EVERETT, Washington – Nam Nguyen of Toronto gained three spots in the overall standings to place sixth in men’s competition on Saturday at Skate America, the first stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

World champion Nathan Chen of the U.S. took the gold, Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic was second and Sergei Voronov of Russia third.

Nguyen produced the sixth best free skate after placing ninth in Friday’s short program. He equals his best career result on the circuit. He opened with a quad Salchow double toe and hung on to his second quad. He also landed a triple Axel but singled his second one.

“It went a lot better today,” said Nguyen. “I was very nervous but I tried to keep my emotions intact. The first two elements were fine and I just tried to keep my composure after that. I just want to carry this momentum into Skate Canada next week.”

Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., also improved from his short program climbing from 12th to 11th with the 10th best free skate.

In pairs, Russia was 1-2 with Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov winning gold and Alisa Efimova and Alexander Korovin the silver. Ashley Cain and Timothy Leduc of the U.S. were third.

Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., remained eighth as they concluded their Grand Prix debut. They were sixth at the world juniors last season.

“We are disappointed with our skates this week,” said Walsh. “We made odd errors and we need to shore that up for Skate Canada.”

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1819/gpusa2018/