The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final concluded Sunday in Quebec, Canada with the Free Dance and the Exhibition Gala.
Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) dance off with the gold medal
Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) danced off with the gold and their third consecutive Grand Prix Final title. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir of Canada claimed the silver medal and Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat of France earned the bronze.
Davis/White put out a confident Waltz to Die Fledermaus that was highlighted by whirling rotational lifts and smooth footwork. The reigning World Champions collected a level four for all elements except the midline step sequence that was graded a level three. The Americans achieved a new seasons best with 112.38 points and racked up 188.55 points overall. It's fantastic. The consistency of our training, coming every day to the rink with a good attitude and bringing it over to competition with the same sort of idea is what we do. We control ourselves and so far we're doing a good job of that, White said. The closeness of the points will drive us even more. We work very hard every day but having Scott and Tessa there right next to us pushes us that much more. We're really excited to get back home and keep working and improving, Davis added.
Virtue/Moir entertained the crowd as Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in their Free Dance set to Funny Face. The Olympic Champions picked up a level four for all seven elements and improved their season best by six points with a score of 112.33 points. Virtue/Moir accumulated 183.34 points overall to win the silver.
We went out like on any other day. Tessa and I always focus on ourselves. Today was no different just because we had a significant point gap. It doesn't mean that our attack is different. We were happy to come back with a strong skate like that today, Moir said. It felt great. We knew this program was well trained and prepared going in. It is really where we wanted it to be at this point of the season, Virtue commented.
Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat's Egyptian themed dance featured innovative lifts and difficult steps. Their lifts, twizzles and the spin garnered a level four while the step sequences were a level three. The European Champions scored 101.01 points, which was a seasons best, and totaled 169.69 points. We improved our seasons best with each competition and our program is getting better and better. It was a good perfomance today, Bourzat said. It was hard to skate today, because the Final is more important than our previous Grand Prix competitions. We did all the elements and are quite happy we went through this challenge, Pechalat noted.
Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN) finished fourth at 166.07 points, Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) came fifth (160.55 points) ahead of Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev (RUS) with 157.30 points.
At the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final the host country, Canada accumulated a total of 3 medals, Men's gold and silver in both Ice Dance and Junior Pairs. Germany, Spain, France and Italy got one medal each; gold in Pair Skating, bronze in Men, bronze in Ice Dance and gold in Ladies respectively. Japan leaves with two silver medals in Ladies and Men. China won gold in Junior Pairs and silver in Junior Men. The USA topped the podium in Ice Dance and Junior Men and got bronze in Junior Men and Junior Pairs.
Russia obtained the most medals with two sweeps in Junior Ladies and Junior Ice Dance, silver and bronze in Pairs and bronze in Ladies totaling nine medals