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Russia leads the way after Day One in Ljubljana

Zagitova wins ladies short; Aliev sets men's pace; Krasnozhon sits second
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Russia's Alina Zagitova skated a clean short to take the lead at JGP Slovenia. -Getty Images

Russia's Alina Zagitova and Dmitri Aliev won the ladies and men's short programs, respectively, on the first day of competition at the Junior Grand Prix in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Zagitova surged to nearly a 2.16-point lead with a strong program that earned 68.09 points. She skated her Scheherazade short clean, landing all four of her jumps, including a triple lutz-triple toe. She was also awarded three Level 4 spins.

Rika Kihira of Japan is in silver-medal position after securing 65.93 points for her short to "Tzigane." Kihira's performance featured a triple lutz-triple toe, a triple loop and three Level 4 spins.

Russia's Alisa Lozko is also in podium position, sitting third after earning 59.78 points for her short program set to music from Anna Pavlova.

In fourth place is Japan's Marin Honda, who earned the top program components score of the event (28.20).

Ashley Lin of the United States is in fifth with 57.08 points.


Aliev grabbed a six-point lead after posting a score of 78.03 for his short to Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion." Aliev landed a triple axel and a triple lutz-triple toe combination, and he also topped the field with a 36.52-point program components mark.

Team USA's Alexei Krasnozhon put up 71.98 points en route to a second-place finish. He opened his short, set to Chopin's "Etude 10 No 3," with a triple flip-triple toe combination and followed that with a triple axel. He also was awarded two Level 4 spins.

Canadian junior champion Joseph Phan is in third after earning 70.33 points for his program to "The Best Is Yet to Come" by Michael Bublé.

William Hubbart of the U.S. is in 12th.