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Parsons siblings rally in free to take first JGP gold

Loboda, Drozd settle for silver medal; Sadovsky tops Zhou for men's title
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Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons earned Team USA's first gold medal of the 2015 Junior Grand Prix Series. -Getty Images

Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons took gold for Team USA in ice dance, while Canada's Roman Sadovsky edged out American Vincent Zhou on Saturday for the men's title to wrap up competition at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Bratislava, Slovakia.


Starting his Romeo + Juliet free skate with an under-rotated quadruple salchow, Sadovsky earned Level 4 on each of his steps and spins during his 135.23-point free, a new personal best. Earning his second JGP gold medal with a total score of 203.72, also a personal best, the Canadian's free was highlighted by solid jump combinations, including a double axel-double toe and a triple salchow-double toe-double loop.

Zhou made his JGP debut a successful one by claiming silver with his 132.78-point free skate -- a new personal best -- to The Godfather. The 2013 U.S. junior champion started his program with an under-rotated quad salchow. His free was highlighted by a solid triple lutz-loop-triple salchow, and he finished with a new personal-best total score of 200.85.

Argentina's Denis Margalik took bronze with 191.72 points for his first career JGP medal.

Team USA's Kevin Shum placed ninth with 163.54 points.

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The Parsons siblings rallied from second after the short dance to earn their first career JGP gold medal behind a personal-best, 90.40-point free dance to a Medialuna Tango Project medley. The U.S. junior silver medalists earned positive Grades of Execution (GOEs) on all seven of their elements, including two Level 4 lifts and finished with a personal-best score of 149.42.

Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd claimed silver for Russia with 147.38 points, a personal best total score. Skating to "Paganini 5" by Edvin Marton and "Lo Ti Penso Amore" by David Garrett and Nicole Scherzinger, Loboda and Drozd's two lifts gained Level 4, and each of their elements earned positive GOEs.

Russia's Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko claimed bronze in their JGP debut with 138.84 points.

Team USA's Julia Biechler and Damian Dodge placed fifth with a personal-best score of 129.