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Russia sweeps gold medals on last day at Finlandia

Rippon wins free, wrangles silver; Cannuscio, McManus claim bronze
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Russia's Sergei Voronov finally found the top of the podium in his fourth appearance at the Finlandia Trophy. -Getty Images

Russia make it a clean sweep of the gold medals at the 2014 Finlandia Trophy, with Sergei Voronov holding off Adam Rippon to win the men's title and Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin routing the dance field.


Voronov gave a respectable rendition of his free skate to a medley including "Caruso" by Neal Schon, "Come Together" by Marcus Miller, "At Last" by Kenny G and "Big Time Boppin'" (Go Man Go) by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The reigning Finlandia silver medalist started with a superlative quad toe (1.80 Grade of Execution) and later added a triple Axel-double toe worth 11.98 points. He had a triple loop-double toe-double loop invalidated because it contained his third double toe of the program. The 2014 European silver medalist scored 146.05 points in the segment and 221.11 overall.

Rippon won the free skate with 152.22 points and came up less than half a point short of the gold. Skating to Franz Liszt's "Piano Concerto No. 1," the former U.S. silver medalist tallied 10.40 points for a fine triple Axel-double toe. He also completed five of his jump elements in the second half of his program, including a triple Lutz-triple toe-double loop worth 11.74 points (the toe was deemed under-rotated). He totaled 220.75 on the week.

Alexander Petrov started his Antonio Vivaldi medley free skate with a flurry of high-scoring jump elements: Each of his triple Axel-triple toe, triple flip-half loop-triple Salchow and triple Axel earned the Russian skater double-digit points. Petrov, who will compete at the Junior Grand Prix Final in December, amassed 141.21 points in the free, good for a competition total of 214.50, and he picked up the bronze in his senior international debut. 

Ice Dance

Competing for the first time since winning the Russian Junior Championships in December 2013, Stepanova and Bukin won the free dance with a segment total of 93.36. They scored big with their two step sequences, each of which earned 8.42 points. In between those, they performed a combination lift that garnered a segment-high 9.18 points. They posted an overall score of 152.82, giving the 2013 world junior champions their first senior international gold medal.

Although they moved up one step on the podium from their first competition of the season, the Nebelhorn Trophy, silver medalists Nelli Zhiganshina and Alexander Gazsi took a step back in terms of their performance: The Germans scored more than seven points higher in Oberstdorf (147.10) for their Swan Lake Reloaded free dance than they did in Espoo (139.98). That was largely due to both of them taking a spill on their circular step sequence Saturday. They placed third in the free with a score of 81.91.

Finishing second in the free and winning the bronze medal were Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus. By and large, the Delaware-based duo achieved higher levels for their "Danse Macabre" and "Transylvanian Lullaby" program than they did last month at the 2014 U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City: Their straight line lift went from a 2 to a 4, and their serpentine step sequence improved from a 1 to a 2. They earned a segment total of 82.48 and ended with 131.76 points. This is the team's third podium finish in its last three international competitions (gold at 2013 Ice Challenge, bronze in Salt Lake City).