The dance and pairs competition at this week’s Cup of Austria, the third stop of the Junior Grand Prix series, were the first to award their medals. Americans Charlotte Lichtman and Dean Copely gave the U.S. its first gold in ice dance in the series, while Russians Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov win their first gold in the pairs competition. Cup of Austria is the first Junior Grand Prix event this season to include a pairs event
Lichtman and Copely, who were eighth at last season’s U.S. Nationals on the junior level, finished with a total score of 129.96, the second highest achieved this season. They became the first non-Russian team to win a JGP event this season. Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin took the silver. The two top teams were heads above the rest, finishing over eleven points ahead of the other competitors. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron taking France’s first medal in the series with the bronze. The second American team, Anastasia Olson and Jordan Cowan, finished sixth.
World junior bronze medalists and Russian junior champions Stolbova and Klimov ran away with the pairs event, scoring personal bests in both phases of the competition with a total of 159.79. They were impressive in the free skate, showing off a flawless throw triple flip. World junior champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han, undefeated last year, were daring in their free skate, attempting both a throw quad salchow and a quad twist lift. But their quad twist was underrotated and they had falls on both side-by-side jump elements, leaving them with the silver medal for the first time in the Junior Grand Prix.
Sui and Hong’s teammates, Chinese silver medalists Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin, rounded out the podium in their first Junior Grand Prix event. The Americans had three other entries in this event. The highest-ranked team was Brynn Carman and AJ Reiss, who were fifth in their second career JGP competition. Mandy Garza and Brandon Frazier finished in eighth and Olivia Oltmanns and Joshua Santillan finished eleventh. Both teams were making their debuts in the Junior Grand Prix circuit.
PAIRS (Top 10 Final Stndings)
1. Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov RUS – 159.79
2. Wenjing Sui and Cong Han CHN – 145.67
3. Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin CHN – 135.04
4. Tatiana Danilova and Andrei Novoselov RUS – 121.13
5. Brynn Carman and AJ Reiss USA – 117.36
6. Brittany Jones and Kurtis Gaskell CAN – 116.76
7. Klara Kadlecova and Petr Bidar CZE – 116.25
8. Mandy Garza and Brandon Frazier USA – 113.24
9. Kristina Astakhova and Nikita Bochkov RUS – 108.71
10. Kristen Tikel and Ian Beharry CAN – 104.95
DANCE (Top 10 Final Standings)
1. Charlotte Lichtman and Dean Copely USA – 129.96
2. Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin RUS – 126.62
3. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron FRA – 115.14
4. Valeria Zenkova and Valerie Sinitsin RUS – 111.80
5. Maria Nosulia and Evgen Kholoniuk UKR – 109.17
6. Anastasia Olson and Jordan Cowan USA – 108.12
7. Ramona Elsener and Florian Roost SUI – 104.27
8. Irina Shtork and Taavi Rand EST – 102.06
9. Edrea Khong and Edbert Khong CAN – 100.13
10. Nikola Visnova and Lukas Csolley SVK – 93.62
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