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Team USA celebrates its victory at the 2013 World Team Trophy.


SPIRIT AMERICAN


U.S. RISES UP TO CLAIM WORLD TEAM TROPHY


by RENEE FELTON Chants of “USA! USA! USA!” are typically


reserved for World Cup qualifying matches and Olympic gold medal hockey games, but elite figure skating joined the patriotic club as Team USA earned the gold medal at the 2013 ISU World Team Trophy April 11‒14 in Tokyo. “It’s unlike any other competition I’ve ex-


Two-time reigning U.S.


titlist Ashley Wagner nails one of the big jumps in her free skate. Wagner won the silver medal and big points for the U.S.


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perienced ever, in a good way,” ice dancer Evan Bates said. “Te atmosphere is infectiously fun. It’s not like a normal skating competition in the way that everyone is cheering for each other. Ev- eryone is happy to be here and going through


their programs one last time for the fans. It’s the last hurrah.” Team spirit was at an all-time high as the six best national figure skating teams from the 2012‒13 season competed at Yogogi Arena. Each team, composed of two ladies, two men, one pair and one ice dancing couple, received points based on their individual performances. For ex- ample, Madison Chock and Bates won the ice dance event to generate 12 points toward Team USA’s total, while Ashley Wagner garnered 11 points for her second-place showing in the ladies event.


With 57 team points, Team USA won their


second World Team Trophy title. Teir first gold came in 2009, with a silver-medal finish last year. Team Canada won the silver medal with 51 points and Team Japan tallied 49 points and the bronze despite not having a pairs entry. “I couldn’t be more proud of Team USA,”


Wagner said. “Everyone went out and skated with their hearts and really pulled it together. “It’s not easy to compete at the end of the season and a few weeks after Worlds, but here we are and everyone skated so well.” Team USA also included Gracie Gold, Max


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