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Adams picks up second U.S. crown in three years

Veteran skater holds off Hinojos for gold; Peier brings home ladies title
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Mark Adams turned in a solid performance Saturday on his way to winning the adult championship silver men's gold medal. -Jay Adeff

Mark Adams (Washington FSC) gave himself the perfect present for his 59th birthday: a second championship silver men's title in three years.

Competing at his 21st consecutive U.S. Adult Championships, Adams breezed through his self-choreographed program to "The Chase" from the BBC Sci-Fi series Torchwood.

He finished with 26.11 points to bring home the gold.

"When I first heard it, I just kind of heard a flamenco beat to it," said Adams, a retired marketing executive who first competed at this competition in 1998. "That's how I started choreographing it."

After taking a year off from the season-ending competition, Tucson, Arizona, resident Jose Hinojos (SC of Nevada) returned to claim the silver medal with 25.51 points.

"I had some little oop-sies, but I am happy with the performance," Hinojos said.

For the last decade, Hinojos has traveled five hours round-trip from Tucson to Phoenix every Friday to skate in morning and afternoon sessions before driving home because Tucson doesn't have a nearby rink.

Ken Nguyen (Red Rose FSC) won the bronze medal with 24.05 points, with Adam Duane Hudson (Birmingham FSC) capturing the pewter with a score of 23.81.

Adult Championship Silver Ladies

Elisabeth Peier (Figure Skating Club of Southern California) landed two axels en route to claiming the championship silver ladies title Saturday night in Marlborough.

"The axel is new to me; I just got it in the fall," said Peier, noting that this year's competition was far different for her than last year's skate. "I competed last year for the first time and it was perhaps my worst skate ever."

Not so this time around, as Peier finished with a score of 28.71.

In her debut performance at this event, Leslie Duskin (Skating Club of San Francisco) won the silver with a score of 26.95. Dusking -- who performed to "Dancing on the Berlin Wall" -- landed an axel, but her combination spin was the element that highlighted her program.

"It was such a great experience," Duskin said. "The warm support of all the fellow competitors was fantastic. I am most grateful to my family, especially my husband who stayed home with the kids so I could do this."

Bonnie Goranowski (Starlight Ice Dance Club) won the bronze 26.62 points, while Anne Martin (Nittany Valley Figure Skating Club) claimed pewter with a score of 26.19.