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Brown outclasses field in free skate to take gold

Russian ladies sweep podium; Canada's Gilles, Poirier rally for dance title
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Jason Brown rallied from second place after the short program to take men's gold at the 2015 Ondrej Nepela Trophy. -Jay Adeff

Team USA's Jason Brown rallied to take the men's title, Russia swept the ladies podium and Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier claimed dance gold on the final day of competition at the 2015 Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva held on to win gold with a 120.26-point free skate. The world junior champion opened with a triple flip-triple toe combination followed by a triple lutz. Her free also featured a triple salchow-triple toe combination, and she finished with a total score of 183.94.

After turning in a ninth-place short program, Anna Pogorilaya returned to form with a first-place, 125.37-point free to take silver. The Russian skater opened with back-to-back triple-triple combinations: a triple lutz-triple toe, followed by a triple loop-half loop-triple salchow. She finished with 178.05 total points.

Capping off a Russian sweep of the podium, Maria Artemieva took bronze with a total score of 177.21 after turning in a 116.00-point free skate.

Team USA's Mariah Bell finished 13th with 135.43 points.


Brown outclassed the field to storm to the men's title with a total score of 239.37. The U.S. champion had his opening quadruple toe attempt downgraded but rebounded with two triple-triples (triple flip-triple toe, triple lutz-half loop-triple salchow) done in the second half of his "The Scent of Love" program.

Entering competition Saturday with the lead, Mikhail Kolyada's fourth-place, 145.26-point free skate was enough to claim silver. The Russian skater opened with a quadruple toe but fell on his triple axel. He finished with a total score of 229.59.

Russia's Gorgei Gorshkov claimed bronze with a total score of 223.25. His 147.00-point free skate featured solid jump combinations, including a triple axel-double toe, a triple lutz-triple toe and a triple salchow-double toe-double loop.

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Sitting third after the short dance, Gilles and Poirier rallied to take gold behind a 96.58-point free dance. The Canadian silver medalists opened with Level 4 twizzles, and their performance was highlighted by a combination lift that propelled the team to an overall score of 159.14.

Great Britain's Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland took home silver with 156.22 points. The duo's 93.52-point free dance featured three Level 4 lifts as well as Level 4 twizzles.

Team USA's Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani dropped from first after the short dance to third, settling for bronze with 154.34 points.