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Russia wins ladies, pairs gold at JGP Latvia

Panenkova earns top ladies honor; American Ma takes bronze in debut
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Russia's Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitri Rylov moved up from second after the short program to win the gold medal Friday in Riga. -Getty Images

Daria Panenkova earned one of two gold medals for Russia on Friday at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Riga, Austria, joining teammates Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitri Rylov, who won the pairs competition. In ice dance, the Russian tandem of Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov hold the lead following the short.


Panenkova sat first after the short, and although she slipped to second in the free skate, her "Ne me quitte pas" program was strong enough to keep her at the top. The Russian's overall mark of 185.80 was more than five points higher than that of Japan's Rika Kihira (180.46), who moved from sixth after the short to claim the silver medal.

Team USA's Emmy Ma capped her JGP debut with a bronze medal, registering 172.62 total points to fend off Russia's Alisa Fedichkina, who finished fourth with a score of 171.98.

American Ashley Lin achieved new personal-best scores for both the free skate (106.66 points) and overall total (161.23) to place sixth in the final standings.


Panfilova and Rylov trailed fellow Russians Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii heading into the free skate, but after their teammates plummeted to a fourth-place finish in the segment, Panfilova and Rylov were able to secure gold by finishing second in the free.

Despite the rough outing, Boikova and Kozlovskii landed second in the final standings, while Canada's Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud -- who won the free skate after accruing a personal-best 103.58 points for their "Can't Help Falling in Love" program -- grabbed the bronze medal.

Team USA's Laiken Lockley and Keenan Prochnow came in third in the free skate to help them solidify a fifth-place finish.

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Shpilevaya and Smirnov, the 2017 Russian junior champions, secured 60.11 points for their short dance to take the lead over teammates Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko, who finished with 58.87 points.

Americans Caroline Green and Gordon Green -- who have won U.S. championships at the juvenile, intermediate and novice levels -- took third in the segment after scooping up 52.82 points.

Emma Gunter and Caleb Wein, the second dance team in the field from the United States, placed seventh.