Green and Parsons win Four Continents ice dance title

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Kao Miura of Japan performs in the men’s short program during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Sergei Stepanov)

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Caroline Green and Michael Parsons of the United States won the ice dance title at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on Friday, while Cha Jun-hwan of South Korea took the lead in the men’s short program .

Green and Parsons had the lead in Thursday’s rhythm dance and extended it into the free dance to score a total of 200.59 points for what was the biggest win of their careers together.

This continued a streak of four straight U.S. gold medals in ice dancing at Four Continents since 2018. There was no competition last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Daisuke Takahashi, a former men’s single skating world champion, won his first major ice dance medal with partner Kana Muramoto, winning the silver medal with 181.91. Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko of the US, were third at 175.67.

Cha is on course to claim South Korea’s first Four Continents men’s medal after landing a quadruple salchow en route to a score of 98.96 to take first place in the short program ahead of two Japanese skaters. Kazuki Tomono landed two quads and is second at 97.10. Kao Miura is third in 88.37.

Cha is one of the few competitors from Four Continents who is slated to skate in the Olympics next month. With the coronavirus being a concern for teams, Canada, the United States and Japan have all sent skaters who were not on their Olympic rosters.

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