The 2016 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships continued Feb. 20 in Taipei City with more long program action featuring an array of athletes representing the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. A day after Americans Maia and Alex Shibutani, and Madison Chock and Evan Bates finished one-two in ice dancing, even more members of the nation's contingent earned podium placements.

Mirai Nagasu tops American ladies

Although most eyes were likely focused on reigning US national champion Gracie Gold, it was 22-year old Mirai Nagasu who skated her way to second place with a personal best cumulative score of 193.86.

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The silver medal is the 2010 Olympian's second Four Continents podium placement; she scored the bronze back in 2011.

The gold medal went to Japan's Satoko Miyahara, who won both segments of the program and posted a monster 214.91. Miyahara's countrywoman Rika Hongo took the bronze (181.78). Gold, who turned in a sparkling third-best free skate, climbed to fifth (178.39) after ranking just ninth following the short program. The other member of Team USA, teen Karen Chen, placed 12th (161.52).

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4CC 2016 Pairs skating

In the pairs competition at the 2016 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, former US national champs Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim skated two strong programs that gave them a silver medal-worthy 207.96. Both the final mark and their free skate total (140.35) represent ISU personal bests for the couple. They were bested only by China's Wenjing Sui and Cong Han, who earned the gold with a 221.91.

Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin (187.33) came away with the bronze.

Two other American pairs took part in the event. Reigning US national champions Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea placed a little more than five points out of the medals in fourth, while Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran wound up sixth.

Reigning world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford withdrew from the competition due to illness after completing the short program in second place.

Action at Four Continents will come to an end Sunday as the men take to the ice. After the short program, China's Boyang Jin leads the 23-man field.

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