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FIGURE SKATING | US Runs Away with World Team Trophy Title

The Americans earned a 25-point margin of victory in the World Team Trophy, doing well in most categories and topped by a great performance in pairs.



World Team Trophy
From left, skaters from South Korea, the United States and Japan display their World Team Trophy medals after the competition wrapped up on April 15 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. (KYODO)

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A stellar performance by pairs Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier helped the United States score a runaway victory in the World Team Trophy at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Saturday, April 15. 

The Americans topped the podium with a total of 120 points, outdistancing second-place South Korea (95) by 25 points.

Japan missed out on second place by a single point, finishing with a tally of 94. Italy was fourth with 83, France fifth at 80 and Canada sixth on 68.

The triumph was the fifth for the US in the biennial event that has now been held eight times. Japan has won twice, while Russia was victorious once.

Team USA skaters pose for photos after winning the World Team Trophy. (Toru Hanai/ISU/via GETTY IMAGES)

World silver medalists Knierim and Frazier topped world champions Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara for the second straight day, winning the free skate with a score of 147.87 points.

Miura and Kihara took second with 143.69, while Italy's Sara Conti and Niccolo Macii came in third on 130.22.

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Author: Jack Gallagher

The author is a veteran sports journalist and one of the world's foremost figure skating experts. Find articles and podcasts by Jack on his author page, and find him on Twitter @sportsjapan.

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