Kazakhstan's Tursynbaeva, China's Jin lead in AichiJGP debutantes Tennell, Shum both within striking distance of podium
Two Team USA athletes sit in medal contention after the ladies and men's short programs at this week's Junior Grand Prix (JGP) event in Aichi, Japan.
Bradie Tennell, the 2014 U.S. junior pewter medalist, is within 0.30 points of the podium after earning 54.92 points for her "Sozo" short program. Making her JGP debut, the 2014 Gardena Spring Trophy junior silver medalist executed a pair of Level 4 spins and a double Axel. The second half of her triple loop-triple toe was deemed under-rotated.
Kazakhstan's Elizabet Turzynbaeva is poised to win her second career JGP medal as she sits in first place with a score of 59.25 points. She leads reigning JGP Final silver medalist Serafima Sakhanovich of Russia by just over three points. In third is Finland's Jenni Saarinen, who finished ninth at JGP Slovenia two weeks ago.
Reigning JGP Final champion Boyang Jin of China is looking to punch his ticket to a third straight JGP Final. The 2014 JGP Slovenia gold medalist has a slight hold on first place with 70.88 points.
Close behind are Shoma Uno of Japan (69.78 points) and Russia's Dmitri Aliev (66.59 points).
Like Tennell, Team USA's Kevin Shum sits in fourth place in his JGP debut. Shum totaled 61.79 points for his "Invierno porteño" short program after performing a triple flip-triple toe combination worth 10.00 points and two Level 3 spins.
Jimmy Ma, competing in his second career JGP, is in 14th.