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Tuktamisheva, Yan win gold at inaugural WYOG

Chinese pair, Russian dance team also take titles

Elizaveta Tuktamisheva won the gold by more than 14 points in Innsbruck.
Elizaveta Tuktamisheva won the gold by more than 14 points in Innsbruck. (Getty Images)

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By Kristin Zinsmeister, special to icenetwork.com
(01/18/2012) - Russia and China split the gold medals in the figure skating competition at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games, which take place Jan. 13-22 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Ladies
Elizaveta Tuktamisheva of Russia took the gold medal with an overall score of 173.10 points. Skating a Latin-themed free skate, the Russian dynamo landed six triples, including a triple Lutz-triple toe. The 15-year-old recently placed sixth as a senior at the 2012 Russian Championships.

Tuktamisheva's country mate, Adelina Sotnikova, took silver. During her "Liebestraum" free skate, she completed three Level 4 spins and landed a triple flip that received positive grades of execution (GOE). She earned 159.08 points overall.

China's Zijun Li took third place with 157.70 points overall. The highlights of her "Scenes of Summer" free skate included a triple flip-double toe combination and a triple Salchow-double toe combination, along with three Level 4 spins.

Team USA's Jordan Bauth made her international debut in Innsbruck and finished seventh.

Men
China's Han Yan won gold with 192.45 points. His five-point lead after the short program grew to 25 points after his "Zigeunerweisen" free skate. The program included a triple flip-triple toe combination, a Level 4 combination spin and a triple Lutz.

Japan's Shoma Uno took the silver medal. His "Tzigane" free skate featured five triple jumps and a Level 4 flying sit spin. He moved up from sixth place after the short and accumulated 167.15 points for the competition.

In third place was Feodosi Efremenkov of Russia with 163.46 points.

Pairs
The teams ended as they began with no change in standing from the short program to the free skate.

Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin of China took gold by a 19-point margin. The highlights of their Requiem for a Dream free skate included a triple twist, side-by-side triple toes and a Level 4 pairs combination spin. The Chinese bronze medalists earned 153.82 points overall.

Russia's Lina Fedorova and Maxim Miroshkin finished second, receiving 134.19 points overall. Their teammates, Anastasia Dolidze and Vadim Ivanov, placed third with 112.72 points.

Americans Caitlin Belt and Michael Johnson finished just three points out of the medals in fourth place. They earned 109.61 points in their international debut.

Ice Dancing
Russia's Anna Yanovskaia and Sergei Mozgov, the reigning Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalists, took the top spot, garnering 146.96 points. Also winners of the short program, Yanovskaia and Mozgov skated a "Mala Luna" free dance that included three Level 4 lifts and a Level 4 spin. They won the segment by more than 12 points with a score of 86.77 points.

Aleksandra Nazarova and Maxim Nikitin earned 131.68 points and the silver medal. Representing Ukraine, they completed two Level 4 lifts along with Level 4 twizzles during their swing-themed free dance.

In third place were Maria Simonova and Dmitri Dragun of Russia. They earned 125.22 points. The highlights of their free dance included Level 4 twizzles and two level four lifts.

U.S. brother-and-sister ice dancing team Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons placed fourth with a total score of 114.22 points. They are set to next compete in the junior competition at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. Their turnaround will be short, as they are set to take the ice at HP Pavilion on Tuesday, Jan. 24.