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Audrey Lu/Misha Mitrofanov led the Pairs from the United States to a one-two finish as the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships continued Saturday in Tallinn (EST). Teammates Emily Chan/Spencer Akira Howe took silver. Evelyn Walsh/Trennt Michaud of Canada earned the bronze.

Performing to “Ancient Lands” by Ronan Hardiman, Lu/Mitrofanov completed a triple twist, triple Salchow-Euler-double Salchow, throw triple Lutz and Salchow as well as two level-four lifts. However, Lu fell on the triple toeloop. The National bronze medalists scored 120.75 points and accumulated 189.10 points to win the title in their ISU Championship debut. 


Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov (USA)  © International Skating Union (ISU)

“It (winning this title) means everything. There were a few mistakes here and there, but we put up a good fight and I am happy,” Lu said. 

“We didn’t put out our best performance for long program,” Mitrofanov added. “We were happy that we put out a very solid short program, so we’re going to go back and start training harder. We’re happy with the win, but there’s always more we can improve. It never stops.”

Chan/Howe’s performance to “Elegy for the Arctic” and “Divenire” included a side by side triple Salchow-Euler-double Salchow combination, triple twist and a total of six level-four elements. Their only major error came when Chan crashed on the throw triple loop and stepped out of the throw triple Salchow. The Americans set a new personal best with 116.47 points and moved up from third place after the Short Program to second at 180.94 points.


Emily Chan and Spencer Akira Howe (USA) © International Skating Union (ISU)

“It was an exhilarating experience to be able to go out and perform well,” said Howe. “We’ve never been in that kind of situation before so it was a new experience, and I felt happy that we could go out there and give our best.”

Walsh/Michaud produced a triple twist, throw triple toeloop and three level-four elements, but struggled with the side by side jumps and their last lift. They still managed a seasons best with 114.28 points, but slipped from second to third at 179.70 points. 


Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud (CAN) © International Skating Union (ISU)

“Honestly, there were some good things, but we just did some costly mistakes and the lift at the end was a huge cost for us unfortunately,” Michaud admitted. “We’ve been skating so well and training so well, just disappointed that we couldn’t fully show all of that today. 

“We just need to take some things from the short and continue from the long at nationals,” he continued.

Deanna Stellato-Dudek/Maxime Deschamps (CAN) moved up one spot to fourth at 172.71 points. 

Katie McBeath/ Nathan Bartholomay (USA) came fifth on 168.18 points followed by Lori-Ann Matte/Thierry Ferland (CAN) on 163.60 points. Full event results: here.

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