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Uno wins men's gold at JGP Croatia; Silver for Chen

Vigalova, Zakroev win pairs gold; Liu, Johnson earn trip to JGP Final
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Shoma Uno topped the men's field at JGP Croatia. -Getty Images

The last of seven 2014 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) events continued Friday in Zagreb, Croatia, with the crowning of the pairs and men's champions and the dance competition getting underway.


Shoma Uno of Japan won the men's competition, turning in 152.69 points in his free skate for a final score of 227.51. Uno opened with a quad toe loop and a quad toe-double toe loop combination. In the back half of his program, he was clean on a double Axel-half loop-triple flip combination and a double Axel-triple toe combination. All four of Uno's spins and step sequences were Level 4.

American Nathan Chen, the 2014 world junior bronze medalist, won silver in his season debut. Chen was exceptional in the second half of his 135.59-point program, earning a bonus on six jump elements and finishing with a score of 208.16. He landed a triple Lutz-double loop-double loop combination, followed by a triple flip-triple toe combination. After three more triple jumps, he landed a triple Salchow-double toe combination and concluded with a Level 4 combination spin.

Korea's June Hyoung Lee won bronze with a 135.40 in his free skate. Skating to Phantom of the Opera, Lee began with three jumps, including two combinations, followed by a Level 4 spin and a Level 4 step sequence. He used five jumps in the back half of his routine, including a triple Lutz-double toe-double toe combination to earn a bonus and hold onto third place with 203.92 points.

American Daniel Kulenkamp, making his international debut, finished ninth with a score of 167.89.


The Russians took the top two podium spots in pairs. Maria Vigalova and Egor Zakroev maintained their lead from the short program to win gold, while their countrymen, Daria Beklemisheva and Maxim Bobrov, took silver. Vigalova and Zakroev, who scored 110.15 points in the free, opened with a Level 3 triple twist and a throw triple loop, then went on to perform two Level 4 lifts in the back half of their program to surge to victory with a final score of 167.98.

Beklemisheva and Bobrov, skating to Hallelujah by Lisa Lois, finished second in the free after earning 93.33 points. The pair opened with a Level 3 triple twist and a side-by-side triple toe-double toe-double loop combination. They completed a successful throw triple flip and Group 5 lift in the second half of their program, winning silver with a score of 143.62.

Ukraine's Renata Oganseian and Mark Bardei took third with 89.50 points for a total of 135.57 for bronze. They used a strong opening half of their program, including a Level 3 twist, throw triple loop and Level 4 reverse lasso lift to move into medal position.

Chelsea Liu and Brian Johnson, the highest finishing Americans, placed fourth, nabbing the sixth spot in December's Junior Grand Prix Final in Barcelona.

Americans Jessica Lee and Robert Hennings finished ninth with 116.24 points, and teammates Olivia Allan and Austin Hale were one spot behind with 114.60.


The Russian duo of Anna Yanovskaia and Sergei Mozgov lead the way after the short dance, scoring 56.79 points. The team skated a near-flawless program highlighted by a Level 2 step sequence, followed by a Level 4 lift midway through the program.

Trailing by just 0.59 points, Americans Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons are in second place after earning 56.28 points in their short dance. Performing to "Fruta Fresca" by Carlos Vives, the third-place finishers at JGP Japan opened with a Level 3 step sequence and then capitalized on Level 3 twizzles.

Hungary's Carolina Moscheni and Adam Lukacs are in third with 53.14 points. They opened with a set of twizzles and later finished with a Level 4 lift to maintain medal position entering the free dance.

Elliana Pogrebinsky and Alex Benoit are in ninth place with 36.41 points.