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Monday, February 11, 2019

Figure Skating: The Chock / Bates surprise to the Four Continents


Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates made a splash by winning the four-continent Figure Skating Championships on Sunday in Anaheim, California.

Chock and Bates, 2nd after the short program, signed the best free program and won with a total of 207.42 points.

They had their first win in a major event, having finished 2nd in the 2015 Worlds and twice 2nd in the Four Continents Championship.

They beat two Canadian duos, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje (203.93 pts) and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (202.45 pts).

The other surprise of this last day of competition is the defeat of the big favorites, Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.

The vice-world champions 2018, French dolphins Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, sank in the free program and plunged to fourth place final (201.66 points).

The Four Continents Championship was the last rehearsal before the 2019 World Championships in Saitama, Japan, next month.

The results of the fourth and last day:

DANCE ON ICE

Ranking of the free program:

1. Madison Chock / Evan Bates (USA) 126.25

2. Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier (CAN) 124.40

3. Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje (CAN) 123.37

4. Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue (USA) 119.71

5. Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker (USA) 115.45

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Final classification (after short and free programs):

1. Madison Chock / Evan Bates (USA) 207.42

2. Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje (CAN) 203.93

3. Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier (CAN) 202.45

4. Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue (USA) 201.66

5. Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker (USA) 189.87

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