The Germans were also returning from Savchenko's ankle injury and Massot's back problem which forced them out of the Grand Prix final and nationals.
But their presentation to Patrick Watson's "Lighthouse" was not without error with Savchenko two-footing the landing of two of her jumps.
''Thanks to that I was able to give an almost perfect performance today.
The result of this competition gives me confidence to challenge myself to give two perfect performances in Pyeongchang.''Jin's routine included a huge quadruple lutz, quad salchow, a quad toe-double toe and a quad toe.
And errors and a fall by Duhamel in their free skate to the music "Non, je ne regrette rien" ended their bid for a third consecutive title.- Fernandez triple -Earlier, Spain's Javier Fernandez hit two quadruple jumps to get his bid for a third straight men's title off the mark as Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu trailed in fifth.''But the good part was that I kept calm and finished the program nicely.I didn't do my best today, but I still think the practice was not a waste.The only glitch came when the two-time World bronze medalist stumbled on a triple lutz-double toe combination.Japan's Shoma Uno, first after the short program, scored 197.45 points and totaled 297.94 to slip to second.''Unfortunately I missed my quad flip,'' Uno said.Both of her middle names pay homage to her Chinese-Hawaiian heritage, from her father’s side.3.From 2000 to 2011, Evan skated with Emily Samuelson.Skating to Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" the Chinese scored a personal best 150.83 points for their free skate and 232.06 overall, winning by a margin of just 1.76 points on Savchenko and Massot."It was a very moving performance and I think the audience could feel our emotion and our story in this programme," said 24-year-old Han.The pair from Harbin have been on the comeback trail after 21-year-old Sui underwent surgery on both her feet early last year."We have been through many, many difficult things. Sui revealed that the months of doubt had changed her life.The 25-year-old and 28-year-old skaters placed 8th in Sochi in 2014 (Bates also competed in in Vancouver in 2010 with his previous skating partner). (Both now train in Michigan.) During his first time in an ice show when he was five, Bates recalls that he was “dressed as a leprechaun” and that he “wet myself, right down my green pants.” Madison meanwhile, well just look at this photo: 2.Chock and Bates, who first started performing as a pair in 2011, are ready to show their stuff again, especially following strong performances (and medal wins! Madison’s full name is Madison La'akea Te-Lan Hall Chock.