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World champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier won the British Grand Prix, becoming the first American duo to win two Grand Prix events in one season and the first American duo to qualify for the Grand Prix Final since 2015.

Knierim and Frazier, leaders after Friday’s short program, totaled 205.85 points after Saturday’s free program. They won by 21.66 over the Italians Sara Conti and Nicolas Macii.

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Knierim and Frazier, who last season became the first American pair to win a world title since 1979, rank second in the world this season with the highest total score. They drag Japanese Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kiharawho tallied 212.02 points at Skate Canada two weeks ago and was not in the British Grand Prix field.

These two pairs are likely to be the favorites in December’s Grand Prix Final, which pits the top six pairs from the six-time Grand Prix series against each other and is often a preview of the March World Championships.

Couples is the discipline that has changed the most since the Olympics. Neither of the top five teams from the Russia and China Games have competed since (Knierim and Frazier finished sixth at the Olympics, the best result for an American pair in 20 years).

All Russian skaters are banned due to the invasion of Ukraine. Zero skaters from China competed in the Grand Prix series in the first four events.

Knierim and Frazier are the only American pair to win a Grand Prix in their own right in the last 16 years. Two other American pairs have won a Grand Prix since the series began in 1995 — Jenni Meno and Todd Sable (coaches of Knierim and Frazier) in 1996 and Rena Inoue and John Baudouin in 2006.

Prior to the start of the Grand Prix series, Kitty Carruthers and Peter Carruthers and Jill Watson and Pierre Oppegard each won several Grand Prix-equivalent events in the 1980s.

Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner are the modern standard for American pairs – three consecutive World Championship medals in the 1970s (bronze, bronze, gold) and five consecutive national titles.

Also Saturday, Daniel Grassl became the first Italian men’s singles skater to win a Grand Prix, beating the Latvian Deniss Vasiljevs by 9.79 points after the leader of the short program Roman Sadovsky of Canada fell to sixth place.

from Japan Mai Mihara led the women’s short program with 72.23 points, edging out the American Isabelle Levito by 0.17 ahead of Sunday’s free skate. Levito, the junior world champion, will likely advance to the Grand Prix Final if she finishes in the top three.

Two-time United States Champion Bradie Tennell fell twice in her short program in her first competition in 18 months and placed 10th out of 12 skaters. Tennell, out all of last season with a foot injury, has missed practice time for the past two months with an ankle injury.

Favorite Italians Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri dominated the rhythm dance with 86.30 points, ahead of the British Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson by .93.

Guignard and Fabbri, who won the French Grand Prix last week, are second in the world this season with the best total score behind the Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirierwhich are not in scope this week.

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