Junior ice dancers Ashlynne Stairs and Lee Royer place fifth in Slovenia

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA: The final day of competition at the ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Ljubljana, Slovenia finished with the women’s and the ice dance events.

Ice dancers Ashlynne Stairs, 16, Calgary, Alta. and Lee Royer, 18, St. Albert, Alta finished in fifth scoring 73.62 in the free for an overall score of 124.14

“Our performances this week were definitely a lot better than our last competition. It felt a lot stronger and we got our components higher,” said Stairs.

Americans Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter took home the gold with 148.62 points, Russians Sofia Polishchuk and Alexander Vakhnov won the silver with 144.76 points, and Anastasia Skoptcova and Kirill Aleshin also of Russia took bronze with 143.78 points.

Sarah Tamura, 15, Burnaby, B.C., finished in eighth place after scoring 89.99 in the free program for an overall score of 141.41.

“I fought through this program today, definitely was not my best but I know what to work on for my next junior grand prix in two weeks. It’s a start but I have a lot of things to work on. I am proud that I fought through it and didn’t give up,” said Tamura.

Rika Kihira of Japan took gold with 194.24 points, Marin Honda also of Japan won silver with 178.75 points and Alina Zagitova of Russia won bronze with 177.38 points.

On Friday, Joseph Phan, 15, Laval, Que., finished in fifth place in the men’s category.

Canada does not have an entry in pairs at this event.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1617/jgpslo2016/

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