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Jin holds off talented field to win gold in Espoo

Zhou, Rippon claim silver, bronze; China's Peng, Jin collect pairs title
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Boyang Jin capped his visit to Espoo by narrowly winning the gold medal over Vincent Zhou on Saturday at the 2017 Finlandia Trophy. -Getty Images

Boyang Jin moved from second after the short program to win gold Saturday at the 2017 Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland, narrowly holding off a charge from American Vincent Zhou. In pairs skating, China's Cheng Peng and Yang Jin won gold over Italy's Nicole della Monica and Matteo Guarise, while the French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron hold a comfortable lead after the short dance.


Despite finishing just third in the free skate with 165.45 points, Jin -- who earned 15.77 points for his stunning quadruple lutz and an additional 12.66 for a quadruple toe during his Star Wars free -- did just enough to fend off Zhou for the gold medal.

Zhou entered the free skate a disappointing sixth, but after delivering a clean program -- one that included a quadruple flip (13.47 points), quadruple lutz (12.40) and a quadruple toe (12.00) -- the reigning U.S. silver medalist picked up 173.91 points in the segment, enabling him to win the silver medal with 250.01 total points.

Finishing just behind Zhou was teammate Adam Rippon, who finished second in the segment after collecting 166.19 points for his free skate, which was set to "Arrival of the Birds" and Coldplay's "O." In his first taste of competition since the 2016 Grand Prix Final, the veteran ended his stay in Finland with a total of 249.88 points and the bronze medal.

Overnight leader Mikhail Kolyada, who had his sights set on winning his second title of the season, stumbled to a fifth-place finish in the free skate. He ended the competition fourth in the final standings with 248.50 points.

The second American in the field, Ross Miner, finished fifth overall with 233.72 points.


Peng and Jin sat atop the standings heading into the free skate, and even though they'd finish second in the segment, the Chinese team was still able to secure the outright victory with 198.03 points.

Performing their free to Roberto Cacciapagua's "The Tree of Life," della Monica and Guarise recorded a personal-best 128.08 points, narrowly winning the segment by less than a point over their Chinese foes, who earned 127.10. With an event total of 193.50 points, the Italian pair was able to depart the competition with the silver medal.

Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov were in second place following the short program, and while the Russians would slip to fourth in the free skate, their overall score of 184.78 points was just enough to help them lock up the bronze medal by 0.98 points over Canada's Liubov Iliushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch.

The American teams of Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Nathan Bartholomay (161.17 points), and Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu (156.88) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

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Competing in Espoo for the first time, Papadakis and Cizeron registered 78.09 points for their "Shape of You" and "Thinking Out Loud" short dance, and their performance helped provide the French team with a lead of nearly eight points.

Slotting second in the segment was the Russian team of Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin, the reigning Finlandia Trophy champions who have won gold at this event in three of the past four seasons. Their Rumba/Samba short dance earned 70.27 points, a mark that was more than four points clear of Denmark's Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen, who finished third with 65.76 points.

Team USA's Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter finished sixth in the short dance with 57.77 points, while fellow Americans Julia Biechler and Damian Dodge ended the segment 18th with 41.89 points.