A day after Ashley Wagner, Mariah Bell, Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier all snagged podium placementsat Skate America 2016, a pair of Americanmen followed with strong showings of their own to kick off the 2016-17 Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. Although Japan's Shoma Uno won both the short and long programs to capture the gold, former US national title holder Jason Brown and current champ Adam Rippon delivered a pair of solid routines to claim silver and bronze in the men's final on Oct. 23.

Uno is golden at Skate America 2016

Uno, who won the bronze medal behind dominant skaters Yuzuru Hanyu and Javier Fernandez at last year's Grand Prix Final, successfully completed a trio of quadruple jumps during his Skate America free routine.

His cumulative score of 279.34 bettered that of silver medalist Jason Brown --who finally landed a quad in competition during his "The Scent of Love" skate-- by more than 10 points. Although he didn't claim the gold, Brown did set new ISU personal best marks in both the free skate (182.63) and combined total (268.38). Rippon, who placed second during yesterday's short program, earned the bronze with a 261.43.

Full men's competitionresults

The complete results from the men's competition are as follows:

  • Gold: Shoma Uno, Japan, 279.34
  • Silver: Jason Brown, USA, 268.38
  • Bronze: Adam Rippon, USA, 261.43
  • 4. Sergei Voronov, Russia, 245.28
  • 5. Boyang Jin, China, 245.08
  • 6. Nam Nguyen, Canada, 239.26
  • 7. Maxim Kovtun, Russia, 230.75
  • 8. Timothy Dolensky, USA, 226.53
  • 9. Jorik Hendrickx, Belgium, 224.91
  • 10. Brendan Kerry, Australia, 211.76

Skate America 2016 is the first of six events that will determine which six hopefuls or couples from each discipline will advance to the Grand Prix Final in December in Marseille, France.

The series will continue next weekend from Mississauga as another batch of skaters -including former world champions Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Patrick Chan of Canada-- take part in Skate Canada 2016. US men slated to compete include Grant Hochstein and Ross Miner.

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