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Russia takes all four gold medals at JGP Austria

Aliev cruises to title; Atakhanova, Spiridonov claim first JGP medal
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The men's medalists (L-R): Silver medalist Vincent Zhou, gold medalist Dmitri Aliev and bronze medalist Ivan Pavlov. -Getty Images

The final day of competition at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Linz, Austria, wrapped up Saturday with Russia taking three more gold medals to cap off a title sweep of all four disciplines at the event.


Russia junior silver medalist Dmitri Aliev cruised to his second gold medal of the 2015 JGP Series with a 150.33-point free skate, clinching his first trip to the JGP Final. Skating to Notre-Dame de Paris, the JGP Latvia gold medalist nailed his opening quadruple toe-double toe combination. He continued his impressive display of jumps with a flurry of triple jumps, including a triple axel-half loop-triple salchow combination, another triple axel, a triple flip and triple loop. He finished with a personal-best total score of 225.94

Team USA's Vincent Zhou rallied from third after the short program to take his second silver medal of the 2015 JGP Series with a total score of 211.96. The 2013 U.S. junior champion opened his 145.37-point, Godfather free with an under-rotated quadruple salchow but was clean in his combination jumps (triple lutz-half loop-triple salchow, triple flip-double toe, triple lutz-triple toe). 

Ivan Pavlolv settled for bronze after his Angels and Demons free skate earned him 128.30 points. The Ukrainian silver medalist finished with a total score of 225.94.

Team USA's Oleksiy Melnyk finished seventh with 170.39 points.


Russia's Amina Atakhanova and Ilia Spiridonov held on to win gold, clinching their first career JGP medal with a total score of 162.50. The duo's 106.39-point free skate was highlighted by an opening triple tow-double toe-double loop combination and their clean throw triple loop.

Anna Duskova and Martin Bidar took their first JGP medal in six tries, earning silver after turning in a 102.95-point free skate. The Czech champions' performance was highlighted by their two clean triple throws, triple twist and a double axel-double toe combination. They finished with a total score of 158.71, easily topping their previous personal best.

Ukrainian champions Renata Oganesian and Mark Bardei earned their second medal of the JGP series after their 99.75-point free clinched bronze. Skating to music from Interview with the Vampire, the JGP Latvia gold medalists unleashed the best triple twist of the event (1.50 GOE) and landed a fine throw triple loop.

Team USA's Chelsea Liu and Brian Johnson, and Lindsay Weinstein and Jacob Simon finished eighth and ninth, respectively.


Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd earned their second straight trip to the JGP Final, claiming gold with a 91.91-point free dance, a personal best. The duo earned positive GOEs on all seven of their elements, including two Level 4 lifts and a Level 4 spin. The JGP Bratislava silver medalists finished with a personal-best score of 153.64.

Earning silver in their JGP debut, Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac's 84.85-point Beatles free dance featured two Level 4 lifts and a Level 4 spin. The French silver medalists finished with a personal-best score of 144.35.

Team USA's Julia Biechler and Damian Dodge claimed bronze for their first career JGP medal, turning in an 82.73-point free dance to a Lucia Micarelli medley. The duo finished with a personal-best score of 142.32.

Americans Elliana Pogrebinsky and Alex Benoit just missed the podium, placing fourth with 140.11 points.