With medals on the line, the 12 ladies competing in the singles event at Skate America 2015 again hit the ice Oct. 24 in Milwaukee, this time to take part in the free skate portion of the competition. After a missed jump landed her in second place --just points off the top spot-- during the Oct. 23 short program, American Gracie Gold won the long program with a sparkling skate, but still found herself in silver medal position after the dust settled.

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Gold, who placed fourth at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and is the reigning US National silver medalist, earned a cumulative mark of 202.80 and held the top spot until the very last performer, young Russian upstart Evgenia Medvedeva, surpassed her high-water mark with a 206.01 of her own. Satoko Miyahara of Japan, who narrowly missed qualifying for the 2014 Grand Prix Final, earned the bronze (188.07) after placing third in both the short and long programs.

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The other two ladies representing Team USA fared well. Karen Chen, who was the first alternate to the junior-level Grand Prix Final in 2014, placed fifth, while Mariah Bell landed in eighth.

2015 Skate America ladies' singles competition results

The full final results of the event, including the number of points earned by each competitor toward a berth in the 2015 Grand Prix Final, are as follows:

  • 1. Evgenia Medvedeva, Russia, 206.01, 15 points
  • 2. Gracie Gold, US, 202.80, 13 points
  • 3. Satoko Miyahara, Japan, 188.07, 11 points
  • 4. Elizabet Tursynbaeva, Kazakhstan, 178.56, 9 points
  • 5. Karen Chen, US, 172.54, 7 points
  • 6. Julia Lipnitskaia, Russa, 170.63, 5 points
  • 7. Nicole Rajicova, Slovakia, 167.32, 4 points
  • 8. Mariah Bell, US, 160.94, 3 points
  • 9. So Youn Park, Korea, 159.66, 0 points
  • 10. Haruka Imai, Japan, 158.65, 0 points
  • 11. Miyu Nakashiu, Japan, 153.29, 0 points
  • 12. Alaine Chartrand, Canada, 148.20, 0 points

Following her silver medal win, Gold said she'd "had fun" and felt "relaxed" on the ice during her long program, according to a video posted to Twitter by US Figure Skating.

With 13 points under her belt, she's in good position to make an appearance at the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona in December. Earning a berth would be redemptive for Gold, who earned a spot in last year's event but was forced to withdraw due to a stress fracture in her left root.

Skate America 2015 continues during the evening hours of Oct. 24 as the men and ice dancing pairs hit the ice. Entering the long program round, Americans hold the lead in both disciples, as former national champion Max Aaron topped the men's field during the short program, and Madison Chock and Evan Bates lead the field in ice dance.

Earlier in the day, Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim scored the silver in the pairs competition.

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