Despite several mistakes in her free skate, Gracie Gold wound up with the first senior Grand Prix medal of her career Saturday in Moscow.
Gold, who had a small lead after the short program, finished second in both the free skate and overall to Finland’s Kiira Korpi, the reigning European Championships silver medalist.
"There were a lot of flaws and there is room to improve," Gold said. "(But) getting a medal here was a big confidence boost, (because I was) feeling insecure and no confidence after Skate Canada.
"I'm really looking forward to improving in the future and competing with the high level skaters, to get the best in the world to push me."
Korpi, who fell on one jump, won the Rostelecom Cup with 177.19 points to 175.03 for Gold and 166.61 for third-place Agnes Zawadzki of the United States.
Gold, 17, who trains in suburban Chicago, doubled two planned triple jumps and had negative grades of execution on three elements. Once again, she was penalized for wrong edge takeoffs on her triple flip jumps.
Three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir’s comeback took a hit when he withdrew from the men’s event with a hip injury.
This was the first Grand Prix event since 2009 for Weir. He finished dead last in the short program, a performance that led him to tweet, “I’m sorry.”
Two-time reigning world champion Patrick Chan of Canada was a runaway winner in the men’s event (262.35) despite doubling two triple jumps. The top U.S. man, Richard Dornbush (6th), was far in arrears with 210.89.
It has been a dismal season for U.S. men. After four of six Grand Prix events, the best finish is a fourth by Adam Rippon.