Skate Canada 2015 came to an exciting conclusion Oct. 31 from Lethbridge, Alberta as contestants from around the globetook part in the free skate portion of the program. By mid-afternoon, two of the four finals were decided, and the results sawtwo more medals added to Team USA's 2015-16 Grand Prix of Figure Skating haul.

Confident Ashley Wagner dominates the ladies' field

After turning in a dominant short programon Oct. 30 that gave her a significant lead over the field, US national champion Ashley Wagner once again showed poise and grace on the ice. The 24-year old veteran finessed her way to a second-place finish in the free skate with her second personal best of the weekend (131.79).

Wagner's cumulative competition total of 202.52 was more than enough to give her the gold medal and 15 points toward a berth in December's Grand Prix Final.

Reigning world and Grand Prix Final champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia rebounded from a disastrous short to win the free skate and the silver medal (188.99), and Japan's Yuka Nagai scored the bronze (172.92). The full results are as follows:

  • 1. Wagner, USA, 202.52
  • 2. Tuktamysheva, Russia, 188.99
  • 3. Nagai, Japan, 172.92
  • 4. Kanako Murakami, Japan, 171.59
  • 5. Gabrielle Daleman, Canada, 170.33
  • 6. Polina Edmunds, USA, 168.69
  • 7. Elizabet Tursynbaeva, Kazakhstan, 165.16
  • 8. Alena Leonova, Russia, 160.37
  • 9. Joshi Helgesson, Sweden, 155.70
  • 10. Veronik Mallet, Canada, 151.85
  • 11. Kaetlyn Osmond, Canada, 146.06
  • 12. Isabelle Olsson, Sweden, 141.58

Canadians Weaver/Poje are tops in ice dancing

In ice dancing, world bronze medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje took the top prize before the home crowd.

Their winning cumulative score of 173.79 bested that of silver medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani of Team USA (168.36) by more than five points. Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev earned the bronze with a 161.11. The full results:

  • 1. Weaver/Poje, Canada, 173.79
  • 2. Shibutani/Shibutani, USA, 168.36
  • 3. Bobrova/Soloviev, Russia, 161.11
  • 4. Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri, Italy, 154.74
  • 5. Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin, Russia, 147.57
  • 6. Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam, Canada, 143.92
  • 7. Laurence Fornier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen, Denmark, 134.94
  • 8. Elisabeth Paradis and Francois-Javier Ouellette, Canada, 131.05

Skate Canada 2015 will conclude during the evening hours of Oct.

31 with the men's and pairs free skates. The 2015-16 Grand Prix of Figure Skating will again resume on Nov. 6 with the Cup of China.

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