NEW YORK, October 21 (Itar-Tass) - Russian skaters took one gold and three bronze medals at Skate America, the first competition of the Grand Prix season in Detroit, USA.
In pairs, reigning world champions Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov led, setting a short programme world record at 237.71 points. Another Russian pair, Kseniya Stolbova and Fyodor Klimov, finished third at 187.35 points, outperformed by Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dilan Moscovitch, scoring 208.45.
Another bronze for the Russian team was contributed by the youngest competitor at Skate America, 14-year-old Yelena Radionova, with 183.95 points in two programmes, beaten by Japan’s Mao Asada at 204.55 and Ashley Wagner of the U.S. with193.81. Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva was fourth with 176.75.
In the men's events, Japan’s Tatsuki Machida topped the podium with 265.38 points, followed by the American Adam Rippon with 241.24 and fellow countryman Max Aaron, scoring 238.36.
Russia’s Artur Gachinsky ranked 8th, last on the list at 208.16 as he received a spinal injury during training and performed on anaesthetic injections. Coach Aleksey Mishin said Artur would be out of the reckoning for only a week and that the injury would not prevent him from performing in the 2014 Olympics.
Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White dominated the ice dancing competition with 188.23 points, followed by Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte with168.49 and another American pair, Maia and Alex Shibutani, with 154.47. Russia was not represented in this programme.
The next Grand Prix competition will take place in the city of Saint John, Canada, on October 25-27.