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American Polina Edmunds wins Four Continents

American Polina Edmunds wins Four Continents, Japan's Satoko Miyahara second

American Polina Edmunds wins Four Continents

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- American Polina Edmunds staged a remarkable come-back Sunday to win the Four Continents figure skating championship, finishing ahead of two Japanese skaters.

Edmunds, who came into the free skate in fourth place, hit the wrong edge on an early combination, a triple flip-single loop-triple toe loop, but landed most of her other big jumps, including a late combination and a double axel. Skating to "Tinker Bell" by James Newton Howard, the 16-year-old finished with 184.02 points.

Satoko Miyahara of Japan, who'd been first after the short program, had an uneven free skate, including a fall on a triple lutz, to win silver, with 181.59. The 16-year-old skated to "Miss Saigon" by Claude-Michel Schoenberg.

Rika Hongo, 18, of Japan got the bronze medal with 177.44 points.

American Gracie Gold, the 2014 U.S. champion, finished in fourth, unable to recover after missing her first two jumps.

The Four Continents provides an important gauge of possible competition at next month's world championships in Shanghai.

But some strong contenders weren't at the competition, which doesn't include European skaters. Among those were the Russians who swept the medals at the European championships earlier this month: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who won gold, Elena Radionova and Anna Pogorilaya.

Russian Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova, who has had an ankle injury, hasn't skated in international competition since beating South Korea's Yuna Kim for gold at Sochi in February 2014.

Kim has retired, but reminders of still-fresh outrage in Seoul at her loss were everywhere at the arena. "ISU out," said one sign, a reference to the International Skating Union that governs the sport. Another said "Robbers Sochi," and one, also directed at ISU, read: "I know what you did last winter in Sochi."

Also missing from Four Continents was American champion Ashley Wagner, who was originally scheduled to compete but decided to sit out the event.

Other highlights at the championship at Seoul's Mokdong Ice Arena included Olympic bronze medalist Denis Ten's commanding win at the men's event Saturday. The Kazakh skater finished well ahead of Joshua Farris of the United States in second place.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada won the ice dance, with Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada taking the pairs competition -- their second Four Continents win.

Updated : 2021-09-29 01:36 GMT+08:00