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Parsons take gold, book return trip to JGP Final

Honda locks up spot in Barcelona after rallying to win title in Croatia
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Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons dominated the dance field at the Junior Grand Prix in Zagreb, Croatia, winning gold by 12 points. -Getty Images

Team USA's Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons topped the dance field at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Zagreb, Croatia, to earn their second career berth to the JGP Final. Japan's Marin Honda rallied to take ladies gold on the way to securing her first trip to the JGP Final.


Rebounding from a third-place finish in the short program, Honda turned in a solid free skate to music from Beetlejuice to win her first JGP gold medal with 181.22 points. Her seven-triple performance featured exquisite artistry, for which she earned a program components score (PCS) of 55.49, the highest of the event. She totaled 123.30 points for the segment.

Japan's Wakaba Higuchi executed the highest-scoring element of the event, a triple lutz-triple toe combination worth 11.43 points. She came away with 114.29 points for her Mask of Zorro free skate en route to a total score of 175.06.

Diana Pervushkina survived a fourth-place finish in the free skate to earn bronze with 153.23 points. The Russian skater was plagued by mistakes on her jumps, falling on a triple loop and turning a triple flip into a double. However, her second-place short program score, spins and components kept her on the medal stand.

Team USA's Paige Rydberg and Sarah Nunez finished in 10th and 11th, respectively.

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The top three spots after the short dance stayed the same through Saturday's free dance, with the Parsons siblings topping two Russian teams for the dance title.

The American duo won the event in convincing fashion, finishing with 160.79 points to shatter their previous personal-best mark by 12 points. Their free dance opened with four Level 4 elements, and all of the team's elements received positive GOEs from every judge. Their segment score of 94.30 bested the field by 6.35 points, and their previous best by 3.90.

Anastasia Skoptcova and Kirill Aleshin took silver for their highest finish at a JGP event. The duo earned Level 4's on more than half of their elements and came away with a free dance score of 87.95 points.They finished the week with 148.75 points, a personal-best score, to claim their second career JGP medal.

Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko finished just fourth in the free but held on to win bronze with a final score of 143.87. Skating to The Pink Panther, the duo earned 86.07 points in the segment, just 0.32 points behind French team Angelique Abachkina and Louis Thauron.

Team USA's Gigi Becker and Luca Becker finished sixth in their JGP debut with 124.12 points.