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Edmunds rallies during free to take ladies crown

Miyahara claims silver; Bronze for Hongo; Gold falls to fourth place
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Polina Edmunds glided through her enchanting 'Peter Pan' free skate, landing an impressive array of jumps and executing a series of effortless spins. The 2014 Olympian earned 122.99 points for the segment and 184.02 overall to move up from fourth and nab the gold, her first medal at an ISU championship. -Getty Images

The 2015 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships concluded Sunday at Mokdong Arena in Seoul, South Korea, with the Ladies Free Skating and the Exhibition Gala.

Team USA's Polina Edmunds rose from fourth after the short program to win the Four Continents title in her debut at the event. Japan's Satoko Miyahara repeated as a silver medalist and Rika Hongo captured the bronze.

Edmunds produced a triple Lutz-triple toe, a triple flip-single loop-triple Salchow as well as three more triple jumps and two Level 4 spins in her program to "Fairy dance" from the Peter Pan soundtrack by James Newton Howard. The 16-year-old posted a new season's best with 122.99 points to come away with a total of 184.02 points to take gold.

"This competition, I wanted to skate well to gain momentum going into worlds," Edmunds said. "I knew that I had a shot (at gold) if I skated two clean programs. We have the same or more elements than everyone in the top five that were in the warm-up. In the short program, we were held close together and I knew if I relaxed and skated like I knew I could, it was possible. I'm happy it came true."

Miyahara's routine to Miss Saigon included five clean triples and three Level 4 spins, but she stepped out of a triple flip and fell on a triple Lutz. With 116.75 points, the Japanese champion finished second in the free skate and slipped from first to second overall at 181.59 points.

"I didn't feel any pressure after leading in the short program, but I was a little nervous today," she said, "I was thinking: If I had a good performance, it is not a dream to win this competition. I am sorry, but I wasn't able to put everything out that I am capable of."

Skating to Carmen, Hongo landed five triples, but the triple flip-triple toe combination and a triple Salchow were underrotated. She scored 116.16 points and accumulated 177.44 overall.

"I was able to get confidence, because I skated clean in both short and free, however, I didn't get 180 points, which was my aim," Hongo said. "To achieve this score, I have to improve several details. I will keep training hard for that and try to accomplish my goal at the world championships."

Team USA's Gracie Gold dropped from second to fourth place (176.58 points).

"It was a difficult competition for me," Gold said. "I skated poorly in both segments of competition. I'm sorry about that."

China's Zijun Li placed fifth with 175.92 points, and Japan's Yuka Nagai finished sixth.

Samantha Cesario performed the seventh-best free skate of the day and moved up to eighth.

"I felt a lot better out there (than in the short)," Cesario said. "The crowd was awesome, and it was fun to skate with them. It wasn't my best performance, but I fought through everything and I'm happy with how it went."