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Tuktamisheva cruises to victory at Golden Spin

Chen pulls up in free to take bronze; Guignard, Fabbri dance off with gold
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Elizaveta Tuktamisheva won her third international gold medal of the season -- and her second in two weeks -- at the Golden Spin of Zagreb. -Getty Images

Both gold medalists at the Golden Spin of Zagreb on Saturday won their events in convincing fashion, as Elizaveta Tuktamisheva ran away with the ladies title, and Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri scored an easy victory in ice dance.


Tuktamisheva gave a solid performance of her Peer Gynt free skate, bringing in 131.85 points for her effort. Her program featured a triple axel, triple lutz-double toe-double loop, triple toe-double toe and triple salchow-double axel landed in sequence. The Russian world champion finished with 201.33 points and her second gold medal in as many weeks (Warsaw Cup).

Turning in the second-best free skate of the day, Elizabet Tursynbaeva moved up one spot to second to win her fourth international medal of the season, and her third silver. Highlights of her "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" program included a triple salchow-triple toe and double axel-triple toe, both landed after the midway point. The 15-year-old Kazakhstani set a new personal best for the segment with 119.45 points and totaled 176.33 points for the event.

Rising one place to earn the bronze was Karen Chen, who scored a career-best 118.53 points for her rendition of her Les Misérables free skate. The 16-yar-old Californian landed a double axel-half loop-triple salchow as well as three triples in the latter half of the program. All told, Chen racked up 175.35 points en route to her first senior international medal. 

The second-place finisher in the short, Alena Leonova, had problems on several jumping passes in her free skate, and fell to fourth overall.

Team USA's Angela Wang came in fifth in both phases of the competition and landed in fifth overall.

For the second day in a row, Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova endured a miserable skate. Her score of 159.80 was some 65 points lower than her total in Sochi.

Ice dance

Guignard and Fabbri captured their second gold medal in as many competitions, following up their win at the Warsaw Cup last week with a victory in Zagreb. The Italians earned a personal-best 104.04 points for their performance of their Schindler's List free dance. The highlights of the routine were the two step sequences, both of which were rated Level 4 and earned sky-high 2.20 Grades of Execution. With a total score of 172.28, Guignard and Fabbri finished almost 19 points ahead of the field.

Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker claimed the silver, the second senior international medal of their career (bronze at the 2014 NHK Trophy). They improved on their career-best score in the free dance by 0.15 points, posting a segment total of 93.40. Their program to music from The Theory of Everything featured a strong set of opening twizzles and a skillfully performed curve lift.

The Armenian team of Tina Garabedian and Simon Proulx Sénécal and Japan's Emi Hirai and Marien de la Asuncion finished with the same number of points, 127.92, but Garabedian and Sénécal took the bronze courtesy of their higher score in the free dance: 79.66 to 76.88.