Monday, October 05, 2009

Junior Grand Prix: Germany

Last week brought the conclusion of the Junior Grand Prix Event in Dresden, Germany. Team USA had a much better event than they had in Belarus.

While Team USA did not get a medal in the men's event. We did achieve a respectable 4th and 5th place finish with Grant Hochstein and Richard Dornbush respectively. The Gold went to China's Nan Song, who rallied from 4th place in the short to take the title (and better his silver from the previous week in Belarus). Russian Artur Gachinski who edged Song in Belarus took the silver while fellow Russian Gordei Gorshkov took the bronze (as he did in Poland).

In Pairs, Americans Simpson and Miller improved upon their showing in Lake Placid to win the bronze medal. It was a repeat of the top two from Minsk, Belarus with China again dominating with Zhang and Wang taking the silver and Sui and Han again winning the Gold.

In Ice Dance, Americans Gilles and Donohue narrowly held on to win the Bronze medal by .04 points. Italians Alessandrini and Vaturi took the silver medal with Russians Pushkash and Guerreiro, in their debut as a team together, winning the Gold (see the video below).

The big story for Team USA was amongst the ladies where the U.S. took the top two spots. Kiri Baga, in her international debut, won the ladies title. Behind her was fellow American Angela Maxwell. Russia's Polina Agafonova was third.

Full results can be seen here. Only two more stops on the Junior Grand Prix left. This week skaters hit the ice in Zagreb, Croatia. Also, we are just under two weeks away from the start of the Senior Grand Prix in Paris, France.

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