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Le in striking distance of Tsurkaya at JGP Slovakia

Loboda, Drozd take slim lead over Parsons siblings at series opener
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Vivian Le landed a clean triple lutz-triple toe combination during her short to music from 'The Professional.' -Jay Adeff

Skaters from Russia took the lead in both ladies and dance at the first event of the 2015 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Series in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Thursday. Members of Team USA sit in second place in each discipline.

Ladies

Russia's Polina Tsurskaya took charge in the short by opening up a 4.63-point lead over Team USA's Vivian Le. Tsurskaya led off her "Adagio in G minor" short program with a superb triple lutz-triple toe combination and also earned Level 4's on all of her spins and steps. Each of Tsurskaya's seven elements received a positive Grade of Execution (GOE).

Le amassed 61.45 points for her routine to music from The Professional. The U.S. junior bronze medalist's program was highlighted by an opening triple lutz-triple toe.

Japan's Mai Mihara sits in third with a score of 60.81. Each of the top three finishers landed clean triple lutz-triple toe combinations.

Le's teammate, Emily Chan, sits in fifth place with 49.60 points.

Ice dance

Taking a slim 1.46-point lead, Russia's Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd bettered their previous best by almost six points. The reigning JGP Final silver medalists earned Level 4's for their step sequence, straight line lift and both of their Starlight Waltz patterns.

Team USA's Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons sit in second place with 59.02 points. Skating to music from Prokofiev's' Cinderella, the U.S. junior silver medalists performed the best step sequence of any team on the day.

Russia's Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko round out the top three with 58.04 points.

Americans Julia Biechler and Damian Dodge are in fifth with 51.52 points.