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Chen headed back to JGP Final after taking gold

Lauriault, Le Gac take dance title; Pogrebinsky, Benoit earn bronze
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Nathan Chen topped the men's podium at the Junior Grand Prix in Logroño, Spain, behind his impressive jump arsenal. -Getty Images

Nathan Chen cruised to gold and France's Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac took the dance title on the final day of competition at the Junior Grand Prix in Logroño, Spain.


Chen earned his second career JGP Final berth after taking the men's title behind 236.37 total points, 158.43 of which came in the free skate. Skating to "Symphony No. 3" by Camille Saint-Saëns, Chen landed 11 of his 12 jumps, including a quadruple toe-double toe combination. Chen also executed a triple lutz-double toe-double loop combination midway through his program.

Israel's Daniel Samohin won silver after turning in Saturday's top free skate. Coming away with a total score of 227.19, Samohin's free earned 159.23 points. Samohin also landed 11 of his 12 jumps. He opened his Sherlock Holmes free skate with three high-scoring jump elements: a quad toe-double toe combination, a quad salchow and a triple axel.

China's He Zhang claimed the bronze medal, earning 129.38 points in his free skate for a total score of 193.31. He opened with an impressive triple axel and later turned in a triple lutz-double toe combination. A triple loop, triple flip and triple lutz all came in the second half of his routine.


France's Lauriault and Le Gac took gold, coming away with a personal-best 90.89-point free dance to finish with a total score of 152.72, also a personal best. Skating to a Beatles medley, the routine was highlighted by an opening Level 4 spin and Level 4 twizzles. The duo ended with a Level 3 diagonal step sequence coupled with a Level 4 lift.

Betina Popova and Yuri Vlasenko of Russia secured the silver medal with a 90.54 free skate to finish with a total of 150.94 points -- both personal bests. Set to "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé, the Russian duo earned Level 4's on three of their first four elements and came away with a competition high of 47.07 points for their program components.

Team USA's Elliana Pogrebinsky and Alex Benoit took the bronze medal with a total score 142.85. Skating to music from Romeo and Juliet, the duo earned high GOEs on their opening two elements -- a Level 4 set of twizzles and a Level 4 combination spin. The team also turned in two Level 4 lifts.

Americans Chloe Lewis and Logan Bye finished fifth with a total score of 138.22.