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Team USA wins two disciplines at Lombardia

Dornbush takes gold; Denney, Frazier top pairs; Medals for Miller, Wang
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Richard Dornbush and pairs team Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier took home gold medals for the U.S. at the Lombardia Trophy. -Getty Images

Team USA won two of three disciplines at the Lombardia Trophy behind impressive free skates Sunday. Richard Dornbush took gold for the men, and pairs team Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier rallied to finish in first. Japan's Satoko Miyahara topped the ladies field, with Hannah Miller and Angela Wang of the U.S. rounding out the top three.


As with her short program, Miyahara opened her 125.78-point free skate with an excellent triple Lutz-triple toe, which earned a 0.70 Grade of Execution (GOE) and 10.80 points -- good for the highest scoring element of the event. In the middle of her performance, set to music from Miss Saigon, she also executed a triple lutz-double toe-double loop (0.70 GOE). Miyahara's sound free gave her a final score of 183.90 for a comfortable victory, taking the top spot and gold medal by 13.64 points.

Taking silver in the ladies competition, Hannah Miller of the U.S. rallied all the way from seventh place after the short to make the podium. Skating to "Perseverance" by Michelle McLaughlin and "Illumination" by Jennifer Thomas, Miller shined while many of her fellow skaters struggled Sunday. She scored 118.83 points behind solid combinations, including a triple toe-loop-triple Salchow, a double Axel-triple toe and a triple flip-double toe, finishing with a total of 170.26 points. She also executed two Level 4 spins and one Level 4 step sequence.

Angela Wang took bronze for the U.S., opening her 105.37-point free by executing a high-scoring triple Lutz-triple toe-double loop combination, which helped her overcome a deduction for a fall in her second element. She finished with a total score of 160.25 to make the podium.


Sticking with Sunday's theme of American skaters saving their best performances for the free skates, Dornbush erased Japan's Takahito Mura's slim 1.79-point lead to take gold with a total score of 237.28 in Milan. Highlighted by a 15.86-point triple Axel-triple toe combination (2.00 GOE), Dornbush earned 157.92 points in his free, which he skated to "Yellow" and "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay. Dornbush also executed a triple Lutz-double toe-double loop, and all of his elements earned positive GOE's.

Mura suffered a deduction for a late start, but showed off his jumping ability by opening his 154.64-point free by executing a quadruple toe followed by a quadruple toe-double toe combination. Skating to music from The Phantom of the Opera, his triple Axel-double toe (1.20 GOE) earned 11.98 points. He took the silver medal with a total score of 235.79.

Russia's Adian Pitkeev rounded out the top three, finishing with a total of 215.90 to win bronze. His 144.30 free, skated to "Art On Ice" by Edvin Marton, included two Level 4 spins as well as a triple Axel-triple toe combination that earned 13.60 points. He immediately followed that element by performing a 13.60-point triple Axel (9.90 GOE).

Grant Hochstein of the U.S. came in fourth place with 204.37 points despite finishing in sixth place in the free skate.


Entering the Sunday trailing by 3.38 points, Denney and Frazier won gold behind a dominant showing in the free skate, scoring 110.86 points -- 24.56 points better than second-place finishers Bianca Manacorda and Niccolo Macii of Italy. Skating to music from The Lion King  soundtrack, Denney and Frazier executed all three of their lifts in the second half of their free, and earned Level 4's for each, including a 7.70-point reverse lasso lift (0.70 GOE). The pair also executed a throw triple loop (126 GOE).

Manacorda and Macii finished with a total score of 132.80 to win silver. Despite a deduction for a fall during the free on their throw triple toe, the pair landed all three of their lifts and finished with 86.30 points in a performance that featured a Level 4 reverse lasso lift (0.70 GOE) that earned 7.70 points.

Vera Bazorova and Andrei Deputat, who finished first in the short program, took the bronze medal with a score of 132.80 after coming in third place in the free with 80.08 points. The Russian pair struggled in a performance that included three deductions for falls, including two on their first three attempted elements. They did execute a Level 4 reverse lasso lift (0.40 GOE) that earned 7.42 points.