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“The program felt very methodical,” Chan said. “I didn’t give it more energy than it needed. I told myself to relax and not try and rush through the program.
“Even the fall during the quad Salchow I made sure I didn’t panic and just continued to do the program as I did at home and forget about the mistake.”
Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond — who was the leader after the ladies short program — finished second overall with 196 points after placing third in the free skate.
“I started the program really strong,” Osmond said. “Then I did two mistakes that were really uncharacteristic for me. That’s something I just have to work on leading into the next big competitions. I need to keep my focus a little bit longer even if the program is going really well.”
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, also from Russia, was third.
Ashley Wagner of the United States, the 2016 world silver medalist, finished sixth, one place ahead of compatriot Karen Chen.
“This season is all about building,” Weaver said. “There are many new things for us. We are learning from the beginning and that takes time and it’s not always an instantaneous result. Everything can get better even though we didn’t make any major mistakes.”
The Russian pair of Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin were third with a combined score of 177.41
China’s Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang (203.76) struck gold, while their compatriots Cheng Peng and Yang Jin (197.96) skated to silver.
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