Jin erases Petrov's lead to take gold in SloveniaRussians Morozova, Zhirnov take slim lead over Canadians in dance
Entering Firday's free skate in second place, China's Boyang Jin overtook Russia's Alexander Petrov to claim gold at Junior Grand Prix Slovenia. Finishing the event with a score of 220.17, Jin recorded his fifth victory in the series, including a win at last season's JGP Final.
Jin earned 147.96 points for his free, erasing Petrov's 2.38-point lead following the short program. Skating to "Dragon Racing" by John Powell, Jin's ambitious program featured three quads: two toes and a Salchow. He also landed a triple Axel, triple Lutz-triple toe and triple flip-single loop-triple Salchow. Jin's technical score of 83.28 was far and away the best of the competition.
Petrov took home his fourth career JGP silver medal after finishing his free with 141.74 points. His program, skated to an Antonio Vivaldi medley, was less technically challenging than that of Jin, but it did earn the Russian the highest program components mark of the evening (67.16). Petrov started off with a triple Axel-triple toe, followed by a triple flip-triple Salchow combination. His spins were all rated Level 4.
Entering the day in fifth place, Russia's Dmitri Aliev used a 129.43-point free to climb two spots and claim a bronze medal in what was his international debut.
American Shotaro Omori struggled a bit in his free, falling on a triple Axel and getting dinged on both of his Lutzes. He finished sixth in the free and fourth overall.
Luke West of the U.S. came in ninth with a score of 153.25.
Russians Daria Morozova and Mikhail Zhirnov took the lead in dance after an energetic short program that included an excellent step sequence and a straight line lift that earned a Level 4. Donning glitter-filled outfits, the three-time JGP bronze medalists earned 49.80 points.
Brianna Delmaestro and Timothy Lum vaulted into second place after earning 49.14 points. Searching for their first career spot on a JGP podium, the Canadians skated their samba to "Malagenha" from the Dance With Me soundtrack and their rumba to "Havana Nights" from Dirty Dancing. They received a positive Grade of Execution (GOE) on each of their five elements, including a Level 4 twizzle sequence that earned 7.32 points, the most for any element in the event.
Energized by the music of Shakira, Holly Moore and Daniel Klaber of the U.S. came in third with 46.54 points. With Moore wearing red and Klaber black, the team started off the program with a Level 4 Silver Samba pattern and ended its short with an impressive rotational lift.
Competing for the first time together, Russians Eva Khachaturian and Andrei Bagin came in fourth with 46.38 points.
In their international debut, Americans Julia Biechler and Damian Dodge earned a score of 42.74 to round out the top five.