Third day of ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final started with Junior Men program: Shun Sato from Japan triumphed, climbing from third position after short program. All Russian athletes on the podium in Junior Pairs where Apollinariia Panfilova/Dmitry Rylov confirmed the first place in the ranking after short program. Junior Ice Dance concluded ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final: Kazakova/Reviya (GEO) won the competition for only 0.16 point on Nguyen/Kolesnik from USA.unto

Junior Men

Japan’s Shun Sato stormed to the Junior Men’s gold medal at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Torino (ITA) Saturday.  Andrei Mozalev and Daniil Samsonov of Russia claimed the silver and bronze medal. All three Junior Men competed in their first Junior Final. Yuma Kagiyama (JPN) pulled up from sixth to fourth with a solid performance (227.09 points). 2018 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist Petr Gumennik (RUS) came fifth on 212.62 points and 2019 World Junior bronze medalist Daniel Grassl (ITA), who had to skate in new boots after his old ones broke, placed sixth (195.66 points).

Skating to “Romeo and Juliet” by Nino Rota, Sato posted a personal best of 177.08 points and racked up 255.11 points to move up from third to first place. “I was very surprised at the points, I was not expecting such high points” Sato told the press.

Mozalev, in his performance to the “Step Up” soundtrack and “In This Shirt scored 159.03 points and slipped from first to second at 241.48 points overall. “I felt good after my skate, there were some errors. I’m happy with the silver, and I’m already very satisfied with getting here at all, it’s given me huge experience,” the 16-year-old noted.

Samsonov ranked fourth in the Free Skating with 152.44 points but held on to third place at 230.19 points. “Not everything worked out today, there’s still things to work on and I need to improve and try to skate better, but I’m very happy to be here considering these are the best six skaters in the world, and in my first year in the junior Grand Prix I got to the Final and won the bronze,” the russian said.

Junior Pairs

2019 World Junior silver medalists Apollinariia Panfilova/Dmitry Rylov led the Russian Junior Pairs to the third podium sweep at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Saturday in Torino (ITA). Diana Mukhametzianova/Ilya Mironov took the silver and the bronze went to Kseniia Akhanteva/Valerii Kolesov. Iuliia Artemeva/Mikhail Nazarychev (RUS) finished fourth on 178.56 points followed by Alina Pepeleva/Roman Pleshkov (RUS) on 172.53 points and Annika Hocke/Robert Kunkel (GER) who had 159.22 points.

Skating to the “Third Person” soundtrack, Panfilova/Rylov were ranked second in the Free Skating with 116. 43 points, but overall remained in at 185.23 points.

“Right after our performance we didn’t feel so good and I guess everyone knows why. After everyone had skated, we were happy that we won. We had a silver and bronze from the Junior Final and to complete the collection we now got the gold,” Panfilova commented.

Mukhametzianova/Mironov delivered a strong performance to “Chess”. The team from Perm achieved a personal best score of 118.47 points to win the Free Skating and pulled up from third to second at 184.37 points overall. “This was our first Junior Final and we have very positive emotions. It’s our best performance by points so far but not the best by the quality for sure. We are going to work on our skating skills and the quality of pair elements.” Mironov shared.

On “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, with 113.04 points, Akhanteva/Kolesov were ranked fourth in the Free Skating and slipped from second to third at 179.68 points overall. “We showed like 60 percent of what we can do. We basically lost two elements and we’re quite upset with our performance. Obviously, it is nice to be on the podium.” Kolesov said.

Junior Ice Dance

Maria Kazakova/Georgy Reviya danced right into Figure Skating history when they claimed the first ISU Junior Grand Prix Final title for Georgia . Avonley Nguyen/Vadym Kolesnik (USA) were edged out of the gold by just 0.16 points. Russia’s Elizaveta Shanaeva/Devid Naryzhnyy earned the bronze. Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva/Andrey Filatov (RUS) were less than a point behind in fourth place on 163.03 points. Loicia Demougeout/Theo Le Mercier (FRA) came fifth on 156.26 points followed by Diana Davis/Gleb Smolkin (RUS) with 152.21 points.

Kazakova/Reviya put out a captivating performance to “In the End” by Tommee Profitt Overall, the Georgians accumulated 174.90 points.

“We came out knowing that there was nothing to lose, that we worked not to be afraid of something. People came to watch us and we must show everything we worked on in practice. Of course, we have a lot of emotions now and it’s hard to realize that we won,” Reviya noted

Nguyen/Kolesnik danced to Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and they earned 106.02 points and totaled 174.74 points. “We’re a little disappointed right now but we’ll continue to keep on working. All our competitors were really strong.” Nguyen said.

Dancing to “River” by Bishop Briggs, Shanaeva/Naryzhnyy were awarded 98.01 points for a total of 164.22 points. They took the bronze in their debut at the Junior Final.“It was really fun to skate for such a big audience, I couldn’t imagine skating for this many people and even in the warm up we felt their support and it helped us through,”. Shanaeva commented.