Skate America 2015 proved an exceptional event for Team USA's Max Aaron. After surprising skating pundits by placing first during the Oct. 23 short program round, the one-time national champion held off a hard charge by long program winner Shoma Uno of Japan to take the gold medal. Reigning US champion and crowd favorite Jason Brown rebounded from an eighth place short program finish to take the bronze.

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The two podium placements bring the nation's event medal count to an impressive five overall: two gold, two silver, and one bronze.

Skate America 2015 results: Men's singles

The full results from the men's event --including points given toward earning berths in December's prestigious Grand Prix Final in Barcelona-- as are follows:

  • 1. Max Aaron, 258.95, US, 15 points
  • 2. Shoma Uno, 257.43, Japan, 13 points
  • 3. Jason Brown, 238.47, US, 11 points
  • 4. Han Yan, China, 236.03, 9 points
  • 5. Konstantin Menshov, 230.79, Russia, 7 points
  • 6. Adian Pitkeev, 230.75, Russia, 5 points
  • 7. Ross Miner, 215.11, US, 4 points
  • 8. Brendan Kerry, 203.48, Australia, 3 points
  • 9. Denis Ten, 201.52, Kazakhstan, 0 points
  • 10. Takahito Mura, 200.83, Japan, 0 points
  • 11. Florent Amodio, 197.45, France, 0 points
  • 12. Alexei Bychenko, 171.83, Israel, 0 points

Following his free skate, the always-ebullient Brown shared his enthusiasm with reporters in a video clip posted to Twitter by US Figure Skating.

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He said that he was "really proud" that he "went for it fully" and didn't hold back on the ice. Aaron responded to his solid performance with like-enthusiasm. Upon learning that he'd won the gold, the former hockey player, who's often classified as a more powerful skater who isn't the most graceful on the ice, grinned in apparent disbelief and threw his hands into the air as the crowd cheered.

The 2015-16 Grand Prix of Figure Skating will continue Oct.

30 with Skate Canada 2015 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Timothy Dolensky and Adam Rippon are scheduled to take to the ice in the men's event for Team USA. Check local listings for details and start times.

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