Maia and Alex Shibutani won their sixth Grand Prix Series gold medal at 2017 Bridgestone Skate America, highlighting the United States’ performance on Sunday.
The Shibutanis scored 115.07 in Sunday’s free dance for a total of 194.25—a new personal best score. They qualified for the Grand Prix Series with their win.
“We’re really proud of what we did this entire weekend,” Maia Shibutani said. “We’ve been working so hard since cup of Russia and both programs really felt like they built and they’re so much stronger now heading into the Grand Prix Final. These were the performances that we were looking to have.”
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker finished fifth with 163.53 total points and Rachel and Michael Parsons were ninth with 145.54 total points.
In the ladies competition, Bradie Tennell won the bronze medal in her Grand Prix Series debut with 137.09 points in the free skate for 204.10 total—both personal bests.
“It was exactly what I’ve been practicing,” Tennell said. “I was just really happy I was able to put it out there. I feel like I did my job.”
Karen Chen finished eighth with 123.27 points in the free skate for 182.80 overall.
Ashley Wagner, who entered the event eyeing a berth in the Grand Prix Final, was forced to withdraw after beginning her free skate due to an injury.
“I was diagnosed with an [right] ankle infection about – a little bit over a week ago, and I’d been fighting through it for about a week before that,” Wagner said. “I had just gone on antibiotics and I did everything that I could to do a quick fix, but it’s not a quick fix kind of a situation.”
Thirteen Americans will travel next week for the Junior Grand Prix and Grand Prix Final, Dec. 7-10 in Nagoya, Japan.
A Gutsy performance from both sides