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Uno crushes field, repeats as Lombardia champion

Brown easily wins silver; Guignard, Fabbri top dance field on home ice
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With an utterly dominating performance, Shoma Uno secured the gold medal at the Lombardia Trophy for the second year in a row. -Getty Images

Japan's Shoma Uno and the Italian ice dance team of Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri both defended their Lombardia Trophy titles Saturday in Bergamo, Italy.


Uno demolished the field, beating his closest competitor, Jason Brown of the United States, by almost 60 points. His "Nessun Dorma" free skate featured four clean quads -- salchow, flip and two toes (one performed in combination) -- three of which came in the second half of the program. The reigning world silver medalist also landed two triple axel combinations on his way to a career-high segment score of 214.97, and he finished with a personal-best competition mark of 319.84.

Brown skated a mostly clean program to a song called "Inner Love" by Maxime Rodriguez. The U.S. bronze medalist landed two clean triple axels (one in combination) as well as four other triple jumps, and his four spins were all rated Level 4. For his effort, he earned 176.87 points on the day, giving him a two-day total of 259.88 and the silver medal.

Securing the bronze was Brendan Kerry, who placed just fifth in the free skate but still managed to win his first career Challenger Series medal. The Australian led off his program with a clean quad toe, and he went on to land seven of his 10 jumps -- including a triple lutz-triple toe -- past the midway point. He collected 150.75 points for the segment and 233.05 overall. 

Team USA's other entrant in the event, Jordan Moeller, ended up in 10th after posting a personal-best score of 191.73


Guignard and Fabbri cruised to an eight-point victory in the free dance to bring their winning margin to 15. Their performance was highlighted by a set of Level 4 twizzles (1.80 Grade of Execution) and a pair of step sequences worth 9.30 and 7.36 points. It all added up to a segment mark of 99.04 and a total score of 169.30, enabling the Italians to win their fifth consecutive gold medal in the Challenger Series.

Making their senior international debut, Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd took the silver. The world junior silver medalists were the only team in the field to perform five Level 4 elements, earning that designation for their three lifts, twizzes and spin. The Russians accrued 91.06 points for the free dance and 154.40 overall.

Moving up from fourth to third were Alexandra Nazarova and Maxim Nikitin. The Ukrainians delivered a solid performance of their free dance, which featured three Level 4 elements and GOEs ranging from 0.36 to 1.56, and they came away with their second Challenger Series medal (silver at 2014 Warsaw Cup).

Just missing out on a medal were Team USA's Elliana Pogrebinsky and Alex Benoit, who were edged for the bronze by 0.46 points. The reigning U.S. pewter medalists were awarded 89.06 points for their "I Put a Spell on You" free and finished with a two-day total of 150.42.