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Monday, November 15, 2010
Kanako Murakami charms at Skate America

By ESPN.com news services

Japan's Kanako Murakami won the gold medal at Skate America with a final score of 164.93 to put her in front of American Rachael Flatt (162.86). Japan's Daisuke Takahashi overcame a fall and some shaky landings to win the men's free skate.

In the pairs competition, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany nailed the opening throw of their free skate and skated toward the gold medal from there. And Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White tangoed their way to the gold medal in the ice dance competition.

Kanako MurakamiMatthew Stockman/Getty ImagesKanako Murakami earned a trip to the Grand Prix final in Beijing with her first senior Grand Prix title.

 

Rachael FlattGabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty ImagesAmerican Rachael Flatt, with a striking red costume, wowed with her flapper-esque routine, nailing all her jumps for a standing ovation from the Rose Garden crowd.

 

Kanako MurakamiGabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images"I wasn't even expecting to be here. And I didn't expect to be in the final of the Grand Prix, so I'm very shocked and surprised," Kanako Murakami said after winning.

 

Daisuke TakahashiGabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty ImagesJapan's Daisuke Takahashi, the reigning world champion and bronze medalist in the Vancouver Games, rebounded from his errors with sheer artistry for a final score of 227.07.

 

MahbanoozadehGabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty ImagesAmerican Armin Mahbanoozadeh landed two triple axels to music from "Avatar" for the bronze.

 

Savchenko/SzolkowyGabriel Bouys/Getty ImagesGermany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won the gold medal in the pairs competition.

 

Meryl Davis, Charlie WhiteGabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty ImagesAmericans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, silver medalists at the Vancouver Olympics, both fell during complicated footwork in the free skate but earned a final overall score of 156.68.