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Canadian ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier won the ISU Grand Prix Espoo on Saturday for their second victory of the season.

Skating to music from the “Evita” soundtrack, the world bronze medallists finished with 219. 49 points in Espoo, Finland  —  their best-ever international score.   Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the U. S. were second (202. 46), while Finland’s Juulia Turkkila plus Matthias Versluis won the bronze (191. 79).

“What worked well this week is how much we trusted our training and trusted each other, ” said Poirier. “We didn’t force anything and really let the skating happen by itself like we know how to do. We are really proud of our performance today. ”

Gilles and Poirier opened the season with a triumph at Skate Canada International last month. They’ll vie for gold at the Grand Prix Final, running from  Dec. 8-11  in Turin, Italy.

WATCH | Gilles, Poirier top podium in Espoo:  

Canada’s Gilles and Poirier earn spot in Grand Prix final with win in Finland

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The Canadian pair cruised to victory by taking the free dance plus assuring themselves a place in the Grand Prix final.

Canadian Madeline Schizas finished fifth in women’s singles with 187. 84 points.

Japan’s Mai Mihara won the gold  with 204. 14, whilst Belgium’s Loena Hendrickx  (197. 41) claimed silver ahead of Japan’s Mana Kawabe (203. 91).

Mihara also captured gold at the  MK John Wilson Trophy earlier this 30 days.

WATCH | Mihara  captures gold:  

Japan’s Mai Mihara skates the best free program at the Espoo Great Prix

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The Japanese skater performed a fantastic routine in the women’s free to grab the top spot in Finland.

Canada’s Keegan Messing finished eighth within the men’s competition in his Fantastic Prix finale. The 30-year-old, who plans to retire after this season, had been fourth after Friday’s short program, but fell badly on his opening quadruple toe-loop, hitting the side of his head on the ice. He scored 205. 02.

American phenom Ilia Malinin captured the gold medal with 278. 39 points  after landing four quads in the free skate. The rising 17-year-old star is one of the favourites to win at the Grand Prix Final.

Japan’s Shun Sato won silver (262. 21), followed by France’s Kevin Aymoz (255. 69).

Malinin won his senior Grand Prix debut in Skate America to begin the growing season before triumphing at Espoo Metro Areena.   Malinin scored 280. 37 from Skate America, which stands as the highest men’s score of the Grand Prix season.

WATCH | Malinin wins men’s competition in Espoo:  

Ilia Malinin lands 4 quads in men’s free to win Grand Prix Finland

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The American put on a dominant display on his way to the title in Espoo.

In the pairs competition, Italy’s Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini  topped the particular podium  with 189. 74 points after posting the best score in both the short program and free skate.

Germany’s Alisa Efimova and Ruben Blommaert  won silver (170. 75), while  Georgia’s Anastasiia Metelkina  and Daniil Parkman took home bronze (166. 56).

WATCH | Ghilardi, Ambrosini win pairs gold:  

Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini top the pairs free field in Finland

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The particular Italian duo put up a personal best while skating to the best score in the sets free program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Espoo.

The  Grand Prix  Espoo  is the sixth and final Grand Prix  of the season. Skaters are assigned to two Grand Prix events, and the top six in each discipline compete in the Great Prix Final. The stop in Finland replaced the Rostelecom Cup, which was stripped from Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, and helped to finalize the field for the annual showdown of the world’s best.

Malinin will try to make it four straight  gold medals for the U. S. at the Grand Tarifs Final following Olympic champion Nathan Chen’s streak of three in a row before the COVID-19 pandemic. He’ll be chased by Daniel Grassl of Italy and a quartet of Japanese: Sato, Shoma Uno, Kao Miura plus Sota Yamamoto.

Fifteen-year-old Isabeau Levito of the U. S. qualified in the women’s event along with Mihara, Hendrickx, Olympic bronze medallist Kaori Sakamoto and Rinka Watanabe of Japan, and Kim Yelim of South Korea.

Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps  will represent Canada within pairs. World champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier and the duo of Emily Chan and Spencer Howe will represent the United States. Ghilardi and Ambrosini also qualified along with Italian teammates Sara Conti and Niccolo Macci, while Riku Miura plus Ryuichi Kihara of Japan  round out the field.

The tightest competitors might come in ice dance, with Gilles and Poirier and fellow Canadians Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen in the field. It will also feature U. S. Olympic teammates Hawayek and  Baker  and Madison Chock and Evan Bates, along with Great Britain’s Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson, and Italians Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri.

The Fantastic Prix Espoo  wraps up  Sunday with the Gala, starting at 7  a. m. ET.   Watch live coverage  on  CBCSports. ca ,   CBC Gem   and  the CBC Sports app for  iOS   and  Android .

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