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Miner holds off Nguyen for Autumn Classic gold

Wang wins silver in ladies; Denney, Frazier rally for silver-medal finish
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Ross Miner, who held off Nam Nguyen to win gold at the Autumn International Classic, sits with coach Mark Mitchell. -Kitty DeLio LaForte

The 2014 Autumn International Classic concluded in Barrie, Ontario, on Thursday, with competitions from each of the four disciplines wrapping up.


Canada's Gabrielle Daleman held off American Angela Wang to win gold. Finishing with final score of 165.59 points, Daleman opened her free set to "En Aranjuez con tu amor" by Joaquín Rodrigo with an 8.94-point triple Lutz-loop-double toe combination. She also executed a double Axel-triple toe and came in second in the free skate with 106.21 points.

Wang's final score of 163.68 points earned her the silver medal despite finishing first in the free with 107.30 points. Skating to "Papa Can You Hear Me" by Iszak Pearlman and "The Way He Makes Me Feel" by Moscow Virtuosi, Wang opened with a clean triple Lutz-double toe combination worth 8.00 points.

Julianne Séguin won bronze for Canada with 158.99 points. Her 104.81 free set to "Aria with 30 Variations" from The Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastain Bach, "Heart of Stone" and "Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig van Beethoven got off to a shaky start with a fall on a triple flip, but she rebounded with a clean double Axel-triple toe combination.


Ross Miner held off a big surge from Canada's Nam Nguyen to win the gold medal for Team USA. Miner earned 147.02 points for his free skate set to "Romanza" by Andrea Bocelli. His highest scoring element came on an 11.08-point triple Lutz-triple toe that had a 0.98 Grade of Execution (GOE). He also performed a quadruple Salchow and two triple Axels and finished with a final score of 227.26.

Nguyen turned in an excellent 159.55-point free skate. Skating to Music from La Strada by Nino Rota, all of Nguyen's elements had positive GOEs, including three elements that gained 10.00 points or higher. He took home the silver medal with a final score of 225.63.

Jeremy Ten won bronze with 212.64 points. He earned 143.42 points in his free to "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley, highlighted by a triple flip-double toe-double loop combination.


Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford dominated the pairs competition, finishing in first by 35.88 points. Taking gold with a final score of 203.16, the reigning Canadian champions skated to a Muse medley and used two Level 4 lifts in the second half of their 134.24-point free for the easy victory.

Sitting in fourth place after the short program, Team USA's Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier won the silver medal with 167.28 points. Skating to "Pride Rock" by Hans Zimmer, their 115.62-point free started with a 6.92-points triple twist with a 1.12 GOE. Their Level 4 lift earned 7.20 points.

Americans Jessica Noelle Calalang and Zack Sidhu won bronze with 156.46 points. The pair notched 97.44 points in their free set to selections from Romeo and Juliet by Nino Rota, with their highest scoring element registering 6.66 points on a triple twist.

Team USA's Timothy Dolensky earned 133.24 points in his free to finish fourth with a final score of 196.93 points.

Ice Dance

French ice dance team Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took gold with a score of 150.20. They executed two Level 4 lifts, as well as a Level 4 twizzle. The duo finished first in the free dance with 90.46 points.

After entering the free dance in fourth place, Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier rallied to take silver with 142.52 points. Skating to music from A Streetcar Named Desire, the overture from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and "Si tu voi ma mere" and "Dans les rues d'Antibes" by Sidney Bechet, they registered three Level 4 lifts and registered 89.10 points.

Denmark's Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen rounded out the top three, taking bronze behind a 78.28-point free. Rallying to come back from fifth place, the team executed a Level 4 twizzle and three Level 4 lifts, finishing with a final score of 131.62.

Team USA's Anastasia Olson and Ian Lorello placed seventh with 116.48 points and teammates Alissandra Aronow and Collin Brubaker finished in 12th with 103.56 points.