Team USA Wins Silver at ISU World Team Trophy 2012

{~pr1~}(4/21/12) - Team USA earned the silver medal at ISU World Team Trophy 2012 from Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo having earned 53 points during the competition. The hosts, Team Japan earned the victory at the second-ever event of its kind with 55 points, while Team Canada finished in third with 42 points.

Team USA received the maximum 12 points in the ice dancing segment as U.S. champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White ended their season on a high note. The World silver medalists built a near three-point advantage in the short dance, and performed "Die Fledermaus" to the top free dance score by nearly four points. Davis and White earned 183.36 points overall to top the field.

In the ladies event, U.S. champion Ashley Wagner entered the free skate in fifth place but received the most points on Saturday for her "Black Swan" performance to finish in third place overall. Wagner earned 122.29 points in the free skate and 179.81 points overall to secure 10 points for Team USA. U.S. junior champion Gracie Gold, in her senior debut, totaled 169.65 points during the competition and finished in fifth place to add eight points for the team score.

In the men's event, U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott posted a season's best 86.98 points for his short program and finished with 234.37 points overall to finish in fifth place. Abbott garnered eight points for the team total. U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon secured season's best marks in both his short program and free skate to earn 222.73 points overall and finished in seventh place. Rippon netted six points for Team USA.

After a fifth place finish in the short program, U.S. champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin performed the only pairs free skate to receive all positive Grades of Execution as they jumped up one spot and finished fourth in the segment overall. Denney and Coughlin finished with 175.98 points and earned nine points towards the team total.

In each discipline, the top ranked skater earned 12 points, the second ranked skater/couple received 11 points and so on. The last ranked singles skater received one point, while the last pair/ice dance couple earned seven points. The points from each segment were added together to determine the winning team.

The U.S. won the inaugural World Team Trophy in 2009. This event was scheduled for last April in Japan, but was postponed following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. A modified version of World Team Trophy has been added to the schedule for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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