Golden Skate

Ovcharova leads ladies after Short Program

Anna Ovcharova of Russia is currently first after the Short Program, while Japan’s Kanako Murakami is close on her heels by less than a point. Russia’s Polina Agafonova sits in third.

Ovcharova skated a clean and upbeat routine to a Jazz medley which featured a triple flip, triple Lutz-double loop, and a double Axel. The 13-year-old earned positive Grades of Execution (GoE) on all of her elements as well as a level 4 for her three spins and a level 3 for good straight line footwork. She placed first with a new personal best of  59.80 (36.20/23.60) points.

“I felt very nervous today,” confessed the Russian junior silver medalist. “I didn’t believe my eyes, when my score was so high. I’m really glad about this. I wanted to do everything in this competition for my Short Program and I did.”

Murakami produced a triple toe-triple toe,  a triple flip and a double Axel in her Flamenco routine, however the second jump of her combo was downgraded.The reigning Junior Grand Prix Final Champion also earned a level 4 on all of her spins as well as high GoEs, scoring 59.00 (34.60/24.40) points for second place.

Murakami had the highest Program Component score (24.40) of the 55 ladies.

“I am disappointed with my jump combination, because it was downgraded,” said the 15-year-old. “However, the other elements were better than in practice. This competition was my target for the season, and it’s still like a dream to be here.”

Agafonova had an edge call on a triple flip, but landed a triple Lutz-triple toeloop in her routine to otherwise showed good spins and footwork in her routine to a Basque-themed dance. The 13-year-old also displayed good level 4 spins, including a layback that garnered +1.30 GoEs. She currently sits in third with a new personal best of 56.28 (34.28/22.00) points.

“I didn’t expect at all such a high placement,” the Russian Junior Champion told the press. “Afterall, I’m for the first time at this competition. Basically I skated a good program and I did everything I can do. I changed my Short Program (after the Junior Grand Prix series), because both my programs turned out to be rather serious and I wanted to show a different style.”

Kate Charbonneau of Canada scored a new personal best of 53.80 (33.08/20.72) points for fourth place after her routine to Malaguena. The 16-year-old landed a triple toe-double toe, a triple flip, and a double Axel. She also earned a level 4 on all of her spins, as well a level 4 on a very good spiral sequence.

USA’s Kiri Baga stepped out of a triple flip and put her hand down on a double Axel in her skate to Danse Macabre. The 14-year-old otherwise landed a triple Salchow-double toeloop, and showed good footwork and level 4 spins. She is currently fifth with      52.28 points.

Joshi Helgesson of Sweden is currently sixth with 52.10 points. Her routine featured a triple Lutz-double toe, a triple flip, and a double Axel, however the flip received an edge call.

Russia’s  Polina Shelepen is currently in seventh (51.42), followed by USA’s Agnes Zawadzki (50.98) points.

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