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(10/7/12) - Team USA has netted seven medals between 2012 JGP Croatia and 2012 Finlandia Trophy: one gold, two silver and four bronze.
Harrison Choate won his first career JGP medal, the bronze, Friday. Between the ladies and ice dance divisions, the United States added three medals Saturday, with gold medalist Angela Wang and silver medalist Hannah Millerboth qualifed for the 2012 JGP Final. Rachel Parsons & Michael Parsons won their first international, the bronze, while setting personal best scores along the way.
Choate, the 2012 U.S. junior pewter medalist, totaled a personal-best score of 185.39 points for the week. Choate finished fourth to begin the season at JGP France in late August. His teammate, Nathan Chen, the reigning U.S. junior champion, was forced to withdraw prior to the free skate due to a lower leg injury that will be evaluated when he returns home. Chen opened the season in impressive form, winning gold at 2012 JGP Austria with 222.00 points.
Wang won both segements of the ladies event and totaled 162.55 points for the week. Miller finished nine points behind her teammate with 153.21. All three ice dancing medalists were separated by 0.54 points. Parsons and Parsons finished the week with a score of 134.09 points.
In pairs, JGP United States bronze medalists Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage finished sixth, directly in front of teammates Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu. In Thursday's short program, Aaron and Settlage topped their previous international best score and are in sixth after the short program with 45.86 points. The third American team of Christina Zaitsev and Ernie Stevens finished 11th in their international debut.
Team USA is also represented by five athletes at 2012 Finlandia Trophyin Espoo, Finland.
The men's event was the first to go final. Richard Dornbush totaled his biggest career free skate score, 168.60, en route to 239.99 total points and the silver medal. However, Dornbush's free skating score won't be officially recognized as a personal best as Finlandia Trophy is not among those considered for scoring records. Johnny Weir, competing for the first time since the 2010 Olympics, placed fourth with a total score of 201.42 points.
Mirai Nagasu and ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue maintained medal standing in Sunday's free skates to take home bronze from Espoo. Nagasu earned 163.09 points overall, while Hubbell and Donohue won their medal with a score of 150.30 points. All of Team USA's competitors at Finlandia Trophy will compete later this fall in the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.
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