Suguri Leads Cup of Russia
From the Associated Press:
Japan's Fumie Suguri took the women's lead Friday at the Cup of Russia with a short program that was confident and precise, if short on adventure.
Suguri, who took silver at Skate Canada, is in line for a slot in the Grand Prix final if she gains a gold or silver in Moscow, the fifth of six Grand Prix series competitions. With a score of 58.30 points, she edged Carolina Kostner of Italy, the world silver medalist, and American Rachael Flatt at Moscow's Megasport Arena.
In a disappointing performance, 2006 world champion Kimmie Meissner was eighth.
Flatt, new to the international seniors circuit, said her third-place status "kind of surprised" her.
"I honestly didn't know where I was going to come out for the standings. But I'm very excited. I didn't skate my best, it could've been better, but I'm happy with where I am," she said.
American Alissa Czisny was fifth, less than five points behind Suguri and not to be counted out.
Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin led the ice dancing field after the compulsory dance, ahead of compatriots Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski. Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States were in third with 35.77 points, exactly three points behind the leaders.
The Americans and Domnina and Shabalin each have won one gold medal in this year's Grand Prix series. A second gold, or even a silver, would put them in the Grand Prix final. Khokhlova and Novitski, who won bronze at Cup of China, could advance to the final with a gold in Moscow.
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