Kaiya Ruiter shows big improvement in second ISU Junior Grand Prix appearance

EGNA, Italy – Thirteen-year-old Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary made an impressive leap in the standings in her second career ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating competition finishing sixth on Saturday in women’s competition.

Russians were 1-2 with Kseniia Sinitsyna taking the gold with 215.58 points and Anna Frolova holding onto second at 176.21. Alessia Tornaghi of Italy surged from seventh after Friday’s short program to third at 175.93.

Ruiter, fifth and still within striking distance of the podium after the short, finished with 159.07 which was eight points better than her score in an 11th place result last month in her international debut at the Junior Grand Prix stop in Latvia.

In men’s competition, Daniel Grassl of Italy took the gold medal ahead of Peter Gumennik of Russia in second and Ivan Shmuratko of Ukraine.

Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., climbed from 14th to 13th overall.

On Friday, Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto won the silver medal in ice dancing.

Full results: ISU JGP Egna / Neumarkt 2019

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