Chen overcomes errors, takes 1st at Grand Prix Finals

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Nathan Chen made some errors on the Grand Prix Finals, but was adequate to win the gold medal.

Chen, the primary American males’s world champion since 2009, overcame a fall on his quad Lutz in Friday’s free skate, however nonetheless took the highest spot with a mixed rating of 282.42.

Individuals Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue had the highest rating within the rhythm dance, posting a career-best rating of 80.53.

Throughout Thursday’s brief program, the 19-year-old Chen made a mistake on his quad toe loop-triple toe loop mixture. He additionally had a misstep Friday

“I undoubtedly didn’t do my biggest applications, each brief and lengthy,” Chen mentioned. “There have been errors right here and there.”

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He gained’t have a lot time to have fun his win or dwell on his errors.

“It’s principally proper again to (college),” the Yale freshman mentioned. “As quickly as I get again from this, I’ve like a day earlier than my Spanish oral.”

Japan’s Shoma Uno completed second with 275.10 factors.

“It wasn’t actually a superb efficiency at the moment,” Uno mentioned by way of a translator. “I want I may have executed higher.”

Junhwan Cha, of South Korea, took bronze with 263.49 in his first look on the ultimate.

The 17-year-old trains with Canadian skating legend Brian Orser in Toronto and mentioned he was pleased with how he carried out in Vancouver.

Friday additionally noticed ice dancers compete within the rhythm dance and pairs skaters carried out their brief applications.

Within the rhythm dance, it was Hubbell and Donohue’s first efficiency since they captured gold at Skate Canada on the finish of October, and so they’ve since modified up their program.

“We knew that we wished slightly bit extra drama. … We wished that roaring end,” Hubbell mentioned, including that they went into the rhythm dance desirous to “carry out fearlessly.”

Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy have been second with 78.30, whereas Russians Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov have been third with 77.33 factors.

Donohue and Hubbell weren’t taking their lead with no consideration.

“Two factors is tough to come back by and but straightforward to lose,” Hubbell mentioned. “Actually our objective stays the identical tomorrow, simply to verify we’re giving 100 per cent into the efficiency of this new program, to actually be sure we don’t get afraid of getting one thing to lose. As a result of we don’t.”

The Individuals have but to medal at a Grand Prix Last.

Within the pairs competitors, Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China led with 75.69 factors after Friday’s brief program.

“Each transfer, we did it. So we’re comfortable,” Jin mentioned.

Russians Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert sat in second a rating of 75.18 whereas their teammates Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov held third with 74.04 factors.

The Grand Prix Last continues Saturday with free skates within the girls’s, ice dance and pairs competitions.

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