Patrick Chan, Yevgenia Medvedeva lead world champions sweep of Skate Canada

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian star Patrick Chan overcame a fall to win Skate Canada International on Saturday night.

The three-time world champion’s ambitious new program included three quad jumps. He landed the first, fell on the second, and turned the third into a triple, but held on to win with 266.95 points. Full results are here.

“Good that I committed to it and rotated it. That was one of my fears going in, I was hoping I would still commit and attack it, and I did,” Chan said. “I hung on, and I know it won’t be this generous later in the season. It’s nice but I’m also not celebrating, because I know this was a lucky strike.”

Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan was second, and Canada’s Kevin Reynolds finished third.

World champion Yevgenia Medvedeva of Russia won the women’s title in the afternoon with 220.65 points.

The leader after the short program easily outdistanced Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond, who got 206.45 points, a career best. Japan’s Satoko Miyahara was third at 192.08 points.

American Mirai Nagasu finished 11th and last.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the ice dance title in their first major international event since the Sochi Olympics, and Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford overcame a nasty fall to win the pairs title.

The Grand Prix series continues this week with the third of six Grand Prix Final qualifying events, Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, featuring world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain and 2015 Skate America winner Max Aaron. NBCSN will have coverage Sunday from 10-11:30 p.m. ET.

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Helen Maroulis to miss world championships, eyes still on defending Olympic title

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Helen Maroulis, the lone U.S. female wrestler to win an Olympic title, sat out this past weekend’s world team trials, which means she will not compete at the world championships in September.

Maroulis is working her way back from blowing out her right shoulder in a first-round loss at worlds on Oct. 24, after she returned from a concussion. She underwent surgery in November and was cleared to return earlier this spring before tweaking the shoulder again.

Maroulis said Friday she was cleared again to compete at trials but chose rest, recovery and her long-term health given what happened in 2018.

“It’s not coming from a place of fear,” she said. “I’m just not ready yet.

“If trials were end of June, everything would be perfect. I’m still feeling good and confident for 2020.”

As Maroulis stressed at 2018 Worlds, she prioritizes health over wrestling.

“Not just for myself, but to set an example because I get a lot of messages from kids on Instagram — I have a concussion, or my teammate has a concussion.” Maroulis said in October. “There’s this wrestler mindset to just push through — you’re the toughest, find a way to win. But there’s just a lot more to it.”

Maroulis, 27, put together one of the most dominant stretches in sport from 2015-17, going 78-1 overall among three different weight classes and going unscored upon at two world championships.

In between, she beat Saori Yoshida in the Rio Olympic 53kg final, preventing the Japanese legend from a record fourth Olympic title.

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Ex-partner of deceased figure skater John Coughlin says she was abused

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of the former skating partners of two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin has accused him in a series of social media posts of sexually assaulting her over a 2-year period.

Bridget Namiotka said on Facebook that Coughlin, who died by suicide in January, hurt “at least 10 people including me.” She skated with Coughlin from 2004, when she was 14, through the 2007 season.

Namiotka’s attorney confirmed to The Associated Press that the comments were made by her.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport and U.S. Figure Skating had given Coughlin, who became a coach and TV commentator after his retirement, an interim suspension for unspecified conduct. He was barred from attending events and activities sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Coughlin was found dead Jan. 18 at his father’s home in Kansas City, Missouri.