What seemed to make the difference for USA was Jason Brown's second place in the men's free, Gracie Gold's first place in the ladies short, and perhaps the most unexpected- Scimeca/Knierim's third place finish in the pairs long program.
Gracie's first place SP got Team USA and extra two points from what I was predicting, with Jason and Scimeca/Knierim's placements adding another "bonus" point each.
Team Russia's ice dancers scored as expected, with Illinkyh/Zhgashin's fourth. Their men struggled with mistakes as usual, landing lower than I expected, though I should've seen it coming!
It was a close event, though, with USA only winning by one point. Had Elizaveta landed her triple axel in the short, she would've won the short and put the teams in a tiebreak.
Overall, it was a great way to end the season and I have to say that it was great to see so many top skaters compete one last time after Worlds. Many more blog posts to come over the summer as any information is shared about next year!
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