Hubbell and Donohue Win 2018 Skate Canada International, Punch Ticket to Grand Prix Final(10/27/18) Madison
Hubbell and Zachary Donohue
won their second Grand Prix Series event of the
season on Saturday night at 2018 Skate Canada International in Laval, Quebec.
With their victory, the Montreal-based duo secured a spot in the 2018 Grand
Prix Final in Vancouver.
Hubbell and Donohue scored 120.27 in their free dance to secure gold with
200.76 points overall, topping the field by over five points. In their Romeo
and Juliet themed free dance, the reigning World silver medalists completed
four Level 4 elements. The win marks their third Grand Prix gold and 11th
straight Grand Prix Series medal (apart from the final) dating back to 2013
Skate Canada International. With first place finishes at 2018 Skate America and
2018 Skate Canada International, Hubbell and Donohue will compete in the Grand
Prix Final in December for the fourth straight year.
Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov earned the silver medal
(195.17), while Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada won bronze (186.97).
In the ladies competition, Mariah Bell
finished fourth with 190.25 total points. Bell rallied from her fifth-place
short program to finish just off the podium, scoring a season best 126.90 with
five triple jumps. Starr Andrews
placed seventh in the ladies event, scoring 109.95 in her free skate for 174.72
Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Evgenia Medvedeva claimed gold (203.32) and
bronze (197.91), respectively, while Mako Yamashita of Japan took home the
silver medal (203.06).
rebounded from a tough
short program to finish sixth in the men’s competition. The Toronto-based
skater scored a season best 158.51 points in his Simon and Garfunkel free
skate, landing 11 jumps. He finished with a total score of 234.97, jumping from
11th to sixth place.
Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan won the men’s competition (277.25),
Canada’s Keegan Messing claimed silver (265.17) and the Republic of Korea’s
Junhwan Cha took bronze (254.77).
In the pairs event, Haven Denney and
also improved on their short program performance, moving
from eighth to sixth place. The couple executed four beautiful lifts, each
tallying grades of execution over 1.50. They scored 114.91 on their free skate
for 170.22 points overall.
World bronze medalists Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France won gold
(221.81), China’s Cheng Peng and Yang Jin captured silver (201.08), and Kirsten
Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro of Canada earned bronze (200.93).
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. The competition can be streamed on-demand on the Figure Skating Pass on NBC Sports Gold