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McNamara, Carpenter rock out en route to gold

Aliev takes men's lead over Krasnozhon; Dušková, Bidař win pairs
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Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter won their fourth straight JGP event on Friday. -Getty Images

Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter won the ice dance competition comfortably at the Junior Grand Prix in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Friday. Czech Republic's Anna Dušková and Martin Bidař hung on for pairs gold, while Dmitri Aliev of Russia took the lead over U.S. skater Aleksei Krasnozhon in men's.


Aliev, a two-time winner in the JGP Series and the 2015 JGP Final silver medalist, took a 2.35-point lead over Krasnozhon despite making a mistake on one his spins toward the end of his program. The Russian junior champion led off his routine, set to Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion," with a beautiful triple axel (2.0 Grade of Execution) and later landed a triple lutz-triple toe past the midway point. He finished the day with 77.45 points.

Krasnozhon beat his previous personal best by more than seven points with a squeaky-clean rendition of his short to Chopin's "Etude Op. 10, No. 3 in E." The U.S. junior bronze medalist started his performance with a triple flip-triple toe and followed that with a solid triple axel en route to a segment score of 75.10.

Rounding out the top three was Russia's Roman Savosin, who came away 72.90 points.

Team USA's Kevin Shum notched 59.49 points for his "Eleanor Rigby" short, landing him in seventh.


Entering the day with a lead of more than seven points, Dušková and Bidař made a couple of major mistakes in their Latin-themed free skate: She singled her jump combination, and the team stumbled through its choreographic lift. Still, the world junior champions claimed a 1.56-point victory, skating off with their first career JGP gold medal. 

The winners of the free skate, and the silver medal, were Amina Atakhanova and Ilia Spiridonov of Russia. They led off their Singin' in the Rain program with a clean triple toe-double toe-double toe combo and followed that with a Level 3 triple twist. The Russians earned 104.71 points on the day and 159.94 for the competition on their way to securing their fourth career JGP medal.

Chelsea Liu and Brian Johnson had problems on their jumps and throws during their Beauty and the Beast free skate, but their score of 145.54 was good enough to earn the American duo the bronze, their second career JGP medal.

Lindsay Weinstein and Jacob Simon, and Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrafanov finished 10th and 12th, respectively, for Team USA.


McNamara and Carpenter ran their winning streak to six with a convincing victory in Ostrava. Skating to a medley of rock n' roll songs performed by violinst David Garrett, the reigning world junior champions earned Level 4's for their twizzles and lifts, and performed two stellar step sequences. They piled up 92.70 points in the segment and 159.30 overall.

With four Level 4 elements in their Charlie Chaplin free dance, Nicole Kuzmich and Alexandr Sinicyn nearly matched the Americans' technical mark in the free dance, scoring 45.85 points in that department compared to 45.88 for the Americans. The Czech junior champions finished second to claim their first career JGP medal.

Arina Ushakova and Maxim Nekrasov of Russia took the bronze in their international debut.

Team USA's Chloe Rose Lewis and Logan Bye improved one spot in the free but remained in sixth overall.