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Sterlace, Durango overcome injuries to win gold

Pennsylvania-based team takes fourth championship dance title in a row
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Despite being off the ice for two months, Shay Sterlace (IceWorks SC) and Yovanny Durango (Liberty FSC of Philadelphia) won their fourth consecutive championship dance title. -Jay Adeff

Shay Sterlace (IceWorks SC) and Yovanny Durango (Liberty FSC of Philadelphia) overcame injuries during the season to win their fourth consecutive championship dance title at the U.S. Adult Championships.

Sterlace sustained a knee injury in the fall, while Durango suffered a subsequent shoulder injury.

"It's been a trying season," Sterlace said. "For almost two months, we couldn't train. We were finally able to kick it into high gear at the end of January."

The veteran team, who were the leaders after the pattern dance, performed their free dance to a version of "Creep" by the English alternative rock band Radiohead.

"It's a lovely song, and the singer's voice is so wonderful, so we were both very moved by it when we first heard it," Sterlace said.

Their score of 92.89 was about one point better than their winning score last year.

Michelle Daichman (Washington FSC) and longtime coach and friend Andrejs Sitiks (University of Delaware FSC) won the silver medal with 80.44 points. They just began their partnership in October and started to work on their program in January.

The silver medalists last season, Jennifer Freedman and Arkadiy Sergeev (Essex SC of NJ) garnered the bronze with 79.50 points.