Rostelecom Cup, the sixth and final Grand Prix event before the Grand Prix Final, completed in Moscow, Russia, with the home team taking four of the 12 available medals. But none of the four medals were gold, as Japan took two of the titles and Germany and the United States splitting the remaining two. The final placements in Moscow also completed the puzzle of the qualifiers for the Grand Prix Final in early December.
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World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White continued build on their second consecutive unbeaten season with a massive win in ice dance over Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who won their third silver medal of the season. Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev took the bronze. All three teams on the podium booked their tickets to Quebec City for the Final.
WATCH: Davis/White Rostelecom Cup short dance
WATCH: Davis/White Rostelecom Cup free dance
In the ladies’ competition, two-time World champion Mao Asada won her first Grand Prix title in three years, holding off a strong challenge from Russia’s Alena Leonova. Both Asada and Leonova qualified for the Grand Prix Final as a result of their placements. World junior champion Adelina Sotnikova won her second bronze of the season after making a few errors in both programs.
WATCH: Asada Rostelecom Cup short program
WATCH: Leonova Rostelecom Cup free skate
It was no match for the top two pairs in Moscow, as they were the class of the field by miles. World champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy avenged their loss against Russia’s Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov with their best free skate of the season. Kavaguti and Smirnov also skated their strongest free skate this fall in their silver-medal effort. Italy’s Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek won their first career Grand Prix medal with the bronze.
WATCH: Savchenko/Szolkowy Rostelecom short program
WATCH: Kavaguti/Smirnov Rostelecom free skate
The men’s competition was decided by only 0.03, as Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu held off a surge by Spain’s Javier Fernandez to take his first career Grand Prix medal and title. Fernandez moved up from fourth to win the silver after landing two quads in his free skate. Two-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott dropped from first after the short program to win the bronze with an uneven free skate. All three men made it to the Final with their medals in Moscow.
WATCH: Hanyu Rostelecom Cup free skate
WATCH: Fernandez Rostelecom Cup free skate
WATCH: Abbott Rostelecom Cup short program
The field is now set for the Grand Prix Final, which will take place along with the Junior Grand Prix Final in Quebec City, Canada, in early December.
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