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Ten skates circles around field at Golden Spin

Tarasova, Morozov set pace in pairs; Guignard, Fabbri lead dance
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No one else in Zagreb came anywhere close to Denis Ten, who will take a 17.53-point lead into the free skate. -Getty Images

Denis Ten, pairs team Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimor Morozov and ice dancers Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri took the lead in their respective disciplines on day one at the Golden Spin of Zagreb.


Ten skated easily his best short program of the season -- and one of the best of his career. The Kazakhstani landed a quad toe-triple toe, triple axel and triple lutz during his "Mira Tango" routine en route to a segment score of 94.03 -- 17.53 points ahead of the rest of the field.

Ten's closest competitor was Russia's Gordei Gorshkov, who managed 76.50 points for his short to the Rogers Waters song "Sexual Revolution." His routine was highlighted by a triple lutz-triple toe performed in the second half of the program.

Adam Rippon sits third with 72.23 points after a rough skate that included a scratchy triple axel and a pop on the second part of his planned triple lutz-triple toe combo. 

Team USA's Alex Johnson registered 71.95 points to finish just behind Rippon in fourth. Teammate Sean Rabbitt is 15th. 


Tarasova and Morozov set a new personal best in opening up an eight-point lead over teammates Kristina Astakhova and Alexei Rogonov. Skating to music from Lord of the Dance, the reigning European bronze medalists performed a big triple twist, side-by-side triple toes and a throw triple loop en route to a segment mark of 73.06, more than five points higher than their previous career high.

Second-place finishers Kristina Astakhova and Alexei Rogonov also pulled off a career-best short, tallying 65.06 points for their program to music from The Artist. Their performance included side-by-side triple salchows and a throw triple lutz.

Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran claimed third place after scoring a career-high 62.66 points, bettering the 62.63-point mark they posted at Trophée Eric Bompard. The team earned positive Grades of Execution (GOEs) on six of seven elements in its "Summertime" short.

Team USA pairs Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea, and Caitlin Fields and Ernie Utah Stevens finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Ice dance

Guignard and Fabbri took firm control of the dance event, grabbing a lead of almost 10 points. They earned Level 4's for all of the elements in their short -- a tribute to their home country of Italy -- on their way to a personal-best score of 68.24.

Second place went to Americans Kaitlyn Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, who came away with 58.76 points. Their Nutcracker short contained Level 4 twizzles and a Level 4 rotational lift.

The Japanse team of Emi Hirai and Marien de la Asuncion finished third.