Former world junior champions Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker led a strong contingent of American ice dancers with a gold medal and Team USA’s first medal of the Four Continents Championships on Thursday in Taipei City.

Their win continues a string of success for American ice dancers at Four Continents. It is the 11th gold medal by a U.S. dance team at 20 Four Continents events, and Hawayek and Baker are the sixth U.S. dance team to take the title.

Skating to “Liebestraum,” composed and edited by Maxime Rodriguez, Hawayek, 21, from Buffalo, New York, and Baker, 24, from Edmunds, Washington, scored a personal best 105.21 in the free dance for a total of 174.29 points, earning big points for their footwork and lifts…. read more here

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