U.S. ice dancers take ma­jor ti­tle

The Times-Tribune - - SPORTS -

Madi­son Chock and Evan Bates of the United States cap­tured the first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional ti­tle of their ca­reer Sun­day, win­ning the ice danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Four Con­ti­nents Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Chock and Bates, who were sec­ond at the U.S. Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships two weeks ago, scored 126.25 points dur­ing their free dance, which was to a med­ley of Elvis Pres­ley tunes. They fin­ished with 207.42 points to edge Cana­di­ans Kait­lyn Weaver and An­drew Poje, who to­taled 203.93 points.

Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier were third. Twotime U.S. cham­pi­ons Madi­son Hubbell and Zach Dono­hue led af­ter the rhythm dance but fin­ished fourth af­ter hav­ing an il­le­gal lift on the open­ing com­po­nent of their free dance. Amer­i­cans Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-luc Baker, the reign­ing Four Con­ti­nents cham­pi­ons, were fifth.

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