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Fedorova, Miroshkin top Canadians in pairs short

Top three teams all record season-best scores; Reigning world junior silver medalists sit fifth

Lina Fedorova and Maxim Miroshkin are endeavoring to become the first Russian pair to win the Junior Grand Prix Final since 2008.
Lina Fedorova and Maxim Miroshkin are endeavoring to become the first Russian pair to win the Junior Grand Prix Final since 2008. (Getty Images)

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By International Skating Union
(12/06/2012) - Russia's Lina Fedorova and Maxim Miroshkin took the lead in the pairs short program Thursday at the 2012 Junior Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia.

Canadians Margaret Purdy and Michael Marinaro edged Vasilisa Davankova and Andrei Deputat of Russia by 0.49 points for second place.

Performing to Singin' in the Rain, Fedorova and Miroshkin completed a throw triple Salchow and double Axel, as well as a triple twist, lift and footwork that were all graded Level 4. Their side-by-side spin, however, was out of sync, as Fedorova finished earlier than her partner.

The couple from Moscow achieved a season-best 54.37 points.

"We could have done better, but now we are satisfied," Fedorova said. "We had butterflies in our stomachs."

"I can't say this performance was the best of the season. [The mistake on the spin] was very unexpected. I told myself to keep my focus, as there are only two elements left, but the mistake happened."

Purdy stumbled on her double Axel, but the team produced a throw triple Salchow, as well as a step sequence, spin and lift that were all deemed Level 4.

The Canadians earned 51.83 points, their highest score of the season.

"We got a personal best, which was our goal today, and we achieved that. A couple of little mistakes, but, overall, we're very happy with how we skated today," Marinaro said.

Davankova and Deputat's performance to The Godfather featured a solid double Axel, throw triple Salchow, Level 3 death spiral and Level 4 spin.

The world junior bronze medalists earned a season's best as well, accumulating 51.34 points.

"Even though we have already been to an ISU World Junior Championships, competing at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final is a big deal for us," Davankova said. "We were very nervous, actually. The junior worlds last season was like, 'Oh, cool, we are going to the worlds! Let's have fun.' But now we feel certain pressure. We feel that need to prove that we are a leading team and will remain one."

Russia's Maria Vigalova and Egor Zakroev came in fourth with 50.76 points, while world junior silver medalists Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin of China placed fifth (50.34 points). Canadians Brittany Jones and Ian Beharry stand in sixth with 48.11 points.