Knierim and Frazier Win History-Making Gold Medal

Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier haven’t skipped a beat after becoming the reigning world champions in April.

After picking up where they left off at Skate America – standing on the podium on their season debut – the 2022 Olympic team silver medalists have now won their second consecutive Grand Prix gold medal, dominating the peloton in Sheffield, Britain at the MK John Wilson Trophy.

Their fourth Grand Prix medal as a team, Knierim and Frazier become the first U.S. pair figure skating team to win multiple Grand Prix events in one season (since the series began in 1995), guaranteeing a spot in the final of the Grand Prix next month in Turin, Italy. There, they will become the first American pair team since 2015 to make the Grand Prix Final when Knierim competed with her husband Chris Knierim.

On Saturday in Sheffield, Knierim and Frazier opened their free skate to Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” with a triple twist, then achieved level 4 on their three lifts and spins combined in pairs. They were rewarded with 129.97 points, winning the free skate for a total score of 205.85.

Knierim and Frazier won the competition by over 20 points. Sara Conti and Niccolo Macii of Italy took the silver medal with 184.19 points (115.50 in the freestyle) and Letizia Roscher and Luis Schuster of Germany took the bronze medal with a score of 167.37 (107.13 in freestyle).

Katie McBeath and Nathan Bartholomay completed their season debut. Their skating to “The Blowers Daughter” by Christina Aguilera and Chris Mann earned 90.08 points and they finished sixth with a two-day total of 147.29.

In the men’s competition, jimmy ma led Team USA to a seventh-place finish, its best finish at its two Grands Prix this season. He scored high marks on his triple Axel and triple Axel-double toe loop combination to take 136.75 points in the free skate and 214.47 points overall.

Tomoki Hiwatashi received 122.05 points for his free program in his first Grand Prix of the season. He finished with 188.73 points overall and ninth place.

Daniel Grassl of Italy won the gold with a total of 264.35 points (177.50 in the freestyle). Deniss Vasiljevs of Latvia won the silver medal with an all-around score of 254.56 (171.55 freestyle) while Shun Sato took bronze with 249.03 (166.35 freestyle).

Earlier in the day, the women’s and ice dance competitions began.

The reigning junior world champion, Isabelle Levito, picked up where it left off at Skate America. After winning silver in Norwood, Massachusetts, she again earned second place in the short program. With a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination that scored 12.37 points, Levito then scored 72.06 for his performance at “Una Noche Mas”.

Skating at his first Grand Prix of the season, a powered triple flip-double toe and triple Lutz jump Gabriella Izzo in fifth place as his routine on “Punga” received a score of 62.92.

In his first appearance on the ice in competition since 2021, Bradie Tennell ranked 10th with a score of 56.50.

Mai Mihara of Japan holds a 0.17 lead over Levito with a score of 72.23 while Anastasiia Gubanova of Gorgia completes the top three with 66.82 points.

After the rhythmic dance, Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko and Oona Brown and Gage Brown ranked fourth and seventh respectively.

In their season debut, Carreira and Ponomarenko performed their rhythm dance to “Kind of Latin Rhythm”, “Where do I Begin”, and “Samba” in front of an audience for the first time. The 2022 Four Continents bronze medalists earned Level 4 for their pattern dance type step sequence and curve lift as well as high marks for their midline step sequence for a total score of 75.00.

The reigning junior world champions, the Brown siblings, made an impressive Grand Prix debut, setting a new personal best of more than three points, scoring 70.34. Their rhythmic dance was highlighted by their pattern dance type step sequence, which received over 10 points from the judges.

Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy lead the standings (86.30), followed by Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson of Great Britain (85.37) and Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha of Canada ( 81.09).

Competition ends Sunday with the women’s free skate and free dance. Follow all the action at Grand Prix Competition Central on the US Figure Skating Fan Zone.

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