- Figure Skating
Davis/White win, Gold slips in Salt Lake
Courtney Hicks jumped from third to win the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, while world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White easily took the ice dance.
Hicks, 17, performed the cleanest free skate among four American women at the season-opening event in Salt Lake City to total 171.88 points (full results below).
She landed a handful of triple jumps and a double axel in her first senior international competition. Hicks was fourth at this year’s U.S. Championships.
She upset U.S. silver medalist Gracie Gold, who led after the short program Friday but stumbled in her free skate at finished with 164.68 points.
Gold was reported Friday by the Chicago Tribune to be changing coaches from Chicago area-based Alex Ouriashev to Frank Carroll in California.
Carroll was the longtime coach of Michelle Kwan and currently coaches Evan Lysacek.
Gold parted ways with Ouriashev immediately after Champs Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., in August, according to icenetwork.com, but no official announcement on Carroll has been made yet.
In the meantime, Gold struggled in her free skate Saturday. She doubled what appeared to be two planned triples and popped two other jumps.
American Samantha Cesario was third (157.29), and 2012 champion Agnes Zawadzki fourth (151.27). Gold and Zawadzki were second and third at nationals and considered the favorites going in.
Three U.S. women will make the Olympic team at nationals in January in Boston. Hicks, Gold and Zawadzki are considered contenders, along with U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and Christina Gao, fifth at nationals.
In the ice dance, Davis and White extended an 11-point lead from the short program to win by 22 over Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who were fifth at the World Championships in March.
The next major event is Skate America in Detroit, Oct. 8-10. Wagner, Cesario and Caroline Zhang are entered there, along with ice dancers Davis and White, Maia and Alex Shibutani and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.
1. Courtney Hicks (USA) 171.88
2. Gracie Gold (USA) 164.68
3. Samantha Cesario (USA) 157.29
4. Agnes Zawadzki (USA) 151.27
5. Amelie Lacoste (CAN) 147.88
6. Sandy Hoffmann (GER) 124.18
7. Melanie Yuung-Hui Chang (TPE) 109.74
8. Crystal Kiang (TPE) 100.57
9. Dimitra Korri (GRE) 91.62
10. Chelsea Chiappa (HUN) 90.14
11. Georgia Glastris (GRE) 89.58
12. Clara Peters (IRL) 88.33
13. Brittany Lau (SIN) 83.44
1. Davis/White (USA) 183.69
2. Weaver/Poje (CAN) 161.99
3. Orford/Williams (CAN) 137.60
4. Kriengkrairut/Giuletti-Schmitt (USA) 134.48
5. Coomes/Buckland (GBR) 133.41
6. Zlobina/Sitnikov (AZE) 132.34
7. Tobias/Deividas (LTU) 121.08
8. Cannuscio/McManus (USA) 119.34
9. Polutowska/Gerber (POL) 114.48
10. Reed/Rogov (ISR) 113.49
11. Telegina/Japaridze (GEO) 109.70
12. Bernardi/Mior (ITA) 106.13
13. Aronow/Brubaker (USA) 100.31
14. Maekawa/Maekawa (MEX) 92.26
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