FSkate - Mihara wins women's singles at Four Continents
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 19, 2017,
Feb 19, 2017, 10:15
The event is serving as a test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and the 2010 Olympic Champions made sure to lay down a marker of intent.
The women's and pairs free skate is on Saturday. Shoma Uno, also of Japan, was third with 288.85. He was the only other skater to surpass the century mark.
Meanwhile, it was a tough day for Canadian star Patrick Chan, who fell on his opening quad toeloop and stumbled on the landing of a triple toeloop to finish in fifth place with 88.46 points after the men's short program. The men's free program is Sunday.
The brand new rink is hosting its first global competition this week in preparation for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Short program leader Gabrielle Daleman of Canada placed second with 196.91 points and American Mirai Nagasu was third with 194.95.
They delivered a strong free dance, collecting a level four for their lifts, the twizzles, the diagonal step sequence and the spin and a level three for the circular step sequence.
Virtue and Moir, the 2008 and 2012 winners, achieved a personal best score of 117.20 points to end with an overall tally of 195.95.
Moir said the goal at the beginning of the year was "just to qualify for this event". We really felt the energy and we're really happy with certain parts of our performance.
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States, the 2016 Four Continents champions, finished second with 191.85 points overall.