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Carreira, Ponomarenko take leg up in Salzburg

Pulkinen delivers winning short program; French stand second in dance
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Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko opened their visit to Salzburg with a solid short dance, one that provided them with a lead heading into the final day of competition. -Getty Images

Team USA's Camden Pulkinen and the ice dance team of Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko grabbed the lead in their respective events Thursday at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Salzburg, Austria.

Men's

Pulkinen, the reigning U.S. junior silver medalist, earned a personal-best 66.34 points for his "Fix You" short, enabling him to take a slim lead over French skater Luc Economides, who scored 65.88 points for his "Send in the Clowns" program.

The 17-year-old American, who is competing in his second Junior Grand Prix event, opened his program with a beautiful triple axel but later fell on the second part of his triple flip-triple toe combination and received a one-point deduction for a time violation.

Turkey's Basar Oktar secured 64.27 points to slot into third, while American Ryan Dunk, who is making his JGP debut, registered 60.85 points, good for fifth place.

Ice Dance

Carreira and Ponomarenko opened their fourth Junior Grand Prix campaign by earning 57.82 points for their short dance, which was set to an arrangement of music by Sarita Monitel, the Pussycat Dolls and Gloria Estefan. The reigning world junior bronze medalists lost some points when she fell during the team's twizzle sequence.

The Americans are followed closely by the French duo of Lagouge and Rahier, the only one of the top three teams to skate clean. The French junior champions picked up 57.26 points, a new career best.

Russians Ksenia Konkina and Grigory Yakushev, and Evgeniia Lopareva and Alexey Karpushov sit third and fourth, respectively. Americans Isabella Amoia and Luca Becker are in ninth.