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Nakashio, Russian dancers top podiums in Tallinn

Japanese lady breaks Russian stranglehold on JGP gold medals
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Russia's Anna Yanovskaia and Sergei Mozgov made a successful season debut by winning the gold in Tallinn, Estonia. -Getty Images

This week's Junior Grand Prix (JGP) event in Tallinn, Estonia, came to a close Saturday with the free dance and ladies free skate.


Movement atop the ladies leaderboard was the storyline Saturday as Japan's Miyu Nakashio moved up from third after the short to win the title. Nakashio, in her first season on the JGP circuit, won the gold medal by less than a point over Russia's Maria Sotskova.

Six points off the lead going into the free skate, Nakashio posted an overall score of 160.64. Her impressive free skate jumps, including seven triples as well as two double Axels done in combination, helped her overcome the deficit, as she totaled 108.83 points for the segment.

Sotskova, the reigning JGP Final champion, struggled with her jumps, suffering a fall on her triple Lutz and under-rotating her Salchow and toe. She settled for the silver.

Sotskova's teammate, Alsu Kaiumova, finished third, while Rin Nitaya of Japan, the short program winner, fell to fourth.

Competing in her second event of the season, American Amber Glenn recorded a fifth-place finish.

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Russia's Anna Yanovskaia and Sergei Mozgov overcame a small deficit after the short to easily win the free dance and their second gold medal of the series. They also earned a spot in the JGP Final for the third season in a row.

The duo opened its tango-inspired program with a circular step sequence worth over nine points and earned Level 4's on two lifts, their twizzles and their spin. Their segment score of 92.44 gave them 152.00 points for the competition.

Mackenzie Bent and Garrett MacKeen also became two-time medalists in the 2014 JGP Series. Leading by 0.27 points after the short, the Canadian duo placed second in the free and took home the silver.

Rebounding from a sixth-place finish in the short, Alexandra Nazarova and Maxim Nitikin of Ukraine pulled up to third, landing on the podium at this event for the second year in a row.

Americans Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko, and Holly Moore and Daniel Klaber finished fourth and sixth, respectively.