Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker win first Grand Prix title
women in sport
HIROSHIMA, JAPAN (Nov. 10, 2018) - The United States won two medals in the ice dance event at NHK Trophy on the final day of competition Saturday evening.
In their season debut, Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker won the free dance with 113.92 points en route to their first Grand Prix title. The 2018 Four Continents champions executed four Level 4 elements in their performance to music by The Irrepressibles. With all positive Grades of Execution, the Montreal-based team moved up from second after the rhythm dance to finish on top of the podium with a total of 184.63. This is the duo’s first medal on the Grand Prix circuit since winning bronze at the same event in 2014.
Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons captured the bronze medal, standing on their first career Grand Prix podium. The siblings, who train in Rockville, Maryland, earned 109.57 points for their “To Build a Home” free dance, totaling to 178.64. They received Level 4s on every lift, as well as individually on their synchronized twizzles, for the third-best free dance of the evening.
Russians Tiffani Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro finished second.