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Carbone wins gold in adult championships debut

Five-time champion Rubke settles for silver; Reynolds takes ladies title
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Making his first appearance at the 2017 U.S. Adult Championships, 21-year-old Corey Carbone claimed victory in the championship masters intermediate-novice men's division. -Jay Adeff

Corey Carbone made his U.S. Adult Championships debut a successful one, easily winning the championship masters intermediate-novice men's title with a score of 49.74.

The 21-year-old student at Youngstown State University performed a fast-paced and entertaining program to Von Smith's rendition of "A Piece of Sky."

"I just qualified to compete age wise," the 21-year-old said. "It's been a really good experience."

Carbone (Westminster FSC of Erie), who placed third at 2016 National Showcase in Ohio, said that despite the high score, he was disappointed with the way he skated.

"I had a great warm-up, and I had skated perfect programs earlier in the week," he said. "But I missed the combinations, and I thought about throwing them in somewhere, but I just had too much on my mind and I was tired. All those factors. My legs were shot."

Five-time and reigning champion Michael Rubke (Los Angeles FSC) finished with 43.75 points and the silver medal. Rubke, who performed to selections from Chicago, now has two silver medals to go with his five golds.

Burton Powley, who has competed in all but one of the 23 U.S. Adult Championships, collected bronze with 38.64 points.

He joked that he's skating against "the kids" at this point in his career.

"I'll be 60 in a month," Powley said. "I have shoes older than [the winner]. I feel glad that I can still get out there and do what I love to do and be good at it."

Championship intermediate-novice ladies

To look at Rachel Reynolds (Los Angeles FSC) in her elegant off-the-shoulder black dress, it's hard to imagine her in hockey pads. Yet it's that rough sport that she credits for helping lift her to the gold medal in championship masters intermediate-novice ladies.

"I have to give my boyfriend, Travis, a lot of credit for introducing me to hockey," said Reynolds, who won the event with 41.40 points. "That helped my stamina a lot. It helped my legs get stronger, and now I skate faster."

Performing to "Charms," Reynolds packed a technically challenging program and earned a Level 3 for her combination spin. Her legs certainly did not tire in the end, as she executed a double salchow-loop-loop at the tail end of her routine.

Reynolds needed every point she could get, as silver medalist Karissa Williams (Arctic FSC) finished right on her heels with 41.15 points.

Wearing an inspired leopard dress and matching headband, Williams skated to "Great African Moments" by Michael Whalen that transitioned into "Coming to America." An adult competitor since 2007, Williams set the tone for an energetic performance with an opening flying camel.

Carlie Sanders (SC of Nevada) earned the bronze medal with 37.61 points. After showing some early nerves, Sanders took control and performed an axel-loop-double salchow during her free skate to the Piano Guys' "Beethoven's Five Secrets."