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Nagasu leads podium-happy Team USA in Graz

Dmitriev leaps Brown; Scimeca, Knierim top pairs; Thomas, Eaton first
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Mirai Nagasu topped the ladies field at the 2015 Ice Challenge. -Getty Images

Team USA led the medal count at the 2015 Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria, landing five podium spots at the competition.


The United States' Mirai Nagasu took gold, while Russia's Maria Artemieva and American Tyler Pierce won silver and bronze, respectively.

Nagasu, Artemieva and Pierce all sat within a point of one another after the short program, but Nagasu's clean free to The Great Gatsby propelled her to victory Saturday, earning 111.53 points -- two better than Artemieva.

Nagasu opened with a trio of combinations: a triple flip-triple toe, a double axel-triple toe-double toe and a triple loop-double toe. She was also awarded two Level 4 spins.

Both Artemieva and Pierce endured deductions for a fall in their free skates.


Russian Artur Dmitriev came from behind to take gold, scoring a total of 247.57 points. Second after the short program to American Jason Brown, Dmitriev skated a clean free skate, highlighted by five opening jumps (quad toe, triple lutz-triple toe, triple axel, triple loop). He also connected on a triple axel-double toe-double loop combination to start the second half of his program.

Brown under-rotated his opening quad toe and fell on a triple axel later in the program. He recovered nicely with eight jumps that all earned positive Grades of Execution (GOEs) in the back half of his program. He impressed with his program components, earning a competition-high mark of 83.00 points.

Russia's Mikhail Kolyada finished third and won the free skate, earning 164.91 points for his The Nightmare Before Christmas routine.

The United States' Jordan Moeller finished seventh.


U.S. champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim blew away the competition with 189.28 points. Leading by 10 after the short program, the American duo extended its lead to nearly 35 points with an impressive free skate set to music from Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Their program was highlighted by three Level 4 lifts and a clean throw triple flip.

Germany's Mari Vartmann and Ruben Blommaert improved from third after the short to second overall behind their 99.24-point free skate set to West Side Story. Italy's Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise finished third, totaling 154.78 points for the two days of competition.

Americans Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu finished fourth overall, coming away with 150.96 points. They turned in the third-best free skate of the competition.

Ice dance

First-year duo Danielle Thomas and Daniel Eaton took home the dance title, earning 132.44 points. They had the top short and free dance. The Americans were awarded three Level 4 lifts.

Italy's Misato Komatsubara and Andrea Fabbri finished second with 126.66 points. They had two Level 4 lifts and a Level 4 combination spin.

Finland's Olesia Karmi and Max Lindholm finished third, improving from fourth place after the short dance to earn 124.26 points overall.