BRASTILAVA, Slovakia – Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., is in first place after the men’s short program Friday at the season opening competition on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

The 16-year-old Sadovsky delivered a clean program that featured his amazing flexibility. He landed his four jumps including a triple-triple combo and produced a personal best international score of 68.49 points. Vincent Zhou of the U.S. is second at 68.07 and Alexander Samarin of Russia third at 67.87.

“I felt really comfortable on the ice,” said Sadovsky, who won the Junior Grand Prix event in the Czech Republic last season. “That allowed me to be more aggressive on my jumps and I didn’t hold back. It obviously worked out for me and I got all my levels and now I’m looking forward to the long program.”

In ice dancing after Thursday’s short dance, Audrey Croteau-Villeneuve of Montreal and Jeff Hough of Russell, Ont., are sixth and Valerie Taillefer of Montreal and Jason Chan of St-Laurent, Que., are seventh.

There is no pairs competition at this event and Canada is not entered in women’s singles. The men’s free skate and the free dance are on Saturday.

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