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Russians dominate on Day 1 at JGP Latvia

Country holds edge in ladies, pairs; Ukraine's Pavlov vaults to men's lead
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Russia's Alexsandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii hold a slim lead over teammates Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov entering the pairs free skate. -Getty Images

Russia's Daria Panenkova and Ukraine's Ivan Pavlov skated to the lead in the short programs Thursday at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Riga, Latvia. In pairs, the Russian teams of Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii, and Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitri Rylov hold the top two spots heading into the free skate.


Panenkova landed a triple flip-triple toe combination during her short program, which was set to David Nevue's "While the Trees Sleep" and "I Dreamed a Dream". Her score of 66.65 provided her with a three-point edge over teammate Alisa Fedichkina.

Fedichkina, the fourth-place finisher at last year's JGP Final, registered 63.48 points for her La La Land short.

American Emmy Ma opened her first JGP event with a bang, scoring 59.92 points to place third in the segment. Teammate Ashley Lin sits in eighth with 54.57 points.


Pavlov scored 67.17 points for his Mr. and Mrs. Smith short program to take a near three-point lead over Russia's Makar Ignatov, who sits in second with 64.95 points.

Pavlov, the two-time defending Ukrainian champion, opened his routine with a fall on his triple axel, but he recovered to land a triple flip-triple toe and, later, a triple lutz.

Rounding out the top three was Russia's Roman Savosin, who tallied 63.95 points for his short, which was performed to a selection of music by composer Hugues Le Bars.

Reigning world junior bronze medalist Tomoki Hiwatashi (61.35 points) and defending U.S. novice champion Maxim Naumov (57.64) finished fifth and ninth, respectively.


Boikova and Kozlovskii, the reigning world junior silver medalists, put forth a solid effort, earning 56.12 points for their "Sochi Sarabanda" short program. Panfilova and Rylov remain a close second after scooping up 55.99 points of their own.

After gathering 55.44 points for their "Paint it Black" short, Australians Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor, the reigning world junior champions, find themselves in third place.

Laiken Lockley and Keenan Prochnow, the lone pairs team from the United States, ended the segment fourth with 52.64 points.