Flatt took home the silver from last week’s Cup of Russia, a result that moved her up two spots, from No. 12 to No. 10. World No. 1. Italian Carolina Kostner jumped one spot to No. 3 on the strength of her victory at the Cup of Russia, China’s Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang narrowed the gap between themselves and World No. 1 pairs team Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, and Russian ice dancers Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski rose one place to No. 5 following their first Grand Prix Series triumph.
Kostner rebounded from a disappointing fourth-place finish at Skate Canada with a gold-medal performance at the Cup of Russia, leaping her over Canada’s Joannie Rochette and into third place. Flatt’s ascent gives the United States three of the top-10 ladies, along with Kimmie Meissner (No. 6) and Caroline Zhang (No. 8), tying it with Japan for the most ladies skaters ranked in the top 10. Cup of Russia bronze medalist Fumie Suguri of Japan moved up one spot to No. 12. The biggest mover of the week was the U.S.’s Alissa Czisny, who went from No. 20 to No. 15 thanks to her fourth-place finish in Moscow.
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