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Krasnozhon caps week with JGP Australia title

Savosin wins men's silver; U.S. teams sit fourth, fifth after short dance
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Alex Krasnozhon's effort paid off in a big way at JGP Australia as the 17-year-old departed Brisbane with the gold medal. -Jason O'Brien - ISU

Alex Krasnozhon followed his impressive short program with the best free skate of the day en route to capturing the gold medal Friday at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Brisbane, Australia. In the dance category, the Russian team of Sofia Polishchuk and Alexander Vakhnov hold the advantage over Canada's Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha.


Krasnozhon's free skate was nearly seven points better than that of Russia's Egor Rukhin, enabling the 17-year-old to capture the first title of the season with a two-day total of 209.37 points.

The reigning U.S. junior champion picked up 134.33 points for his Gladiator free skate, lifting him to the top of a JGP podium for the second time in his career (JGP Slovenia).

Russia's Roman Savosin, who finished third in the free skate, secured second place overall with a total of 196.20 points, while Rukhin ended his visit to Brisbane with the bronze.

Team USA's Eric Sjoberg earned 116.85 points for his Spartacus free skate, good for sixth in the segment, and took home an eighth-place finish.

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Polishchuk and Vakhnov, who finished fourth at the 2017 Russian Junior Championships, secured a near three-point lead by picking up 61.08 points for their "Chilly Cha-Cha"/"Hip Hip Chin Chin" short dance.

Lajoie and Lagha enter the free dance in second position with 58.55 points, while the Russian tandem of Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Nikita Nazarov (57.25 points) round out the top three.

The American teams of Eliana Gropman and Ian Somerville (52.40 points), and Chloe Lewis and Logan Bye (52.26) sit in fourth and fifth, respectively.