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Yevgenia Medvedeva leads after short program at Autumn Classic

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Olympic silver medalist and two-time world champion Yevgenia Medvedeva leads after Thursday’s short program at her season opener, the Autumn Classic International. In her first competition since moving to Toronto to train under Brian Orser, Medvedeva scored 70.89 points.

Olympic team event bronze medalist Bradie Tennell sits in second place heading into Friday’s free skate with 69.26 points. Tennell, the reigning U.S. national champion, was joined by countrywoman Starr Andrews in Ontario. Andrews scored 56.70 points and finished fifth in the short program.

France’s Mae Berenice Meite rounds out the top three with 58.23 points.

Earlier on Thursday, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres from France scored 73.81 points to build their lead over the pairs’ field. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro from Canada were second with 64.73 points, followed by the two American teams: Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier (61.91) and Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson (50.25), who competed internationally as new partners for the first time.

Competition at the Autumn Classic continues this weekend. Friday features the rhythm dance, men’s short program, and the pairs’ and ladies’ free skates. Saturday concludes competition with the free dance and men’s free skate. The event will stream live on Skate Canada’s Dailymotion page.

Elsewhere in the world of figure skating this weekend, Rika Kihira took the ladies’ short program at the Nepela Trophy in Bratislava. The reigning world junior champion attempted her triple Axel to open her “Clair de Lune” program but fell and was awarded -5 Grades of Execution across the board. She tallied 70.79 points and leads Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbaeva by just 0.8 points. Russian Stanislava Konstantinova is third with 65.03 points.

Russian men lead the field after the short program in Bratislava. Mikhail Kolyada scored 96.82 points while Sergei Voronov earned 81.77 points. Japan’s Keiji Tanaka currently sits third with 77.53 points.

Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc have a three-point lead on the pairs’ field after the short program with 65.68 points. Deanna Stellato and Nathan Bartholomay, the other Americans in the field, are third with 59.60 points in their first competition of the season.

Competition continues at the Nepela Trophy this weekend with the rhythm dance and pairs’ free skate on Friday and the ladies’ free skate, free dance, and men’s free skate on Saturday.

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Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova delays season opener by one week

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PyeongChang gold medalist Alina Zagitova planned to open the 2018-19 season by competing this weekend at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava, Slovakia.

However, she withdrew from the competition due to issues with her travel documents, according to the Russian Skating Federation.

Instead she is slated to compete in next weekend’s Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany. She’ll be a heavy favorite in Germany; her biggest threat is Japan’s Mai Mihara, who won a silver medal at the 2018 Four Continents. Both events are part of the International Skating Union’s Challenger Series, one set of competitions lower than the Grand Prix Series.

Zagitova is also schedule to compete on the Grand Prix Series. She was assigned to events in Helsinki and Moscow in November.

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Adam Rippon donates Olympic costume to Smithsonian

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Adam Rippon announced on Twitter on Monday that the skating costume he wore at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will be donated to the Smithsonian museum.

The costume, consisting of a bejeweled shirt, pants, and even his skates, will be on display “soon” at the National Museum of American History, according to Rippon’s post.

The blades of his boots are engraved with his name. Rippon actually wore three costumes in PyeongChang: his short program costume, plus his individual and team event free skate costumes. They were similar, but it’s the individual free skate costume going to the museum. He won bronze with Team USA wearing the team event costume. In the individual event, Rippon finished 10th.