished with 207.42 points to edge Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who totaled 203.93 points.
“We got a lot of medals, none of them are gold. I am surprised,” Bates said. “If you had told us that we would win Four Continents when we pulled out of the Grand Prix four months ago, I think we would be very surprised. But we’re very happy now.”
Shoma Uno was the first skater in Saturday’s final group of the men’s free skate at the Four Continents. He executed a flawless program that no one was able to match.
The Japanese skater, the 2018 Olympic silver medalist, won the men’s title by successfully landing three quadruple jumps during his fourminute program, including one in combination. The 197.36 points was the highest score in an international competition this season.
Uno, who was in fifth place after Thursday’s short program, posted a total of 289.12 points, nearly 16 points better than China’s Boyang Jin, who was the defending champion. American Vincent Zhou was third with 272.22 points.
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