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For the second straight week, Russia took home gold in Ladies and Ice Dance at an ISU JGP event.  Boyang Jin (CHN) prevented a Russian sweep by vaulting over short program winner, Alexander Petrov (RUS), with a jam packed technical program, including three quads.



Boyang Jin (CHN) revved up his engine and jumped into first place with the powerful music to Dragon Racing. The 2013 JGP Final winner opened with two quads and a 3Lz+3T combination. Jin executed a 4T and five clean triples after midway in the program and earned over half his 83.28 elements’ mark. The reigning Chinese champion’s 220.17 total score was a personal best.

Alexander Petrov (RUS) outscored Jin in his free skate PCS, but failed to topple the zzzzooming jumper.  He received negative GEO’s for his opening two combinations. The reining Russian Junior silver medalist received level 4 for his three spins, but only Level 2 for the step sequence. Petrov’s short and free program marks and total score of 185.84 were all personal bests. 

Dmitri Aliev (RUS) in his international debut, moved up from fifth in the short program to the bronze medal with a third place free program. Aliev was 35 total points behind the winner.

Shotaro Omori (USA) placed third in the short, but struggled with the 3A and both Lz jumps in the free program. The 2013 World Junior bronze medalist finished fourth.



Serafima Sakhanovich (RUS) launched her free skate with a 3F+3T combination. The 2013 JGP Final silver medalist added a 3F, 3Lz, 3Lo, 2A, and two more combinations including a 3S+3T+2T.  Her three Level 4 spins added to the 20-point lead over her closest competitor.  Sakhanovich scored her personal best in both programs and the Total score (191.96).

Yuka Nagai (JPN) opened her free performance with two combinations3Lz+3T and 3Lz+2, and then faltered on her 3F. The fifteen-year-old landed a 2A+3T+2T combination after the mid-section for 10.07 GOE points.  Nagai’s 164.42 total score won her the silver medal-her first in a JGP event.

Leah Keiser (USA) sat in eighth place after the short program.  The 2012 JGP finalist won the bronze medal with a third place 101.58-point free program. Her total score was 149. 24.



Daria Morozova+Mikhail Zhirnov (RUS) were first after the Short Dance, but placed third in the free and barely held on to win gold by only .24 points. Their outstanding circular step sequence earned a 2.20 GOE score.

Brianna DelMaestro + Timothy Lum (CAN) scored a personal best 84.16 points in the free skate and won the silver medal. The Canadian Junior bronze medalists scored 1.76 for each of their step sequences – the highest total of all couples. Their 131.30 total score was also a personal best.

Holly Moore + Daniel Klaber (USA) won the free dance and the bronze medal.  The team earned Level 4 for their twizzles, straight-line lift, and combination spin.  The serpentine step sequence was rewarded with a 1.32 GOE and the diagonal step sequence with 1.76 GOE.  The Addams Family free dance (82.72) and total scores (129.26) were personal bests.

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