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Haven Denney And Brandon Frazier Earn Second Grand Prix Medal Of 2019-20 With Third Place In France

By Karen Price | Nov. 02, 2019, 6 p.m. (ET)

Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier compete at the Internationaux de France on Nov. 1, 2019 in Grenoble, France.


You couldn’t blame Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier if they left the arena in Grenoble, France, singing “Hakuna Matata” after Saturday’s performance in the Internationaux de France. 

The pairs duo won their second Grand Prix medal of the season, taking the bronze medal after their free skate to music from “The Lion King.”

After placing third at Skate America, Denney and Frazier came back in France with a showing in the short program that put them in third place behind Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin and Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov, both of Russia. 

And not far behind Denney and Frazier were teammates Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc. 

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In the free program, Denney and Frazier made few mistakes, had strong lifts and scored a personal best 130.75, second only to Mishina and Galliamov, and the performance was strong enough to give them a total score of 199.40 for the third spot on the podium. The total beat their previous best of 192.70 at Skate America.

There wasn’t much separation between the two Russian pairs at the top, with Mishina and Galliamov using the free skate program to take the gold with 207.58 points and Pavliuchenko and Khodykin taking the silver medal with 206.56 points. 

Cain-Gribble and LeDuc finished in fourth place with 195.78 points. 

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