Maia, Alex Shibutani win ice dance event at NHK Trophy to qualify for Grand Prix Final

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NAGANO, Japan — Maia and Alex Shibutani of the United States won the ice dance competition at the NHK Trophy on Sunday to book a place in figure skating's Grand Prix Final.

The Shibutanis held on to their lead from the short dance and won with 174.43 points. Russian skaters Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev moved up from third place after the short program to claim second with 169.33 points.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States were third with 167.49 points.

All three duos qualified for the GP Final in Barcelona from Dec. 10-13.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada previously qualified, as well as Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Italy's Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte.

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