Belbin and Agosto Sit in First after Compulsory Dance at 2007 Skate America

(10/27/07) - After day one at Skate America in Reading, Pa., the team of Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto sits in first after the compulsory dance. Evan Lysacek currently occupies the second-place position following the men's short program.

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Belbin and Agosto staked their claim for a possible gold after an outstanding performance at the Sovereign Arena. France's Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat are in second while Italians Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali sit third. Belbin and Agosto's U.S. teammates Meryl Davis & Charlie White and Kimberly Navarro & Brent Bommentre are in fifth and sixth, respectively.

Lysacek came in second in the short program behind Japan's Daisuke Takahashi. The two-time World bronze medalist leads the U.S. team, ahead of Steven Carriere (sixth)and Ryan Bradley (eighth). Canada's Patrick Chan is third.

Canada's Jessice Dube and Bruce Davison hold a slim 60.80-60.32 lead over the Chinese pair of Qing Pang and Jian Tong in pairs. Russia's Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov occupy third. Following the injury-related withdrawal of U.S. pairs team Brooke Castile & Ben Okolski, the remaining two U.S. teams reside in the middle of the field after the short program. In fourth place are Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig, who finished a mere .7 points ahead of teammates MeeRan Trombley & Laureano Ibarra

Skate America continues Saturday with the original dance, pairs free skate, men's free skate and ladies short program.