The second stage of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating rolled into Salzburg, Austria this weekend with some more superb performances from the rising stars of the sport.
For the second week in a row, one of Eteri Tutberidze’s charges took the ladies title. Anastasia Tarakanova from Russia skated two flawless programmes to claim her debut Junior Grand Prix title. Eunsoo Lim from Korea and Mako Yamashita from Japan claimed the silver and bronze medals respectively. Last season’s Junior Grand Prix Final silver medallist Anastasiia Gubanova could only finish a disappointing fourth.
Despite a fall in the short programme, two time violations in both of his routines and neither of his triple Axels coming off in the free skating, Camden Pulkinen from the United States was a comfortable winner of the men’s title. France’s Luc Economides captured his first Junior Grand Prix medal in his second season on the circuit by holding on to silver. Egor Murashov from Russia leaped in the standing from 14th after the short to third overall.
It was a good weekend for Team USA with Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko coming up trumps in the ice dance event. Carreira fell on a twizzle in the short dance, but things were altogether smoother in the free dance. This was the Americans first Junior Grand Prix title. Ksenia Konkina and Grigory Yakushev from Russia and Natacha Lagouge and Corentin Rahier from France rounded out the podium in that order.
The ISU Junior Grand Prix moves on next week to Riga, Latvia.