Ryan St. Onge, of Winter Park, Colorado won the event last night! I was able to get close enough to take these pictures, but couldn't go closer and actually watch. (Prior commitments with the kids -- otherwise I could have. Plus admission was free!) A ski jump was built out of scaffolding behind the university for the event; they didn't use the ski jump that famously dominates Sparrow Hills.
I insisted they let me go and at least take some quick pictures of the scene... It's stunning to see the ski jump lit up with Moscow State University in the backdrop! Earlier in the week you could see it at night from the city's center -- illuminated up on Sparrow Hills. I took pictures then, but not with my Nikon, so they didn't come out.
I wish we could have been there cheering loudly, with a large "Go Team USA" banner! We attended the World Figure Skating Championships in 1995 and we were the only fans with a huge USA sign. The US skaters all noticed it, smiled and waved vigorously -- especially Sasha Cohen and Evan Lysacek.
Thanks to one reader for recommending this video of the event: