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Pulkinen soars to Junior Grand Prix title in Salzburg

Tarakanova picks up ladies gold; Andrews finishes fifth in JGP debut
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Camden Pulkinen's new personal-best event total of 203.80 points was more than enough to help the American lock up the gold medal at JGP Austria. -Getty Images

Team USA's Camden Pulkinen followed his winning short program with a picturesque free skate, ending his visit to the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Salzburg, Austria, with a gold medal, while Russia's Anastasia Tarakanova won the ladies title.


After winning the short program by less than two points, Tarakanova distanced herself from the pack on the strength of a strong free skate. The 13-year-old Russian -- who was awarded 12.79 points for a triple lutz-loop-triple salchow combination -- tallied 130.00 points for her "Sarabande Suite" free, and her event total of 196.68 was more than enough for the victory.

Eunsoo Lim's free skate score of 121.55, and overall total of 186.34 points, helped the South Korean secure the silver medal, while Japan's Mako Yamashita won bronze.

Team USA's Starr Andrews scooped up 99.35 points for her "One Moment in Time" free skate, a mark that helped the 16-year-old complete her JGP debut with an impressive fifth-place finish.

American Angelina Huang, who also made her Junior Grand Prix debut, finished 10th.   


Pulkinen, who performed his program to Chopin's "Étude Op. 10, No. 1," picked up 11.70 points for his triple lutz-loop-triple salchow combination en route to capturing the top spot on the podium with a new personal-best total score of 203.80. His free skate mark of 137.46 was also a new personal high.

France's Luc Economides, despite finishing third in the free skate, sewed up the silver medal with a two-day total of 190.59 points.

While the efforts of Pulkinen and Economides were noteworthy, it was Russia's Egor Murashov who created the most buzz on the final day in Salzburg.

Murashov showcased a triple lutz-triple toe combination, a sound triple lutz-double toe-double loop, and a triple loop-triple toe during his Stevie Wonder free skate, and his segment score of 132.78 points was more than enough to help him secure the bronze medal after he finished 14th in the short program.

Team USA's Ryan Dunk ended his JGP debut in ninth place.