U.S. champion Nathan Chen opened the Grand Prix season by beating Olympic gold-medal favorite Yuzuru Hanyu.
Chen, 18, held off Hanyu at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, totaling 293.79 points to win by 3.02 over the Japanese megastar.
Full scores are here.
Chen landed four quadruple jumps in a strong but imperfect free skate for his first Grand Prix title in his second senior international season.
“I got a little tired halfway through the program and started faltering a little bit on the second quad toe – that was a big mistake,” Chen said, according to the International Skating Union .”I can’t let things like that happen in the future. But this is my first Grand Prix win, and I’m very happy with that.”
Hanyu outscored Chen in the free skate, but the American benefited from his 5.69-point lead from Friday’s short program.
Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world champion, has never won his opening Grand Prix start in eight tries.
He did three quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate rather than the planned five, but did not fall as he did in the short program.
Chen has now outscored Hanyu in three of their last four head-to-head events dating to February. Hanyu got the better of Chen at the most important event — winning the world championships, where the American was sixth.
Also Saturday, two-time world medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani won the ice dance with 189.24 points, sweeping both the short and free programs.
The siblings and U.S. champions have now won four straight Grand Prix titles (not counting the Grand Prix Final).
They won by 4.5 points over Russians Yekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Soloviyev.
The world’s top two couples were not in the field — Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.
Russia swept the pairs podium, led by world bronze medalists Yevgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov.
The top pairs teams from the rest of the world — including world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong — were not in the field.
The Rostelecom Cup women’s free skate is later Saturday.
The Grand Prix season continues next weekend with Skate Canada, headlined by three-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and three-time world champion Patrick Chan.
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1. Nathan Chen (USA) — 293.79
2. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) — 290.77
3. Mikhail Kolyada (RUS) — 271.06
11. Grant Hochstein (USA) — 206.09
1. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) — 189.24
2. Yekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviyev (RUS) — 184.74
3. Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin (RUS) — 179.35
7. Rachel Parsons/Michael Parsons (USA) — 148.75
1. Yevgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov (RUS) — 224.25
2. Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (RUS) — 204.43
3. Kristina Astakhova/Aleksey Rogonov (RUS) — 199.11
7. Marissa Castelli/Mervin Tran (USA) — 170.53