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Uno holds off Brown to capture Lombardia gold

American wins free, silver; Aaron nabs bronze; Guignard, Fabbri cruise
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Japan's Shoma Uno opened his season with a win in Italy. -Getty Images

Shoma Uno fended off a hard charge by Team USA's Jason Brown in the free skate to win the gold medal at the 2016 Lombardia Trophy on Sunday.


Entering the day with a lead of more than five points, Uno finished second to Brown in the free, resulting in a winning margin of just 2.44 points. The two-time Japanese silver medalist landed six clean triples and a quad toe in his Latin-themed free, but he came up short on his two other quad attempts. His 172.25-point segment score gave him 258.93 for the competition.

Brown fell on his opening quad attempt in his "The Scent of Love" free, but he recovered nicely to skate clean the rest of the way (save for a doubled loop toward the end of the program). In all, the 2015 U.S. champion landed seven clean triple jumps (five in combination), including a pair of triple axels. His performance netted him 174.91 points, and he concluded the week with a final tally of 256.49.

The bronze went to Team USA's Max Aaron, who finished almost 38 points back of Brown. Aaron landed his opening quad salchow, but he struggled with several other jumping passes in his free skate to The Lion King.

Grant Hochstein finished fifth with 198.77 points.


Charlène Guignard and Marco Fabbri proved themselves to be the class of the field in Bergamo, winning the gold by more than 22 points. Highlights of their free dance, which included five Level 4 elements, were their rotational lift (1.80 Grade of Execution), twizzles (1.32 GOE) and step sequences (1.32 GOE for both). The Italians' winning total was 162.12.

Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson performed the same number of Level 4 elements in their free dance as the victors, but their GOEs and program components were considerably lower. The Brits took the silver with 139.60 points.

Finishing third were Finnish champions Cecilia Törn and Jussiville Partanen, who claimed the bronze with a score of 130.76.

Team USA's Julia Biechler and Damian Dodge came in fourth in their senior international debut.