Team USA clinched the first ISU World Team Trophy with a resounding victory over their European and Asian counterparts. The team scored a combined total of 60 points over second place finishers, Team Canada who racked up 54 points. Team Japan (50) skated into third while France (37), Russia (35) and China (34) finished fourth to sixth.
The total prize money awarded at the event was $1 million (U.S.) with the Americans cashing in to the tune of $250,000.
On the final day of competition, Caroline Zhang and Rachael Flatt put down strong performances to keep Team USA in the lead.
Zhang, a three-time World Juinior medalist, earned a personal best score of 116.80 points and claimed the bronze medal with 175.68 points.
Flatt nailed six triples, but as in the short program her triple flip-triple toe was downgraded. She scored 171.81 points.
In the pairs event, Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett dropped from third to fourth with 158.24 points.
“I’ve said this whole week I’m very proud of my team. They did a wonderful job. I think this is going to be a very memorable competition for everyone who participated, because it was the first of hopefully many,” team captain Evan Lysacek said following the competition.
“I think it was very successful, above and beyond any team’s or any person’s performance. I think we are all proud and all impressed with level of competition that was brought here to Tokyo after the World Championships concluding just two weeks ago. It was a great testament to the importance of this competition and obviously we thank the ISU and Japan for hosting it.”
Joannie Rochette continued her medal streak by claiming silver in the ladies event. The reigning World silver medalist put down a strong performance landing five clean triples and strong spins two of which were graded a level four. Rochette earned 120.08 points. Cynthia Phaneuf placed seventh (135.65).
Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison pulled up to third in the pairs event with 164.12 points overall.
“It has been a fantastic week. The Canadian team is very happy. It was difficult for us trying to keep up with the American team, but we’re looking forward to the next World Team Trophy and try to catch them maybe,” team captain Scott Moir said.
“It has been fantastic skating from everyone. The American team obviously really delivered this week, so hats off to them. There were some amazing performances from the Japanese skaters that we’ll never forget. The Canadians are just extremely pleased to be in the mix and had some personal bests as well,” he added.
Mao Asada, the last skater of the competition, gave a spectacular performance to claim victory in the woman’s event. The 2008 World Champion landed a beautiful triple Axel and a series of solid jumping passes and spins but her second triple Axel and a second flip were downgraded.
Asada scored 126.03 points and accumulated a new personal best total score of 201.87. ”I felt really comfortable for both my short and long program this time,” she said. “I think I gave a 100 percent and I achieved more than 200 points, which was nice. The second triple Axel was downgraded, so I need to work on that. Overall I’m satisfied with this competition.”
Miki Ando slipped to fifth place after popping her planned quadruple Salchow into a double and falling on it. The 2009 World bronze medalist also singled a Lutz, but landed four triples and earned 167.52 points.
Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran produced a season’s best performance and finished sixth in the pairs event (125.91).
“I’m very proud of my team. I am very pleased to have been captain of this team,” Nobunari Oda said. “The schedule was really difficult for everyone, but everybody knew how to warm up and to get ready. I don’t think there is anything to improve (for this event).”
Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang floated to victory in the pairs event. The 2009 World silver medalists turned in a strong performance and established a new season best tally of 123.40 points for the long program. They earned 193.82 points overall.
“We are very satisfied with the result even we did some small mistakes. But these were just small mistakes,” Dan Zhang said. “Overall we are very happy with the result and our performance. Especially since we have been really busy and we are tired. In the busiest period we had one competition per week.”
Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov finished second in the pairs event with 185.15 points.
1 Evan LYSACEK USA 238.56
2 Brian JOUBERT FRA 237.09
3 Nobunari ODA JPN 229.25
4 Patrick CHAN CAN 217.98
5 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 205.05
6 Vaughn CHIPEUR CAN 198.91
7 Sergei VORONOV RUS 196.70
8 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 190.93
9 Jialiang WU CHN 183.86
10 Florent AMODIO FRA 182.32
11 Chao YANG CHN 177.94
12 Konstantin MENSHOV RUS 165.21
1 Mao ASADA JPN 201.87
2 Joannie ROCHETTE CAN 182.16
3 Caroline ZHANG USA 175.68
4 Rachael FLATT USA 171.81
5 Miki ANDO JPN 167.52
6 Alena LEONOVA RUS 161.40
7 Cynthia PHANEUF CAN 135.65
8 Yan LIU CHN 135.41
9 Binshu XU CHN 133.26
10 Candice DIDIER FRA 126.46
11 Gwendoline DIDIER FRA 113.87
12 Katarina GERBOLDT RUS 112.03
1 Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG CHN 193.82
2 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 185.15
3 Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON CAN 164.12
4 Caydee DENNEY / Jeremy BARRETT USA 158.24
5 Vanessa JAMES / Yannick BONHEUR FRA 128.79
6 Narumi TAKAHASHI / Mervin TRAN JPN 125.91
1 Tanith BELBIN / Benjamin AGOSTO USA 162.98
2 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR CAN 156.71
3 Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT FRA 150.63
4 Jana KHOKHLOVA / Sergei NOVITSKI RUS 149.45
5 Cathy REED / Chris REED JPN 120.23
6 Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENG CHN 110.40