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World Junior Figure Skating Championships – Day 4

3 Mar

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Final Standings

Only 13 years old, Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia earned the gold medal, besting silver medalist and U.S. junior champion Gracie Gold by more than 15 points. Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, the 2011 World junior champion, won the bronze medal.

Lipnitskaia, who scored 123.96 for her free skate, capped an unbeaten season with a World junior-record score of 187.05 (breaking the 2005 record set by Japan’s Mao Asada). Gold, 16, had 171.85 points total, while Sotnikova earned 168.45 points.

Skating to “Romeo and Juliet,” Lipnitskaia landed seven triple jumps and earned Level 4  on three spins. She will not be age eligible for the world championships until the 2013-14 season.

Gold, skating to soundtracks from “The Mission” and “The Untouchables,” opened with a solid triple Lutz-triple toe, followed by a double Axel-triple toe.  Her strong spins, a triple flip, a second triple Lutz and a triple Salchow helped earn a personal-best free-skate score of 113.85 points. Gold trains in the Chicago area under Alexander Ouriashev.

Sotnikova, 15, opened her program, skated to a modern arrangement of “Bolero” with a triple Lutz-triple loop. She scored 111.88 points for the program.

Team USA’s Christina Gao, who placed fifth competing as a senior at the U.S. Championships, took seventh with 151.09 points and American Vanessa Lam, 16, placed 13th with 138.94 points.


Final Standings

Flanked by American skaters, China’s Han Yan earned the highest score in ISU World Junior Championships history to win the gold medal. He needed every bit of his 222.45 total points, squeaking past Team USA’s Joshua Farris (221.97) by 0.48 points. American Jason Brown earned the bronze with 214.90 points.

Han beat American Adam Rippon’s 2009 record of 222.0 points.

It is the first time in eight years that Team USA has placed two men on the World junior podium. In 2004, Evan Lysacek won the silver and Jordan Brauninger earned bronze.

Yan, who will be 16 on Tuesday, turned in two personal-best performances to become the first junior men’s champion in Chinese history. He impressed with his quadruple toe as he performed to “Waltz No. 2 by Dmitri Shostakovitch.” His six triples helped net a free skate score of 147.57.

Farris, 17, earned a personal-best 146.54 for his free skate. Farris, who trains in Colorado Springs under coach Christy Krall, opened with back-to-back triple Axels, the first combined with a double toe loop. Skating to Rachmaninov’s “Piano Concerto No. 3,” he landed five more triples jumps.

Skating to “Flow Like Water,” Jason Brown, 17, earned the highest program component scores in the free skate. He turned heads with his ’Tano Lutz (one arm extended overhead) that gained +3s from five judges on his way to a 144.70-point free skate. Brown finished with 214.90 points. Brown trains in Chicago under coach Kori Ade.

U.S. junior silver medalist Timothy Dolensky, 19, finished 12th with 169.94 points.

World Junior Figure Skating Championships – Day 3

2 Mar

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Current Standings

Bolstered by Level 4 spins, Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia won the short program, besting American Gracie Gold by 5.09 points to win the short program. Last year’s champion, Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, is in third.

Skating to “Dark Eyes,” Lipnitskaia, 13, impressed with a triple toe-triple toe combination and her triple Lutz, which helped earn 63.09 points.  U.S. junior champion Gold, 16, has 58.00 points while Sotnikovav, 15, is close behind with 56.57 points.

Performing to “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” Gold opened with a triple flip-triple toe combination and showed off a solid triple Lutz. She earned Level 4s for all three spins and a Level 3 for her steps. Gold trains in Chicago with coach Alexander Ouriashev.

Defending World junior champion Sotnikova, skating to Ravel’s “Bolero,” landed a triple toe-triple toe and a triple Lutz..

American Christina Gao, who placed fourth at last year’s World Junior Championships, sits in fifth place with 52.66 points. Skating to Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor,” Gao’s triple toe-triple toe combination complimented two Level 4 spins. Gao, who will turn 18 next week, trains in Toronto with coach Brian Orser.

Team USA’s Vanessa Lam, a two-time medalist on the JGP circuit this season, is 11th after skating to “Con Te Partiro.” Lam, 16, trains in Westminster, Calif., under coaches Doug Chapman and Dianne de Leeuw.

Ice Dance

Final Results

Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin and teammates Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin turned in strong performances to hold their places in earning gold and silver medals.  U.S. junior champions Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, who prevented a Russian medals sweep by coming back from fifth place to earned the bronze.

Skating to “Phantom of the Opera,” Sinitsina and Zhiganshin earned Level 4s in five of the seven elements on their way to a season-best 90.03 points. The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Champions, who have not lost a competition this season, finished with 153.81 points.

Skating to “Live and Let Die,” Stepanova and Bukin turned in Level 4 lifts, spins and twizzles for 85.06 points. They finished with 147.74 points.

Aldridge and Eaton turned in two outstanding performances, earning personal bests in the short (57.76) and free (83.38) for a total 141.14. Their upbeat “Lord of the Dance” program was technically demanding, and they handled it with aplomb.  The Canton, Mich.-based skaters train under a team headed by Pasquale Camerlengo and his wife, two-time world dance champion Anjelika Krylova.

Americans Lauri Bonacorsi and Travis Mager, who performed to “Close to You,” finished in seventh place with 128.41 points. The two-time U.S. junior silver medalists train under 1980 Olympic dance champions Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov in Aston, Pa.

Team USA’s Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons, who earned a personal-best 45.37 in the short program, finished in 15th place with 109.16 points. The team performed to “Enigmatic Soul” and “To Glory.” They train at Maryland’s Wheaton Skating Academy under coaches Alexei Kiliakov and Dmitri Ilin.

World Junior Figure Skating Championships – Day 1

29 Feb

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Current Standings

Skating a flawless short program, China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han have positioned themselves to win a third-straight World junior pairs title. With 59.29 points, Wui and Han hold a 4.57-point lead over teammates Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin (54.72). Russia’s Ekaterina Petaikina and Maxim Kurdyukov are in third with 51.18 points. Less than a half-point out of third place are U.S. junior pairs champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, whose 50.81 tops their previous best international short program score (42.25), earned during the 2011 Junior Grand Prix.

Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton, the 2012 U.S. junior bronze medalists, sit in eighth place after earning 48.24 points. U.S. junior silver medalists Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer are in 11th place with 46.83 points.

All three U.S. teams train in Colorado Springs, Colo., under coaches Dalilah Sappenfield and Larry Ibarra.

Ice Dance

Current Standings

Russian ice dancing teams hold the top three spots after the short dance Wednesday. Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin, the 2011 Junior Grand Prix Final champions, earned a score of 63.78 points. Close behind are teammates Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin (62.68) and Anna Yanovskaya and Sergey Mozgov (58.89). The French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are in fourth place (58.09) followed by 2012 U.S. junior champions Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton (57.76). Two-time U.S. junior ice dancing silver medalists Lauri Bonacorsi and Travis Mager are in eighth place with 54.53 points. Rachel and Michael Parsons, who placed fourth at the U.S. Championships, are in 16th place with 45.37 points.


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