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McNamara, Carpenter win short easily in Ostrava

Kihara opens up three-point lead in ladies; Czech duo paces pairs field
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Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter are well on their way to capturing their fifth career gold medal in the JGP Series. -Getty Images

Team USA's Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter took an 11-point lead in the short dance at the Junior Grand Prix in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Thursday. Japan's Rika Kihara and Czech Republic's Anna Dušková and Martin Bidař sit in first place in ladies and pairs, respectively.


Kihara opened up a three-point advantage over Russia's Anastasiia Gubanova. Performing to Ravel's "Tzigane," the 14-year-old Japanese skater landed a triple lutz-triple toe and a triple loop in the second half of her program en route to a segment total of 66.78.

Gubanova fell on her triple-triple combination in her routine to Camille Saint-Saëns' "The Swan," but she made up those lost points by earning Level 4's for all of her spins and her step sequence.

Third place went to Gubanova's teammate, Alisa Lozko, who tallied 60.10 points for her program to music from the film Anna Pavlova.

Opening her "I Put a Spell on You" short with a clean triple toe-triple toe combination, American Megan Wessenberg sits fifth with 53.91 points.


Dušková and Bidař grabbed a healthy lead with a 62.94-point outing. The reigning world junior champions hit a throw triple lutz and their side-by-side double axels in their short to the song "LA 40" by the Mozart Tango Players.

More than seven points behind them are Amina Atakhanova and Ilia Spiridinov of Russia. Skating to the Tom Zé song "Jimmy, Renda-se," the reigning JGP Final bronze medalists earned a score of 55.23, but it would have been much higher had they not had to abort their lift.

Chelsea Liu and Brian Johnson notched 50.98 points for their Michael Jackson short to slide into third place. The former U.S. junior silver medalists were one of only two teams in the competition to receive a Level 3 for their triple twist.

The other two U.S. teams in the event -- Lindsay Weinstein and Jacob Simon, and Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov -- finished 10th and 12th, respectively.

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McNamara and Carpenter, who are undefeated in their last five competitions, earned a personal-best score of 66.60 for their short dance, which included Level 4 twizzles, a Level 4 lift and a brilliant no touching midline step sequence (2.20 Grade of Execution).

In second place with 55.59 points are Nicole Kuzmich and Alexandr Sinicyn. Performing to the Robbie Williams song "Soda Pop" and Williams' version of "Dream a Little Dream," the two-time Czech junior champions pulled in a career-best 55.59 points.

Arina Ushakova and Maxim Nekrasov brought some hip-hop flavor to the ice with their short dance performed in part to DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat." The Russians sit third after securing 53.46 points in their JGP debut.

Chloe Rose Lewis and Logan Bye totaled 49.82 points for their Big Bad Voodoo Daddy short, slotting the Americans into sixth.