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Amanda Dobbs in second place at Four Continents championship

January 27, 2010 | 10:01 am

Dobbs American Amanda Dobbs, who finished sixth at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships over the weekend, is in second place at the Four Continents championship in South Korea following a solid performance in the women's short program earlier today.

Dobbs landed a triple-double combination and a triple salchow early in her performance as she finished ahead of 2008 world champion Mao Asada of Japan, who is in third.

Japan's Akiko Suzuki, who landed a beautifully executed triple axel, leads heading into Friday's free skate. Still, things didn't go as planned for Suzuki.

"I missed the triple loop and changed it to a single loop, so I wasn't satisfied with the performance," she told the Associated Press.

Two-time American pairs champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker are also in second place just days after following a disappointing performance at the U.S. championships. Favorites Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao of China lead after the short program.

-- Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Amanda Dobbs performs at the Four Continents championship on Wednesday. Credit: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press