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Rippon wins another crown while Americans add to lead in dance

Rippon wins another crown while Americans add to lead in dance

American Adam Rippon won the junior world figure skating title on Thursday.
He'd won the junior Grand Prix Final in December and the U.S. junior title last month, and was the favorite in Sofia.
Rippon finished with 199.90 points, easily beating Russia's Artem Borodulin (194.77) and China's Guan Jinlin (189.60).
"It feels great," Rippon said. "I wish I just could have skated a little bit better, but I'm so happy with the result."
Brandon Mroz, who was second to Rippon at both the junior Grand Prix Final and U.S. championships, was fifth.
Also, Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates of the United States extended their lead in the ice dancing competition by winning the original dance.
Rippon, the leader after the short program, did six triple jumps, including a triple flip-triple toe loop combination. He didn't do a triple axel, doing two double axels instead, but he earned the highest levels _ level four _ for all three of his spins, and level threes on both of his footwork sequences.
His only flaw was on what was supposed to be a double axel-triple salchow sequence. He had one step too many between the jumps, so he didn't get credit for the salchow.
"I was hoping it would be enough, but I didn't think I had skated well enough to hold the lead after the free skate," said Rippon, who was the first of the top men to skate. "But I'm happy with the overall result."
Borodulin opened with a soaring triple axel, but he stepped out of the second jump on a triple lutz-triple toe combination. He came back to land five more triples, and earned a level four for his combination spin.
Samuelson and Bates won the original dance despite a brief slip by Bates in their side-by-side footwork. The Americans, who were the silver medalists at the junior Grand Prix Final, made up for the error by getting level fours for all but one of their other elements. That other element, a spin, earned a level three.
Samuelson and Bates have 92.95 total points, putting them more than two points ahead of Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier of Canada heading into Friday's free dance. Two Russian couples, Kristina Gorshkova and Vitali Butikov (88.98) and Maria Monko and Ilia Tkachenko (88.69) are next.


Updated : 2021-04-14 10:59 GMT+08:00