Stephen Gogolev wins silver medal at ISU Junior Grand Prix

LAKE PLACID, New York – Stephen Gogolev of Toronto survived a shaky free skate to win the silver medal in men’s competition on Friday at the second stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Shun Sato of Japan took the gold with 217.12 points, Gogolev followed for silver at 203.70 and Gleb Lutfullin of Russia was third at 203.50. Gogolev was second after the short program on Thursday.

Skating to a Peter Gabriel medley, Gogolev produced the fifth best free skate of the night. The 14-year-old Junior Grand Prix Final champion in 2018, fell on his first two jumps – a triple Axel and quad Salchow before coming back to land two combos.

“It was a bit shaky in the beginning,” said Gogolev, second at senior nationals last season. “I made a mistake on the Axel and it kind of fell apart on the Salchow as well. But I’m happy I was able to get up and do the rest of the program. This program goes through many emotions and that’s what I like about it.”

Beres Clements of Burnaby, B.C., was ninth.

In ice dancing after the rhythm dance, Miku Makita and Tyler Gunara of Vancouver stand third with 61.32 points. Avonley Nguyen and Vadim Kolesnik of the U.S. are first at 66.17 and Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin of Russia second at 62.12.

Irina Galiyanova and Grayson Lochhead of Scarborough, Ont., are seventh at 48.79.

After the short proram in women’s competition, Emily Bausback of Vancouver stands fifth at 55.71. Alysa Liu of the U.S. leads the field with 69.30.

On Thursday in pairs, Russian teams stand 1-2-3 after the short program. Brooke McIntosh and Brandon Toste of Toronto are seventh and Gabrielle Levesque of Bridgewater, N.S., and  Pier-Alexandre Hudon of St-Roch-des-Aulnaies Que., are eighth.

The free skates in pairs, women’s and ice dancing are on Saturday.

Full results: ISU JGP Lake Placid 2019

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