Rippon vaults into top 10 of latest world rankings
Four Continents title propels Rippon to No. 10
|Adam Rippon enjoys training with superstar Yu-Na Kim in Toronto. (Getty Images)|
Four Continents champion Mao Asada of Japan remained at No. 2, while silver medalist Akiko Suzuki moved up one spot to No. 6. Caroline Zhang's bronze in Jeonju -- her first medal at a major ISU senior competition -- lifted her three places to No. 14.
Like Zhang, Rippon claimed his first medal at a major ISU senior event last week, pulling up from seventh to first after a career-best free skate. Neither Japanese Tatsuki Machida's silver medal nor Canadian Kevin Reynolds' bronze medal was enough to push them into the top 20. American Brandon Mroz returned to the rankings, at No. 19, after his fourth-place finish at the Four Continents Championships.
Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang of China grabbed their second Four Continents title and, as a result, inched above Russia's Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov into the third spot. Americans Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker earned the silver -- their first medal at the Four Continents Championships -- to move up one place to No. 9, while bronze medalists Meagan Duhamel and Craig Buntin of Canada ascended two positions to No. 11. Japan's Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran entered the rankings at No. 18 courtesy of their fifth-place finish in Korea.
The biggest jump of the week was made by Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who went from No. 20 to No. 12 thanks to their gold-medal-winning performance at the Four Continents Championships. Americans Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell won the bronze, their first medal at any ISU senior competition, an achievement that moved them into the top 20, at No. 18.