ZAGREB, Croatia – Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., won the silver medal Friday in men’s competition at the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.
Alexei Krasnozhon of the U.S. was the victor with 225.48 points followed by Phan at 221.07 and Makar Ignatov of Russia third at 219.22.
‘’I’m super happy about the performance,’’ said Phan, 16, fourth at the season opening Junior Grand Prix in Australia. ‘’I stayed focused throughout my long and thought about one thing at a time.’’
In pairs, Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Strathroy, Ont., soared from seventh after the short program to fourth overall with 150.32 points.
Polina Kostiukovich and Dmitrii Ialin of Russia took the gold with 165.48, Yumeng Gao and Zhong Xie of China were second at 164.96 and Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kovlovskii of Russia third at 163.21.
‘’The short program didn’t go as planned but we knew we had a strong long,’’ said Walsh, 16. “We just got to keep working on the connections and making sure the audience and judges are feeling the same way about it.’’
‘’We just took our time in the long and tried to do it like we do at home,’’ added Michaud, 21. ‘’We love this program and we just want to showcase it to everybody.’’
Olivia Boys-Eddy and Mackenzie Boys-Eddy of Brampton, Ont., were 10th and Chloe Choinard of Frankford, Ont., and Mathieu Ostiguy of Granby, Que., were 12th.
In ice dancing after the short dance, Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of Greenfield Park, Que., are in first place with 62.89. Ksenia Konkina and Grigory Yakushev of Russia stand second at 60.16 and their compatriots Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko are third at 59.97.
Ellie Fisher of Lower Coverdale, N.B., and Simon-Pierre Mallette-Paque of Laval, Que., are sixth.
Full results: ISU JGP Croatia Cup 2017