As expected, the top two ice dance teams were in a stratosphere of their own in the short dance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Both teams continue to show why they took two of the top three spots at last year’s World Championships. It was World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White who twizzled their way into first, four points over training mates, World bronze medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.
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Davis and White were strong with all of their elements in the short dance, skating an energetic and difficult short dance that gave them the lead going into the free dance. They earned a 76.89, good for a comfortable, though not insurmountable, cushion over the Shibutanis.
Skating in the first half of the group of 14 skaters, the Shibutanis were much improved in their Latin short dance from earlier this season after reworking their program after the Grand Prix Final. They were rewarded well by the judges, scoring a 72.61 to hold a 15-point edge over the remainder of the teams.
A slew of teams are currently fighting for the bronze medal position. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue have the upper hand after the short dance, one point over Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, who were fifth last year at Nationals.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates are in fifth, two points off the podium. About two points behind Chock and Bates are three teams who are within just over half a point of each other. With the close race for third – there are seven teams currently separated by just five points – it will certainly be a close race in the free dance.
DANCE (after the short dance)
1. Meryl Davis/Charlie White – 76.89
2. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani – 72.61
3. Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue – 57.56
4. Lynn Krienkrairut/Logan Giulietti-Schmitt – 56.37
5. Madison Chock/Evan Bates – 55.49
6. Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus – 53.82
7. Anastasia Olson/Jordan Cowan – 53.44
8. Emily Samuelson/Todd Gilles – 53.24
9. Charlotte Lichtman/Dean Copely – 52.55
10. Isabella Cannuscio/Ian Lorello – 50.03
11. Ginna Hoptman/Pavel Filchenkov – 46.27
12. Brittany Schmucker/Adam Munday – 43.18
13. Meredith Zuber/Kyle Herring – 43.13
14. Carina Glastris/Kevin Allison – 28.22
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