Javier Fernandez wins Rostelecom Cup; Jason Brown’s best free skate (video)

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Spain’s Javier Fernandez won the Rostelecom Cup to earn a berth in the Grand Prix Final, while Jason Brown posted the best free skate of his international career for fifth place Saturday.

Fernandez, the two-time reigning World bronze medalist who finished fourth at the Sochi Olympics, totaled 265.01 points to win by 13.01 over Russian Sergey Voronov. Fernandez, who finished second at Skate Canada two weeks ago, clinched a spot in the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona in December.

The Spaniard had several errors on landings in his free skate — though he didn’t fall — which prompted concern from his coach, two-time Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser.

“It’s gonna be close,” Orser told Fernandez, the final skater to go, as he came off the ice in Moscow.

“It’s OK,” Fernandez responded. “I don’t care.”

Brown, a 19-year-old who finished ninth at the Olympics, scored 159.24 in his free skate (235.56 total) despite stumbling out of a triple Lutz landing. He improved from seventh after the short program Friday.

Japan’s Rika Hongo won the women’s competition with 178 points, the lowest total to win a women’s Grand Prix series event in two years. Russian Anna Pogorilaya was second with 173.43, followed by Canadian short program leader Alaine Chartrand (172) and American Mirai Nagasu (165.88).

Three different Russian women had won the first three Grand Prix events this season before Rostelecom Cup, an unprecedented feat.

In ice dance, U.S. Olympians Madison Chock and Evan Bates won for the second time in four Grand Prix events.

In pairs, Olympic silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov led a Russian medals sweep with the highest total score of the Grand Prix season.

The Grand Prix series continues with Trophee Bompard in France next week.

Rostelecom Cup men’s results
1. Javier Fernandez (ESP) — 265.01
2. Sergey Voronov (RUS) — 252
3. Michal Brezina (CZE) — 241.23
5. Jason Brown (USA) — 235.56
7. Max Aaron (USA) — 212.6
9. Stephen Carriere (USA) — 201.24

Leaders in Grand Prix season
1. Tatsuki Machida (JPN) — 269.09 (Skate America)
2. Javier Fernandez (ESP) — 265.01 (Rostelecom Cup)
3. Takahito Mura (JPN) — 255.81 (Skate Canada)
4. Sergey Voronov (RUS) — 252 (Rostelecom Cup)
5. Javier Fernandez (ESP) — 244.87 (Skate Canada)
6. Maksim Kovtun (RUS) — 243.34 (Cup of China)
7. Michal Brezina (CZE) — 241.23 (Rostelecom Cup)
8. Misha Ge (UZB) — 238.05 (Rostelecom Cup)
9. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) — 237.55 (Cup of China)
Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan not competing in Grand Prixs.

U.S. men’s leaders in Grand Prix season
1. Jason Brown — 235.56 (Rostelecom Cup)
2. Jason Brown — 234.17 (Skate America)
3. Max Aaron — 231.77 (Skate Canada)
4. Stephen Carriere — 231.67 (Skate Canada)
5. Richard Dornbush — 226.73 (Cup of China)
6. Jeremy Abbott — 219.33 (Skate America)
7. Max Aaron — 212.6 (Rostelecom Cup)

Rostelecom Cup women’s results
1. Rika Hongo (JPN) — 178
2. Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) — 173.43
3. Alaine Chartrand (CAN) — 172
4. Mirai Nagasu (USA) — 165.88
8. Ashley Cain (USA) — 150.9
9. Angela Wang (USA) — 150.75

Leaders in Grand Prix season
1. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) — 196.6 (Cup of China)
2. Elena Radionova (RUS) — 195.47 (Skate America)
3. Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) — 191.81 (Skate Canada)
4. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) — 189.62 (Skate America)
5. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 186 (Skate Canada)
6. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 181.75 (Skate Canada)
7. Gracie Gold (USA) — 179.38 (Skate America)
8. Rika Hongo (JPN) — 178 (Rostelecom Cup)
Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova is out with a torn ankle ligament.

U.S. leaders in Grand Prix season
1. Ashley Wagner — 186 (Skate Canada)
2. Gracie Gold — 179.38 (Skate America)
3. Samantha Cesario — 174.58 (Skate America)
4. Courtney Hicks — 174.51 (Skate Canada)
5. Mirai Nagasu — 165.88 (Rostelecom Cup)
6. Polina Edmunds — 161.27 (Cup of China)

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