Manzano eighth in Skate America
Article courtesy of The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia
Sunday, October 24, 2004

Miriam Manzano has finished in eighth place in Skate America, the opening event of the International Skating Union Grand Prix series.

Manzano was in seventh position after the short program, separating world championship top 12 place-getters, Elena Liashenko, of the Ukraine, and Susanna Poykio, of Finland.

But Poykio skated superbly to take first place in the free program, climbing above Manzano on the overall placings and relegating the Australian to eighth place.

The event was won by United States skater Angela Nikodinov, from Canadian Cynthia Phaneuf and Japan's Miki Ando. Ando, the world junior champion, led the event after the short program, but slumped to sixth place in the free skate.