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Medvedeva routs field at Ondrej Nepela Trophy

Kolyada rises from 10th to win men's gold; Russians triumph in ice dance
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Evgenia Medvedeva was simply too much to handle in Bratislava, as she dominated the competition on her way to earning another Ondrej Nepela Trophy gold medal. -Getty Images

Evgenia Medvedeva earned her first title of the season with another stellar display of skating Saturday at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava, Slovakia. Teammate Mikhail Kolyada delivered a solid free skate of his own to capture the men's crownwhile Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev repeated as ice dance champions.


Medvedeva held a near 14-point advantage entering the free skate, and after earning an additional 146.72 points for her performance Saturday, the Russian was able to depart Bratislava with her second Nepela title in three years.

With the help of a triple flip-triple toe combination, as well as a triple flip-double toe-double toe, the two-time reigning world champion separated herself from the pack with an event total of 226.72.

Japan's Rika Hongo finished second in both segments, enabling her to grab the silver medal with 189.98 points, while Russia's Elena Radionova rounded out the top three with a total mark of 182.21.

American Caroline Zhang, who was seventh after the free skate, ended her visit to Slovakia sixth in the final standings with 167.95 points.


Kolyada, who ended the short program in 10th, climbed back up the standings with a rousing free skate to a trio of songs by Elvis Presley.

The Russian was awarded 15.60 points for his quadruple lutz, and the triple lutz-loop-triple salchow he landed later in his program yielded an additional 13.39 points. He finished the free skate with 181.16 points, helping to elevate his event total to 247.81.

Overnight leader Sergei Voronov slipped to second in the free skate, and the 29-year-old -- who tallied 153.22 points in the segment and 234.07 overall -- was forced to settle for the silver medal.

Australia's Brendan Kerry sat fifth entering the day but was able to lock up the bronze after collecting 146.50 points for his "Valley of Dreams" program. His overall total of 221.21 points left him comfortably ahead of American Grant Hochstein, who finished fourth overall after tumbling to sixth in the free skate.

Ice Dance

Bobrova and Soloviev delivered a sound free dance to claim their second straight Nepela crown. Their segment score of 110.84 was nearly 10 points higher than that of their closest competitors, and their event total of 181.92 left the Russians more than 18 points ahead of the rest of the field.

Finishing second was the American team of Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons. The siblings, who sat second after the short dance, captured the silver medal despite dropping to third in the free.

Russia's Betina Popova and Sergei Mozgov won the bronze medal, finishing just 1.22 points ahead of the Parsons.