France’s Angélique Abachkina and Louis Thauron edged out Team USA’s Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko for ice dance gold, while Russia’s Roman Savosin earned a comfortable victory in the men’s event Saturday to wrap up competition at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Saint Gervais, France, on Saturday.
Abachkina and Thauron held onto their slim lead following the short dance by turning in a personal-best, 91.06-point free dance. The French duo earned positive Grades of Execution (GOEs) for all seven elements of their Spartacus free, coming away with a total score of 152.17 for their first JGP gold medal.
Carreira and Ponomarenko earned their second career JGP silver medal with an overall score 148.38 points. Skating to “Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3 (Redemption)” by Muse, the U.S. junior pewter medalists’ two lifts gained Level 4’s, and the team came away with a new personal-best free dance score with 87.94 points.
Russia’s Sofia Polishchuk and Alexander Vakhnov rallied from fifth after the short dance to earn bronze with 137.77 points.
Team USA’s Eliana Gropman and Ian Somerville placed ninth in their JGP debut with an overall score of 113.66.
Savosin rallied from second after the short program to claim gold in his JGP debut, besting the field by nearly eight points with an overall score of 198.28. The Russian junior bronze medalist opened his free with a clean quadruple toe and placed second in the segment with 130.84 points.
Skating to music from Once Upon a Time in America, Ilia Skirda rallied from ninth after the short program to earn silver in his JGP debut with a total score of 190.54. The Russian skater finished first in the free skate with 134.47 points, earning positive GOEs for each of his elements, including an opening triple lutz-triple toe combination.
Japan’s Koshiro Shimada landed on the podium at JGP event for the first time in his career with a total tally of 186.18 points, good for bronze.
Team USA’s Tomoki Hiwatashi finished in sixth with a total of 180.94 points, while his teammate, Oleksiy Melnyk, placed ninth with 165.81 points.