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Weaver, Poje top dance field at Finlandia Trophy

Hongo opens slim lead in ladies; Voronov leads men's; Rippon sits third
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Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje finished with 161.67 points on the way to claiming gold by nearly 11 points at the 2015 Finlandia Trophy. -Getty Images

Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje claimed the dance title Saturday, while Japan's Rika Hongo and Russia's Sergei Voronov jumped in front of ladies and men's, respectively, at the 2015 Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland.


Skating to "Icantation" from Cirque Du Soleil, Hongo opened with a triple flip-triple toe combination in which she under-rotated the toe. The Four Continenets bronze medalist earned Level 4's on two spins and a step sequence came away with 65.75 points, 

Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia came away with 62.81 points for her Elvis Presley short. The 2014 world silver medalist's opening triple toe-triple toe was shaky, but she earned Level 4's on all three of her spins and a Level 3 for her step sequence.

Sitting in third place with 56.69 points, Finland's Joshi Helgesson opened with a solid triple lutz but doubled the second jump in her combination (triple toe-double toe). Her spins all earned Level 4's and her step sequence was rated Level 3.

Team USA's Hannah Miller is in medal contention after turning in a 54.49-point short in her season debut.


Voronov, a two-time European medalist, opened up a slim lead over Russian teammate Konstantin Menshov by coming away with 79.06 points for his short to "Butterflies and Hurricanes" by Muse. The Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Final bronze medalist opened with a quadruple toe-triple toe combination, and also landed a triple axel and triple loop.

Menshov, who took home a bronze medal in September at the 2015 Nebelhorn Trophy, opened with a quadruple toe-double toe combination but then followed by falling on a quadruple salchow attempt. He did go on to land a triple axel and sits in second with 76.71 points.

Two-time U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon, who won silver at this event last season, is in third place with 67.55 points. Skating to "Who Wants to Live Forever" by Queen, Rippon fell on his opening quadruple lutz attempt and followed with a shaky triple axel but rebounded with a solid triple flip-double toe combination.

Sitting in sixth place, American Timothy Dolensky is in podium contention with 66.52 points.

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Weaver and Poje's free dance to "On the Nature of Daylight" by Max Richter and "Run" by Ludovico Einaudi earned 96.54 points, helping the reigning Grand Prix champions to a comfortable victory of nearly 11 points. The duo finished with a total score of 161.67 points after coming away with the highest program components score (PCS) (52.31 points) of the segment.

Israel's Isabella Tobias and Ilia Tkachenko skated a clean program for the second day in a row, winning silver with 150.89 total points. Each of their elements earned positive Grades of Execution (GOEs), and all three of their lifts were rated Level 4.

Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen of Denmark earned positive GOEs on all eight of their elements, coming away with 90.86 points in their second-place free to take bronze with a total score of 147.65. Two of the duos lifts earned Level 4 as did one of their spins.

Team USA's Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker finished in fourth place with 132.86 points after struggling with two lifts in their free.