Japan's Mao Asada wins Grand Prix Final

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From left, Ashley Wagner, of the United States, Asada Mao, and Suzuki Akiko, both of Japan, show off their silver, gold and bronze medals during awarding ceremony at the ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix Final event, at Iceberg stadium in Sochi, Russia, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)


SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Mao Asada of Japan won the Grand Prix Final of figure skating Saturday following a free program that ranged from sprightly to quietly refined.

Ashley Wagner of the United States, who was half a point behind Asada heading into the free skate, fell twice and ended up a distant second. Akiko Suzuki of Japan took the bronze.

In the men's program, world champion Patrick Chan of Canada faces tight competition from two Japanese skaters, Daisuke Takahashi and Yuzuru Hanyu.