Chinese pair Wenjing Sui and Cong Han made it look easy as they earned their third consecutive World Junior title, joining the Soviet Union’s Natalia Krestianinova and Alexei Torchinski as the only pairs teams to win three straight World Junior titles.
Their teammates Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin claimed the silver medal and Russia’s Vasilisa Davankova and Andrei Deputat won the bronze.
Sui and Han, who won their first senior title last month at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., turned in a dazzling free skate to earn 116.40 points. Skating to “The Soul of Flamenco,” they impressed with a quadruple twist and a quadruple throw Salchow and side by side double Axels. Their competition score of 175.69 was more than eight points higher than Yu and Yang, who earned 167.48.
Yu and Yang, the Winter Youth Olympic Games gold medalists, turned in a season-best free skate score of 112.76 points, completing a triple twist and side by side double Axel-double Axel sequence. They performed to Requiem for a Dream.
The Russian pair made a strong international debut, jumping from fifth place after the short program to earn the bronze with their “Romeo and Juliet” free skate that earned 103.16 points. Their competition score was 153.66. The Russian junior champions had level 4 spins and a level 4 death spiral.
That performance kept Americans Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, who turned in two personal-best performances, off the medals podium. Skating to music from the Pearl Harbor soundtrack, Denney and Frazier performed a triple twist and two triple throw jumps to earn fourth place with 150.55 points. They earned 99.74 in the free skate.
With a solid showing, Team USA retained three pairs spots for the 2013 World Junior Championships, which will be held in Milan, Italy. Training mates Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton skated well, earning personal-best scores in the short (48.24) and free skate (85.69) for a competition score of 133.93 points and eighth place. U.S. junior silver medalists Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer climbed up a notch after the short program and finished 10th with a total 127.93 points. The three U.S. teams train under coaches Dalilah Sappenfield and Larry Ibarra in Colorado Springs, Colo.
American Joshua Farris showed off his powerful jumps to win the short program and edge China’s Han Yan by just 0.55 points. Skating to “Clair de Lune,” Farris earned a personal-best 75.43 points, while Yan finished with a seasons-best 74.88. Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten is in third place with 73.78 points.
Farris, 17, opened with a strong triple Axel followed by a triple flip-triple toe combination and triple Lutz. His three spins each earned a level 4. Farris trains in Colorado Springs, Colo., with coaches Christy Krall and Damon Allen. Farris, who competed at the U.S. Championships as a senior, placed third at the 2011 Junior Grand Prix Final.
Yan, the 15-year-old Chinese powerhouse, also performed a clean triple Axel, triple flip-triple toe and a level 4 flying sit spin, but a level 2 on his camel spin was difference between first and second places. He skated to “Waltz No. 2” by Dmitri Shostakovitch.
Performing to “Rachmaninov’s Elegie op. 3,” Ten, 18, performed a triple Axel and triple flip-triple toe and triple Lutz to stay in contention.
After a personal-best 70.20 points in the short program, American Jason Brown, 17, is in medal contention in fourth place. He received high program components and executed a triple flip-triple toe combination. Brown, who placed ninth as a senior at the U.S. Championships, is the 2011 Junior Grand Prix Final champion. He is coached by Kori Ade and trains in the Chicago area.
U.S. junior silver medalist Timothy Dolensky, 19, is in ninth place with 57.73 points, a personal best. Skating to his original composition “Windfall,” he performed a triple loop-triple toe loop. Dolensky is coached by Debbie Prachar and Brittney Bottoms in Kennesaw, Ga.