The 2016 Cup of China resumed Nov. 19 in Beijing with the free skate portion of the event. Read on for a primer of the final results, including a look at who successfully advanced to next month's Grand Prix Final in Marseille, France, and who may well have skated her way right out of a berth.

Shibutanis soar at Cup of China 2016

Ice dance siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani continued their stellar skating season by claiming a second 2016-17 Grand Prix of Figure Skating gold medal (185.13). The victory secured the pair a berth in the Final, while a second place finish for Canadians and reigning Grand Prix Final gold medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje (181.54) all but eliminated the duo's chances of returning to the prestigious competition; in order for them to earn a berth, two other couples --world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, and former world and Olympic champs Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada-- will need to fall completely from the podium at next week's NHK Trophy in Japan.

The 2016 Cup of China ice dancing medalists are:

  • Gold: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, USA
  • Silver: Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, Canada
  • Bronze: Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin, Russia, 177.41

Ashley Wagner falters

In the ladies' competition, a series of underrotated jumps spelled disaster for American Ashley Wagner. The 2016 Skate America champion and reigning world silver medalist saw her chances of making a fifth straight Grand Prix Final all but evaporate as she skated to just sixth place. She made no excuses for her performance, tweeting:

It was, however, a good showing for winner Elena Radionova (205.90) of Russia and silver medalist Kaetlyn Osmond (196.00) of Canada, who both safely advanced to the Grand Prix Final.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (192.57) of Russia claimed the bronze.

Patrick Chan earns second gold

In the men's event at the 2016 Cup of China, Canadian Patrick Chan nabbed his second gold medal of the series, besting China's Boyang Jin by a little more than a point to take the title (279.72 to 278.54). Chan earned a berth in the Final, while Boyang's fate will be decided by others at next week's 2016 NHK Trophy.

Sergei Voronov (243.76) edged American Max Aaron (242.74) for the bronze.

Finally, in the pairs competition, China's Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang earned gold and a trip to the Final with a 203.76. Cheng Peng and Yang Jin, also of China, took the silver (197.96), while Canadians Liubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch (191.54) won the bronze.

With the 2016 Cup of China results in the books, the Grand Prix series will continue next week with the 2016 NHK Trophy.

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