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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, January 30, 2010

Figure skating: Rippon of U.S. grabs Four Continents title

Associated Press

JEONJU, South Korea World junior champion Adam Rippon of the United States surged from seventh to first place with a strong free skate Saturday to win the men's Four Continents figure skating title.

Tatsuki Machida of Japan claimed the silver with a solid performance that lifted him from sixth place. Kevin Reynolds of Canada, the leader after the short program and the bronze medalist at Canada's nationals, dropped to third place overall.

Two more Americans rounded out the top five, with Brandon Mroz finishing fourth and Ryan Bradley the bronze medalist at Skate America putting together the third-best free skate to move up from eighth overall.