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Carreira, Ponomarenko collect gold in Salzburg

Russia's Tarakanova grabs ladies lead; Team USA's Andrews sits fourth
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By registering a free dance score of 87.57 points and an event mark of 145.39, Team USA's Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko earned the gold medal at JGP Austria. -Getty Images

Russia's Anastasia Tarakanova won the ladies short program Friday at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Salzburg, Austria, while Americans Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko took top honor in ice dance.


Tarakanova showcased a sound triple flip-triple toe combination as well as a triple lutz in her Ludovico Einaudi short, and her segment score of 66.68 points was good for a near two-point lead over South Korea's Eunsoo Lim, who slotted second after registering a personal-best mark of 64.79.

Japan's Mako Yamashita, who performed her short program to Maksim Mrvica's rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody," secured 64.49 points to round out the top three.

U.S. skater Starr Andrews (59.93 points) sits in fourth place, while teammate Angelina Huang (41.68) finished 18th.

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Carreira and Ponomarenko held a slim lead over the French team of Natacha Lagouge and Corentin Rahier following the short dance, and after accruing 87.57 points for their Abel Korzeniowski free dance, the Americans were able to celebrate their visit to Salzburg with a gold medal.

Russia's Ksenia Konkina and Grigory Yakushev earned the silver medal by moving up from third after the short dance, while Lagouge and Rahier -- who stumbled to a fourth-place finish in the segment -- settled for the bronze medal with an overall score of 129.90 points.

The second Russian team in the field, comprised of Evgeniia Lopareva and Alexey Karpushov, narrowly missed the podium with 129.17 points.

Team USA's Isabella Amoia and Luca Becker ended the competition in eighth place.