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10/22/2016 19:28 EDT | Updated 10/23/2017 01:12 EDT

Canadians Seguin, Bilodeau take gold medal in pairs at Skate America

CHICAGO — Canadians Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau won the gold medal in pairs on Saturday at Skate America, the first stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Seguin and Bilodeau were the first skaters in the final flight and saw their score of 197.31 go unbeaten by the following three couples. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier of the United States were second at 192.65 and Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia third at 185.94.

''Our long program was really good,'' said Seguin, of Longueuil, Que. ''It was at the level that we wanted. We delivered a strong performance and we were confident throughout the program. We are proud of ourselves.''

In women's competition, Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., finished fourth at 186.63. Americans were 1-2 with Ashley Wagner earning the gold at 196.44 and Mariah Bell the silver at 191.59. Mai Mihara of Japan was third at 189.28.

Daleman landed a triple-toe, triple-toe combination to open her free program and produced a strong finish landing several jumps. Her only mishap was a fall on a triple Lutz.

"I'm very happy with how it went," said Daleman. "I never gave up on the program and it was a great experience. I'm going to take away what I learned today, go home, work really hard only and come back stronger in my next event in two weeks."

In men's competition, Shoma Uno of Japan was first after the short program with 89.15 points. Adam Rippon of the U.S. followed at 87.32 and American Jason Brown was third at 85.75. Nam Nguyen of Toronto produced a clean program, which included a quad Salchow-triple to combo and a triple Axel, to sit fourth with a personal best 79.62.

"I felt pretty good out there," said Nguyen. "I was relaxed and I just wanted to be comfortable to relax in front of the audience and that's exactly what I did."