By Karen Price | Oct. 20, 2018, 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc celebrate winning bronze at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Skate America on Oct. 20, 2018 in Everett, Wash

 

American pairs figure skaters Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc are looking to make 2018-19 a breakthrough season, and with a bronze medal at Skate America, they are now well on their way.

After a few mistakes left them in fourth place following the short program on Friday, Cain and LeDuc rebounded in Saturday’s free skate to claim the bronze medal in the first Grand Prix competition of the season in Everett, Washington.

It is the first Grand Prix medal for Cain and LeDuc. 

The duo scored 117.34 in the free skate, performing to music from the “W.E.” soundtrack, to give them a total of 175.06 points. Two Russian pairs were the other medalists, with Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov winning gold with a total score of 204.85 and Alisa Efimova and Alexander Korovin taking silver at 178.98.

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U.S. Olympians Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim finished fourth and Nica Digerness and Danny Neudecker, the third U.S. pair competing, finished sixth. 

This was the third major competition already this year for Cain and LeDuc, who started skating together in 2016. The North Texas-based duo won their first international gold medal at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City in September then added another gold medal later that month at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Slovakia.

Cain and LeDuc were third at U.S. nationals in 2017 and fourth in 2018 and were alternates for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.