Canada’s Joseph Phan wins bronze at ISU Junior Grand Prix

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Toronto-based Joseph Phan won the bronze medal Saturday in men’s competition at the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Andrei Mozalev of Russia won the gold medal with 217.12 points, Camden Pulkinen of the U.S. followed for silver at 212.45 and Phan scored 207.80. He was third after the short program Friday and earned the second best score in the free skate.

“I’m really happy right now after a tough first Grand Prix,” said Phan, 17, ninth earlier this month in the Ukraine.  “We made some changes to my program so I could feel more comfortable and it’s paid off.”

Aleksa Rakic, 13, of Burnaby, B.C. was sixth at 185.08, two positions better than at the season opening event in Slovakia.

“I just came here opening to do better than at the first stop,” said Rakic. “In the free I just wanted to keep fighting and not let doubt creep into my mind. It just felt a lot better this week because I knew what to expect.”

The sixth stop on the circuit is this Thursday to Saturday in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Full results: ISU JGP Czech Skate 2018

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