Czisny edges Kostner for women's gold
Alissa Czisny edged Italy's Carolina Kostner by 0.13 points to win the women's title at Skate America on Sunday even though the American fell on one of her seven triple jumps.
Czisny totalled 177.48 points in her first appearance at the event since 2005, when she finished second. She won the short program Saturday by nearly four points over Kostner.
Kostner, third last year, took the silver at 177.35.
Viktoria Helgesson of Sweden, fifth after the short, earned the bronze at 145.75. Skating to Sunset Boulevard, she fell on a triple lutz, skipped a triple flip and touched a hand down on a triple salchow.
Skating last to a dour classical piece, Czisny packed her program with seven triples, which along with Ksenia Makarova of Russia, was the most of any woman. The American opened with a triple-triple combination before falling on her second jump, a triple flip.
Two of Czisny's other triples weren't perfect either, while Kostner tossed in some extra jumps and her routine to Mozart won the free skate.
American Caroline Zhang, third after the short, had a disastrous outing, falling three times to end up sixth. She stumbled out of her opening triple, giving her no chance to complete the combination with a double toeloop.