(12/12/15) - The United States took home four medals from the 2015 Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix Final. The event was held Dec. 10-13 in Barcelona, Spain.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates won their second consecutive Grand Prix Final silver medal with a total score of 177.55 points. Their reworked free dance earned a season-high 105.91 points. Maia and Alex Shibutani finished just off the podium in fourth place. Alex skated despite battling a stomach illness throughout the previous night and all day. In their Grand Prix debut, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue finished sixth.
Team USA notched two first-place finishes in the junior segments with Nathan Chen and Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter becoming Junior Grand Prix Final champions. Rachel and Michael Parsons also secured the bronze medal for Team USA, while Vincent Zhou placed fourth.
Ashley Wagner rebounded after a poor short program to set a personal-best free skate score by nearly eight points. Her free mark of 139.77 helped her to a total score of 199.81 and fourth place. Gracie Gold finished fifth with 194.79 total points in her first Grand Prix Final.
Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim made their Grand Prix Final debut as the first American pairs team to qualify for this event since 2007. They finished seventh overall.
Also in Barcelona, synchronized skating was competed at the Grand Prix Final for the first time. Team USA’s Haydenettes placed fifth in their first competition of the season, totaling 106.81 points.