Skate America 2015, the first event in the elite 2015-16 Grand Prix of Figure Skating series, continued Oct. 24 with final round action from Milwaukee. Up first to jump and glide their way into the sport's record books were the pairs, and fortunately for Team USA, one of the nation's three entrants performed well enough to earn a spot on the podium at event's end.

Reigning national pairs champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim skated a long program that earned them a 122.28. Although that was good enough for just fourth place on the day, their cumulative total of 191.97 was enough to give them the silver.

Wenjing Sui and Cong Han, whoheld second place behind Scimeca and Knierim following the short program, turned in an Oct. 24 skate that secured (202.00) the gold for China. Canada's Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau rounded out the top three by taking(189.49) the bronze. Russia's Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, who took the silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, rebounded from a virtually disastrous short program, but still missed the podium by less than half a point.

Skate America 2015 results: Pairs

The full results --including the number of points earned by each pair-- are as follows:

  • 1. Wenjing Sui and Cong Han, China, 202.00, 15 points
  • 2. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, US, 191.97, 13 points
  • 3. Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau, Canada, 189.49, 11 points
  • 4. Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, Russia, 189.06, 9 points
  • 5. Xuehan Wang and Lei Wang, China, 171.77, 7 points
  • 6. Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea, US, 165.99, 5 points
  • 7. Kristina Astakhova and Alexi Rogonov, Russia, 157.97, 0 points
  • 8. Jessica Pfund and Joshua Santillan, US, 151.40, 0 points

With just six valuable berths in December's Grand Prix Final determined by points earned from placement in each series event, Scimeca and Knierim are in good position from the get-go.

They're next slated to skate at the NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan, which begins Nov. 27.

Skate America 2015 continues Oct. 24 with free skate action in the ladies', men's, and ice dancing events.

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