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Previous winners in control on Day One in Dresden

Gubanova, Cha, Parsons go for second JGP gold of season in Germany
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Anastasiia Gubanova set a new personal best by almost two points, and she leads the competition after the ladies short program in Dresden. -Getty Images

Russia's Anastasiia Gubanova, South Korea's Jun Hwan Cha and Team USA's Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons each took commanding leads on Day One at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Dresden, Germany.


Gubanova, who won the JGP Czech Republic title earlier this season, leads the field with a short program score of 65.43. Taking the ice to "The Swan" by Camille Saint-Saëns, Gubanova landed her triple lutz-triple toe combination and triple loop in the second half of the program, outpacing her competitors despite incurring a one-point deduction for a time violation.

Eunsoo Lim of Korea followed in second with a personal-best performance. Opening her "Besame Mucho" short with a triple lutz-triple toe and closing it with two Level 4 spins, Lim earned a segment score of 63.83. She sits nearly five points ahead of Russia's Stanislava Konstantinova, who is third with 59.00 points.

In her second career JGP event, Team USA's Nina Ouellette is 13th with 46.58.


Each of the top five men turned in a clean short program, but Cha finished the day on top with a segment score of 76.82. His program to music from A Chorus Line opened with a sparkling triple lutz-triple toe combination. His triple axel was called under-rotated, but a triple loop in the second half of the performance lifted the JGP Japan champ to a technical element score of 40.38, the highest of the day by more than two points.

Following his silver medal at JGP Russia, Team USA's Andrew Torgashev is in position to qualify for his first JGP Final. Other than a doubled triple axel attempt, the U.S. junior champion gave a clean performance of his short to music from Notre-Dame de Paris, and he will take 73.48 points into the free skate. Torgashev leads Ukrainian Yaroslav Paniot, who sits third with 66.38.

Making his JGP Series debut, American Peter Liu accrued 52.76 points to place 13th.

Ice dance

After winning JGP Japan last month, the Parsons continued their run for a third consecutive trip to the JGP Final, grabbing an early lead of nearly five points. Earning a Level 4 on four of their five elements, the reigning world junior silver medalists skated to a medley of blues and hip hop including "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" by Fergie. They were the only team in the event to earn positive Grades of Execution across the board, and they came away with 65.93 points.

Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov are in second place with 61.00 points. The Russian junior bronze medalists turned in three Level 4 elements during their performance to music by Ella Fitzgerald.

Sitting third with 57.32 points, Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha of Canada are poised to win their first career JGP medal.