World Junior Champions Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya/Harley Windsor of Australia added another title to their resume when they grabbed the Junior Pairs gold medal at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final in Nagoya (JPN).Russia’s Appollinariia Panfilova/Dmitry Rylov and Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin took the silver and bronze medals.
Alexandrovskaya/Windsor’s program to “The Mask” was highlighted by a triple twist, triple toe-double toe-double toe combination, a throw triple flip, throw triple Salchow and level-four lifts. The only major glitch came when he fell on the side by side triple Salchow. The Australians picked up 113.59 points for this performance for a total of 173.85 points to overtake the overnight leaders.
“It was a little tough, at least for me. There was one big mistake but we are happy that we pushed through it and everything else was relatively ok. We are not happy but we are not upset about our skate. We will slowly increase our training, get more consistent in practice and hopefully our confidence will build and we'll be able to perform a lot better in competition,” Windsor commented. “Our goals for the Olympics, we're not there not win a medal, we want to skate two of the best program that we can and our ultimate goal is to finish in the top twelve,” he added.
Skating to ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Panfilova/Rylov completed a triple twist, double Axel, throw triple loop and throw triple flip. With 112.20 points, the team from Perm improved their personal best significantly. They were ranked third in the Free Skating but finished second overall on 173.01 points.
“I am satisfied with our performance. I think we lost points on the jumps, we only do double Axel and a double-double combination. We want to add a triple jump for the next competition, which is senior Nationals,” Panfilova pointed out. “I am in shock. I did not expect that (a medal) All the others have triples in their program and we don’t,” her partner commented.
Pavliuchenko/Khodykin landed a triple toe-triple toe sequence, a triple twist, triple Salchow and throw triple loop in their routine to ‘Chicago’. The Muscovites were ranked second in the Free Skating with a personal best of 113.43 points and overall remained in third place on 172.94 points. “It was exciting. I had a little mistake and was not good, but still okay. Of course we need to think over what we did but for now I think we did well. But we have to work more to get better,” Pavliuchenko told the press.
World Junior bronze medalists Yumeng Gao/Zhong Xie (CHN) remained in fourth place on 165.03 points while World Junior silver medalists Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii (RUS) pulled up one spot to come fifth on 160.80 points, just ahead of Anastasia Poluianova/Dmitry Sopot (RUS) on 160.47 points.