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Parsons punch ticket to Junior Grand Prix Final

Korea's Cha wins men's gold; Mishina, Mirzoev lead after pairs short
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Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons will make their third career appearance at the Junior Grand Prix Final. -Getty Images

Korea's Jun Hwan Cha and Team USA's Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons each earned their second golds of this year's Junior Grand Prix Series and a berth to the JGP Final on the second day of competition in Dresden, Germany.


Cha won the men's title going away, finishing more than 24 points ahead of his closest competitor. His free skate to music from The Postman featured eight triple jumps, six of which took place in the second half of the program. He earned a segment mark of 143.72, en route to a total score of 220.54.

In fifth place after the short program, Canada's Conrad Orzel skated a personal-best free skate to music from The Last Samurai to win the silver medal with 196.30 points. Landing a quad toe and a triple axel-double toe combination, he earned a score of 131.32, topping his previous best by more than 30 points on his way to winning his first career JGP medal.

Less than a point behind, Japan's Mitsuki Sumoto pulled up a spot to win bronze with 195.74 points.

In second place after the short program, Team USA's Andrew Torgashev endured four falls in his free skate and dropped to fourth place overall with 191.80 points. His teammate, Peter Liu, finished 16th.

Ice dance

The Parsons siblings easily bested the field, winning their fourth career JGP title by nearly 10 points. Skating to "Singing in the Rain" by Sophia Sin, the duo earned 91.70 points for their free dance, which opened with a Level 4 twizzle sequence and included two Level 4 lifts. Just as they did in the short dance, the siblings earned positive Grades of Execution (GOEs) across the board, and they finished the week with 157.63 points.

Adding a second silver in this year's JGP Series, Russians Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov nabbed the sixth spot at the JGP Final. The duo's program components score was nearly equal to that of the Parsons (46.95 to 46.36), and they earned a segment score of 87.02. Their total competition mark of 148.02 placed them nearly eight points above their compatriots, Arina Ushakova and Maxim Nekrasov, who came back from a fourth-place showing in the short dance to win bronze with 140.21.


Russia took the top two spots in the pairs short program. Anastasia Mishina and Vladislav Mirzoev led the way with 62.10 points, followed by Alina Ustimkina and Nikita Volodin, who earned 59.34.

Mishina and Mirzoev took another step toward booking their first career trip to the JGP Final, after taking the gold in Saransk, Russia, last month. Their rumba short program featured four Level 4 elements, including a rotational lift worth a performance-high 8.30 points.

Skating to music from Mad Max: Fury Road, Ustimkina and Volodin also turned in a Level 4 rotational lift, along with a throw triple toe loop and side-by-side double axels that earned positive GOEs from every judge.

With a segment score of 58.58, Czech Republic's Anna Dušková and Martin Bidař are less than a point out of second.

Gabriella Marvaldi and Daniel Villeneuve, Laiken Lockley and Keenan Prochnow, and Nica Digerness and Danny Neudecker -- Team USA's three pairs at the event -- sit 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively.