Madison Chock and Evan Bates earned their second grand prix silver medal when they finished second Saturday at the 2016 Rostelecom Cup in Moscow.
The reigning world championship bronze medalists and 2015 worlds silver medalists opened their season with silver at Skate Canada International last weekend and continued to their early-season success. Chock and Bates led the field after Friday’s short dance, receiving a score of 75.04 for a thin 0.12 advantage over Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev, who earned bronze two weeks prior at Skate America behind two American couples. The advantage did not hold up during Saturday’s free skate, as the Americans could muster only a 107.09 while the Russians won the session with a score of 111.76, giving them a final score of 186.68, 4.55 ahead of Chock and Bates’ 182.13.
The medal is the ninth for the United States as the grand prix season reaches the halfway point, more than half of the 15 won last year by American skaters.
The grand prix series continues with the Trophée de France Nov. 11-13 in Paris, followed by the Cup of China Nov. 18-20 in Beijing and the NHK Trophy Nov. 25-27 in Sapporo, Japan. The Grand Prix Final is set for Dec. 8-11 in Marseilles, France.