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Medvedeva makes mincemeat of field in Courchevel

Glenn grabs bronze; Canadians Edwards, Pang assume lead in ice dance
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The ladies medalists (L-R): Gold medalist Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia, bronze medalist Amber Glenn of the U.S. and silver medalist Rin Nitaya of Japan. -Lindsey Weber

Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva romped to victory in ladies, and Madeline Edwards and Zhao Kai Pang of Canada jumped ahead of the pack in dance Friday at the Junior Grand Prix event in Courchevel, France.

Medvedeva sailed through her free skate, set to Hans-Günther Wagener's "Ein Sommernachtstraum" and "Tango Tchack" by Hugues Le Bars, with nary a misstep. She landed six clean triples, including a pair of triple-triple combinations -- an opening triple flip-triple toe and a triple Salchow-triple toe in the latter half of her program. She was awarded a career-best score of 118.43 for the segment and finished with 179.55 points, almost 21 more than the runner-up. The gold medal is Medvedeva's third in as many tries in the JGP Series.

Japan's Rin Nataya opened her Romeo and Juliet free skate with a triple toe-triple toe but landed only two more clean triples the rest of the way. One, however, was on the back end of an impressive double Axel-single loop-triple Salchow combo. She placed second in the free and second overall to claim the silver in her JGP debut.

Amber Glenn failed to complete a triple-triple and fell on her triple loop. She did manage a triple flip-double toe-double toe in her free skate, which she performed to "El Conquistador" by Maxime Rodriguez and Roni Benise's version of "Aranjuez." The U.S. junior champion earned 93.37 points for the free, good for fourth in the segment. Her total of 148.08 put her 0.30 ahead of Japan's Miyu Nakashio, and she took home the bronze, her second such medal on the JGP circuit. 

Edwards and Pang rang up 51.84 points en route to claiming first place in the short. The reigning world junior bronze medalists skated their samba to music by Toni Braxton and Edmundo Ros and their rumba to the song "Eres todo en me" by Ana Gabriel. Their program featured a Level 3 twizzle sequence and a fine circular step sequence, both of which garnered 0.96 Grades of Execution (GOE).

Two-time JGP bronze medalists Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd scored 50.10 points to take second in the segment. The highlight of the Russians' program was the diagonal step sequence, an element which earned them 6.70 points.

Anastasia Shiplevaya and Grigory Smirnov, also of Russia, came in third with a score of 47.94.

Making their JGP debut, Americans Emily Day and Kevin Leahy placed sixth with 41.64 points. Their program, which included the songs "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira and "No Me Ames" by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, featured a Level 4 twizzle sequence that was worth 6.72 points, the most of any element in the event.

Chloe Lewis and Logan Bye, competing on the JGP circuit for the second season, finished seventh, just 0.24 points behind their teammates.

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