The Russians continue to dominate the ladies events on the Junior Grand Prix series this season, with 2009 Russian champion Adelina Sotnikova taking the title at Cup of Austria in convincing fashion. Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Christina Gao won her fourth JGP medal, finishing just behind Sotnikova for the silver. In the men’s event, China’s Han Yan won his second career JGP title.
After fellow Russians Polina Shelepen and Elizaveta Tuktamisheva took the first two JGP events of the season, Sotnikova upstaged both of them with a seven-triple free skate and the highest total score of the season. Yet another of Russia’s rising stars, Sotnikova showed off why she was the Russian champion two years ago at the age of 12, landing a triple lutz-triple loop combination in the free skate en route to a total score of 178.97, which was higher than Yan’s total score in the men’s event.
Fifth at last year’s U.S. Nationals, Gao impressed as well, winning the silver with a six-triple free skate and racking up the second highest point total of the season. After winning three bronze medals last year in the JGP series, she picks up her first silver this week at Cup of Austria. The top two ladies finished well over 20 points ahead of the rest of the competition. China’s Zijun Li took the bronze. American Lindsay Davis, fourth after the short, had a disappointing free skate and finished in 12th place.
Yan, the reigning Chinese national champion, won the men’s event, his second gold after winning last year’s JGP Istanbul. He pulled up from fifth with six-triple free skate for a total score of 170.48. Russia took the other two medals, with Artem Girgoriev, the leader after the short, and Zhan Bush taking the silver and bronze, respectively. American Richard Dornbush missed the podium on a technicality, having his second triple lutz combination invalidated, which cost him valuable points. The other American entry in the event, Alexander Zahradnicek, finished in ninth.
LADIES (Top 10 Final Standings)
1. Adelina Sotnikova RUS – 178.97
2. Christina Gao USA – 167.14
3. Zijun Li CHN – 144.76
4. Ira Vannut BEL – 130.16
5. Monika Simancikova SVK – 125.64
6. Patricia Glescic SLO – 125.46
7. Polina Agafonova RUS – 124.24
8. Yukiko Fujisawa JPN – 122.88
9. Alina Milevskaia UKR – 120.19
10. Julia Pfrengle GER – 119.16
MEN (Top 10 Final Standings)
1. Han Yan CHN – 170.48
2. Artem Grigoriev RUS – 166.04
3. Zhan Bush RUS – 164.56
4. Richard Dornbush USA – 161.90
5. Fumiya Itai JPN – 158.71
6. Samuel Morais CAN – 156.55
7. Jorik Hendrickx BEL – 154.99
8. Petr Coufal CZE – 153.14
9. Alexander Zahradnicek USA – 147.25
10. Ryuichi Kihara JPN – 146.85
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