Stephen Gogolev places fifth at ISU Junior Grand Prix

ZAGREB, Croatia – Stephen Gogolev of Toronto took fifth spot in men’s competition at the Crotian Cup on Friday, the sixth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Russia won gold and silver with Andrei Mozalev first at 236.44 and Artur Danielian second at 223.82. Shun Sato of Japan was third at 219.69.

The 14-year-old Gogolev, last year’s junior Grand Prix Final champion, was sixth after Thursday’s short program and produced the fifth best free skate to move up one spot overall.

Skating to a Peter Gabriel medley, he had a great start and strong end to his free skate landing a triple Axel, quad Salchow and triple flip-triple toe combo.  It was at that point he experienced difficulties singling two jumps before finishing with two successful combinations.

Aleksa Rakic of Burnaby, B.C., was 12th. Both Gogolev and Rakic placed second in their earlier Grand Prix assignments this season.

In pairs, Iuliia Artemeva and Mikhail Nazarychev led Russia to a 1-2 finish.

Chloe Panetta of Laval, Que., and Benjamin Mimar of Terrebonne, Que., were eighth and Patricia Andrew of London, Ont., and Zachary Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., 10th.

Canada’s medal hopes likely lie in the ice dancing competition with two couples in the medal hunt after Friday’s rhythm dance.

Maria Kazakova and Georgy Reviya of Georgia are first at 65.97, Sofya Tyutyunina and Alexander Shustitskiy of Russia are second at 64.34 while Emmy Bronsard and Aissa Bouaraguia of Montreal follow after a personal best 59.63.

Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., are right behind in fifth at 58.41.

Alison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., stands eighth after Thursday’s women’s short program.

The women’s free skate and free dance are on Saturday.

Full results: ISU JGP Croatia Cup 2019

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