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Trusova rides stellar programs to title in Brisbane

Nguyen, Cui finish fifth, sixth; Russians earn dance gold, bronze medals
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Alexandra Trusova accrued a two-day total of 197.69 points, a score that was more than enough to help the talented Russian secure the gold medal at JGP Australia. -Getty Images

Alexandra Trusova backed up her solid short program with an enchanting free skate, enabling her to secure the gold medal at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Brisbane, Australia on Friday. Trusova was joined in the champions circle by Russian teammates Sofia Polishchuk and Alexander Vakhnov, who won both the short and free dances en route to claiming their own title.


Trusova's stay in Brisbane was surely worthwhile, as the talented Russian -- who finished fourth at the 2017 Russian Junior Championships -- secured a new personal-best mark of 132.12 for her Vivaldi free skate, helping her sew up the victory.

The 13-year-old included a crisp triple lutz-triple loop combination in her free skate, which yielded 13.01 points, as well as a triple lutz-triple toe, an element that garnered an additional 12.63 points. Her new personal-high overall score of 197.69 points placed her 16-plus points ahead of teammate Anastasiia Guliakova, who earned silver with 181.43 points.

Japan's Riko Takino (174.16 points) and Akari Matsuoka (168.05) finished third and fourth, respectively, while Team USA's Kaitlyn Nguyen (161.42) and Ting Cui (150.95) locked up fifth and sixth place.

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By picking up 84.78 points for their Black Swan free dance, Polishchuk and Vakhnov -- who were fourth at last season's Russian junior championships -- ended their visit to Brisbane with a new personal-best total of 145.86 and a JGP gold medal.

Canadians Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha were second after the short dance, and they'd remain in the same spot when it was all said and done, locking up the silver medal with a two-day total of 138.92 points.

Russia's Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Nikita Nazarov won the bronze medal with an event total of 131.80 points.

Americans Eliana Gropman and Ian Somerville (127.60 points), and Chloe Lewis and Logan Bye (124.40) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.