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Krasnozhon jumps to top of podium in Ljubljana

Texan lands first-ever quad loop in competition; U.S. ice dancers lead
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Aleksei Krasnozhon won his first career JGP gold medal in Ljubljana. -Getty Images

American Aleksei Krasnozhon overcame a deficit of more than six points to win the gold medal at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Friday.

Men's

In second after the short program, Krasnozhon started his rodeo-themed free skate with a quad loop; he didn't land it cleanly, but he did get full credit for the jump, making him the first skater in history to accomplish that feat. He went on to land six clean triples (three in combination) on his way to a segment-best score of 139.20 and a total competition mark of 211.18. His gold medal, combined with the silver he won in Czech Republic, qualified him for the Junior Grand Prix Final.

Russia's Ilia Skirda, who was in fourth after the short program, won the silver with 208.28 points. He earned positive Grades of Execution for all 12 of his elements in his "Mr. Bojangles" free skate, which was highlighted by an opening triple lutz-triple toe and a trio of Level 4 spins.

Kazuki Tomono of Japan won the bronze with 202.57 points. He had negative GOEs on five of his eight jump elements, but he was credited with landing a quad salchow and two triple axels.

William Hubbart of the U.S. had a fine effort Friday to move up from 12th after the short to ninth overall. Skating to "Someone to Watch Over Me," the JGP debutante landed seven triples en route to a free skate score of 117.29. 

Dance

Team USA's Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter find themselves atop the ice dance standings after Friday's short. Skating a rock-themed program, the duo was awarded a Level 4 for its rotational lift and performed easily the best twizzles and step sequence of the event. They also had the segment's top program components score (32.16).

Teams from Russia occupy the other two podium positions.

Anastasia Skoptcova and Kirill Aleshin are second after earning 56.80 points. They were awarded a Level 4 for their straight line lift in their program to "At Last" and "Swing Baby."

Sofia Polishchuk and Alexander Vakhnov performed Level 4 twizzles in their program to "Your Heart Is as Black as Night" and "That Man," but they had their curve lift invalidated and sit third.