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Steady Erokhov wins men's gold at JGP Poland

Pulkinen rises up to claim silver; Greens return to U.S. with dance bronze
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After delivering two winning programs, Russia's Alexey Erokhov claimed the gold medal Saturday at JGP Poland. -Getty Images

Alexey Erokhov and Camden Pulkinen punched their respective tickets to December's Junior Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan, with gold and silver-medal winning performances Saturday at the 2017 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Gdańsk, Poland. In ice dance, Russia's Anastasia Skoptcova and Kirill Aleshin held onto the lead to earn their own spot in the Final.


Erokhov, who won his second consecutive JGP title by an impressive 12.54-point margin Saturday, will now take his talents into the JGP Final. With three attempted quads in his "Piano Concerto No. 2" free skate -- two toe loops and one salchow -- the Russian earned 143.06 points in the segment, bringing his event total to a winning mark of 221.89.

Rallying from fourth place after the short program, Pulkinen grabbed the silver medal, finishing on the podium for the second time this season. Despite singling a loop late in his Chopin free skate, the talented American received the second highest free skate score of the night with 140.83 points, which raised his two-day total to 209.35 points.

Conrad Orzel vaulted from ninth after the short program to finish with the bronze medal. The Canadian executed a solid quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, and ended his visit to Gdańsk with 196.05 total points.

Dinh Tran of the United States finished his international debut 12th with 172.91 points.

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Skoptcova and Aleshin punched their tickets to Nagoya for the JGP Final after receiving all positive Grades of Execution and three Level 4's for their free dance. The Russian team took home the gold medal by an astounding 16.93 points after registering an event total of 150.78 points.

Teammates Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Nikita Nazarov landed second in the final standings. Skating to music from the motion picture Ghost, the Russians missed a required spin, but still scooped up 74.82 points for their free dance, which raised their total to 133.85 points.

The up-and-coming sibling duo of Caroline Green and Gordon Green finished second in the segment after setting a new personal-best score for the second time this season. The Americans executed four Level 4 elements -- including two lifts and twizzles -- for a free dance mark of 75.80. They rounded out the podium and won their second JGP medal with 131.23 points.

Fellow Americans Emma Gunter and Caleb Wein finished 10th with 111.81 points.