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Little-known U.S. Skater Takes Lead at Cup of China

Jeremy Abbott, the 2007 Four Continents bronze medal winner, took the lead after the men's short program Friday at the Cup of China in Beijing after his relatively clean performance to "Adagio" by Tomaso Albinoni that netted a personal best 77.05 points.

Behind Abbott, an Aspen, Colo., native and member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association men's B team, stood Canada's Vaughn Chipeur with 72.70. Boston College pre-med student Stephen Carriere, the '07 world junior champion, stood in third place with 72 points.

American ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, the reigning Olympic silver medal winners, won the original dance with a score of 58.08, a personal best, but trailed Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin overall by less than a point, 95.58 to 95.23, with the deciding free dance remaining.

China's Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang won the gold medal in the pairs competition, topping Ukrainians Tatiana Volosozhar and Stanislav Morozov.

By Amy Shipley  |  November 7, 2008; 11:36 AM ET
Categories:  Figure Skating  
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