Calhoun, Naumov snag juvenile crowns in Omaha

Bautista, Weston take silver in entertaining competition

Karolina Calhoun's "Ave Maria" free skate was rated tops among the juvenile girls.
Karolina Calhoun's "Ave Maria" free skate was rated tops among the juvenile girls. (Melanie Hoyt)


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By Mimi Whetstone, special to
(01/26/2013) - The juvenile girls and boys titles were awarded Saturday at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where Karolina Calhoun won a ladies event laced with grace and style.

"It feels really exciting," Calhoun said. "After I landed my last jump, I went into my layback spin and I knew that I had done a really good job."

Calhoun earned 49.25 points for her free skate to "Ave Maria," which included a double Lutz-double loop combination, and bested her competitors by nearly three points. In addition to technical content, Calhoun's seamless transitions and twizzles earned a program components score of 25 points, the highest of the event.

Winning the silver medal, Maxine Marie Bautista finished her free skate with a Level 4 combination spin that showcased her outstanding flexibility. Bautista finished with 46.76 points, edging bronze medalist Akari Nakahara, who netted 46.66 points. In fourth place, Krystal Edwards finished with 44.12 points.

The juvenile boys event, won by 12-year-old Maxim Maumov, was highlighted by an abundance of showmanship and pizazz. Less than one point separated the top three skaters, each of whom earned more than 20 points for their program components.

"I'm really happy," Maumov said. "All the work that I've done paid off, and I'm really excited."

Maumov's free skate, set to "Rock Prelude" by David Garrett and "Dramatico" by Edvin Marton, featured two double Axels, including a double Axel-double toe combination that netted 3.70 points. He earned 46.59 points for the day and won the gold medal after a seventh-place finish at last year's U.S. Junior Championships.

Less than a point behind, silver medalist Kendrick Weston earned 46.28 points for his "Brigade" free skate, which included an impressive double Axel-double loop combination. In third place, Sasha Lunin finished with 46.11 points, just ahead of Dinh Tran, who finished fourth with 45.77 points.