That Was The Week That Was In Skating (29 August – 4 September)

We take a quick look back at what happened in the world of skating over the course of the past week.

Ostrava Hosts Second Stage of Junior Grand Prix Series

The ISU Junior Grand Prix Series moved on to the second round in Ostrava, Czech Republic and once again Russian skaters took top honours in both of the singles events.

Dmitri Aliev from Russia attempted two quadruple toe loops in his free skating to win his third Junior Grand Prix of his career to date with a total score of 232.83. There was a quadruple loop attempt by Alexei Krasnozhon from the United States in his free that didn’t come off, but he was still able to hold on to the silver medal. Roman Savosin from Russia followed his victory in St. Gervais last week with a third place and became the first skater to book his place in the Junior Grand Prix Final in December.

Anastasiia Gubanova from Russia rallied from second place after the short program to win her very first international competition with a total of 185.59. Rika Kihira from Japan had held the lead after the short, but a fall in the free on a triple Axel saw her drop down to second and narrowly miss out on gold by 0.08 points. Alisa Lozko from Russia finished third.

There was delight for the home crowd with Anna Duskova and Martin Bidar from the Czech Republic claiming the pairs title with a total score of 161.49. The Czechs were actually beaten in the free by Amina Atakhanova and Ilia Spiridonov from Russia who came second overall, while Chelsea Liu and Brian Johnson from the U.S. were further back in third.

Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter from the U.S. dominated the ice dance event in Ostrava and won the title with a margin of over 16 points. Nicole Kuzmich and Alexandr Sinicyn from the Czech Republic added to the hosts medal haul with a silver. Arina Ushakova and Maxim Nekrasov took the bronze.

You can find the full set of results for the event here.




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