Despite falling on their signature quad throw, Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pair's free skate over China's Sui/Han by less than one point. The two teams were evenly matched in PCS but the Canadians had a higher technical score, even with the fall. Megan and Eric had more technical issues here than they have all season, but I think fatigue and the long season just caught up with them. Overall, they had a fantastic year.
Sui/Han looked so great at this event. It was nice to see them carry their momentum from Worlds on with them here. I really like these two and their style. I can't wait to see what they come up with next year.
A big shout out to Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim who threw down a season's best score in the free skate to beat the Russians Kavaguti/Smirnoff to finish third in that segment. I haven't seen their performance because the stream went down, but they looked very happy with it. Their placement in the free was truly the key to USA finishing in first. Good for them!
If you added the short and free skate scores together, Sui and Han would've actually pulled the upset:
Sui/Han: 71.20 + 139.73= 210.93
Duhamel/Radford: 68.68 + 140.70= 209.38
Kavaguti/Smirnoff: 66.97 + 127.07= 194.04
Scimeca/Knierim: 64.22 + 127.87= 192.04
Gabriella Papadakis/Guilleme Cizeron's gorgeous and romantic free dance won them first place in that segment with a score of 111.06. I just LOVE this program for them and it was truly a breakout season for this team. I hope these new World Champs come up with something just as powerful next year.
Canadians Weaver/Poje skated very well in their free dance to place just behind Papadakis and Cizeron with a score of 109.79, just barely below their season's best. I think these two were hungry after their disappointing third at Worlds and had two great skates here to end their season.
Chock and Bates had a bit of a rough free dance, with Evan falling on a piece of footwork near the end of the performance. These two looked a bit tired in the free to me but overall, they had a very good season and will hopefully continue that next season.
If you add up the scores, Weaver and Poje would've been the champions here.
Weaver/Poje: 73.14 + 109.79= 182.93
Papadakis/Cizeron: 70.86 + 111.06= 181.92
Chock/Bates: 72.14+102.74= 174.41
What a great way for Yzuru Hanyu to end his season with a clean, beautiful free skate. Yuzuru truly is a performer and his jumping talent is crazy good when he's on. This competition was much better than his Worlds performance and hopefully he can now get some very much needed rest in the off-season. PS- There is a video out there of him doing a quad-triple axel in the gala finale! Check it out!
Jason Brown truly had a great event. He was clean in both of the segments, with only a few tight landings in the short. His free skate is incredibly well choreographed in my opinion and I've really loved watching it all season. I hope BOTH of his programs next year have that maturity level. He got wonderful scores here and ended his season a very high note.
Han Yan had a bit of a rough skate in the free, which I predicted as he tends to struggle under pressure. His teammate Takahito Mura came in third in the free skate after a solid performance.
If you added the scores together, Jason actually placed second overall:
Yuzuru Hanyu: 96.27 + 192.31= 288.58
Jason Brown: 86.48 + 176.69
Han Yan: 87.13 + 163.14= 250.27
Takahito Mura: 82.04 + 165.40= 247.44
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