The 2015-16 Grand Prix Final, the prestigious cumulative event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series, concluded Dec. 12 in Barcelona with the last three event finals. Plenty of surprises were in store for fans, as the results saw two highly regarded former champions miss the podium entirely, while others fought hard to climb in the ranks following disappointing short program showings.

Grand Prix Final: Women's results

Just a year after she won the junior-level version of the event, Russian upstart Evgenia Medvedeva dominated the women's competition to take the gold medal. Her final mark of 222.54 --a new personal best for the young skater-- bettered the one posted by silver medalist Satoko Miyahara of Japan (208.85) by more than 13 points.

Medvedeva's countrywoman Elena Radionova (201.13) held off a hard charge by American Ashley Wagner (199.81) to take the bronze. Gracie Gold (194.79) followed in fifth place, while four-time Grand Prix Final champion and three-time world title holder Mao Asada (194.32) placed a shocking sixth after an error-filled free skate.

Yuzuru Hanyu breaks even more records

On the men's side, Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu crushed his own world records for long program and total competition marks to take the gold medal with a whopping, unheard of 330.43. Reigning world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain, who placed second to Hanyu in both the short and long programs, earned the silver (292.95), while Shoma Uno of Japan took the bronze (276.79).

Canadian star Patrick Chan, who had entered the competition with gold medal in mind, skated the third-best free skate, but it wasn't enough to overcome a last-place short program ranking. He finished just fourth (263.45). Rounding out the final rankings were China's Boyang Jin (263.45) and Daisuke Murakami (235.49) of Japan.

Weaver, Poje defend their title

In ice dancing, Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje successfully defended their title (182.66). Although Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates (177.55) turned in just the third-best free dance, they stayed just ahead of former world champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte (176.37) of Italy to take their second consecutive Grand Prix Final silver.

Off the podium were Americans Maia and Alex Shibutani, who placed fourth (174.92); Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev, who finished fifth (166.73); and the sixth place Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (163.20) of Team USA.

Olympic silver medalists take pairs gold

In the Dec. 11 pairs final, 2014 Olympic silver medalistsKsenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov (229.44) of Russia ended a dominant run by Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (216.67) to take the gold. Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov (206.59) of Russia earned the bronze. The rest of the contestants placed as follows:

  • 4. Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau, 200.98
  • 5. Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin, 186.87
  • 6. Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang, 183.04
  • 7. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, 177.42
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