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U.S. junior skaters hold their own

September 9, 2012
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - For the News , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The United States figure skating team fared well at the second Junior Grand Prix event in Lake Placid, which took place at the Olympic Center from Wednesday, Aug. 29 to Saturday, Sept. 1.

Joshua Farris placed first by a margin of more than 30 points to win his fourth Junior Grand Prix gold medal. His completed elements in the long program included his first-ever quad toe loop and a triple axel triple toe jump combination.

Farris' score was 146.49 points in the long program, which placed him first in the program and overall with 218.69 total points.

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Photo by Christie Sausa
United States figure skater Joshua Farris celebrates his gold medal performance in the Junior Grand Prix event at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.

Sharing the podium was second-place finisher Keiji Tanaka of Japan and the bronze medalist Roman Sadovsky of Canada in his first Junior Grand Prix event. James Schetelich, also representing the U.S., earned 11th place.

In the ice dance competition, the U.S. team triumphed, with Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton earning a score of 136.80 overall. Their free dance was better than their short dance, in which they completed level four twizzles and three level four lifts. (Level four is the highest scoring level in skating).

The Russian team of Evgenia Kosigina and Nikolai Moroshkin (135.24 points) placed second and the Canadian team of Andreanne Poulin and Marc-Andre Servant (114.71).

The other U.S. teams of Elliana Pogrebinsky and Ross Gudis and Madeline Heritage and Nathaniel Fast came in fifth and eighth place, respectively.

The winners of the Pairs competition were Canadians Margaret Purdy and Michael Marinaro, (144.72), followed by Russian team Vasilisa Davankova and Andrei Deputat (133.11).

Team USA's Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage placed third in the pairs competition, earning 130.44 points total. Their routine included a double twist, throw triple Salchow and a level four lift. However, slight errors in the program reduced their points earned, and they placed second in the long program and third overall.

Two other U.S. teams finished in the top five. Entering the free skate in third place, Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier placed fourth, while Jessica Pfund and AJ Reiss, placed fifth overall. Olivia Oltmanns and Joshua Santillan of the United States finished 12th overall.

The much-anticipated Ladies competition featured three U.S. skaters vying for a spot on the podium. Placing first was Japan's Satoko Miyahara, who completed an impressive array of triple jumps to secure a competition total of 161.65.

Courtney Hicks, the 2011 Junior National champion, placed second with a relatively smooth skate that included a triple flip triple toe jump. Her competition score of 153.77 was a personal best.

Teammate Angela Wang earned her first Junior Grand Prix medal, skating to a third-place finish. Her impressive performance included a difficult triple Lutz - triple toe - double toe jump combination.

Wang's free skate score was 20 points more than her former international points record, and her competition total score was 150.40. The last U.S. skater, Kiri Baga, placed fifth overall with a total of 142.22.

The Lake Placid Junior Grand Prix event was the second in the series, which continues September 12 through 16 in Linz, Austria.

For more information on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating series, visit the International Skating Union's website at



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