Luke Broussard secured a gold medal at the ISU Junior Figure Skating Series Grand Prix in Gdansk, Poland, his first JGP of the season.
Broussard improved from his fifth place finish in the short program (69.12) to second place in the free program (140.27) and first place overall (209.39). He completed a triple loop and two level 4 spins in his short program on Adios Nonino, but his long program was his best. He received all positive execution grades, opening with a triple toe and continuing the combination with a triple flip Euler triple Salchow combination, a triple Lutz triple toe and a triple Lutz double toe combination. The 16-year-old also achieved the highest score of the program components and personal bests in all classifications.
Youdong Chen of China was second with 201.84 points while Raffaele Francesco Zich of Italy took bronze with 200.73 points.
Traveled to Poland with a fifth place finish at the Junior Grand Prix in France last month, Michael Xie moved up to seventh overall after placing 10th in the shorts and fourth in the free skate. With an impressive triple axel sequence and triple axel at the beginning of the program, followed by a triple lutz euler triple salchow combination and two level 4 spins, he scored 131.97 points in the open and 193, 48 overall, both personal bests.
teammate Joseph Klein scored a new personal best of 70.13 in his short program on Cody Fry’s “I Hear a Symphony” and also earned the highest overall score for the program components in the short program segment. His The Mask of Zoro Free Skate involved a triple flip double toe combination and a triple flip and scored 117.37 points. He scored a total of 187.50 and finished ninth.
She competed in her second Junior Grand Prix of the season after finishing fifth at JGP France. Sure Seo ended up in eighth place with 170.33 points. Josephine Lee finished right behind her in ninth place with 169.01 points in her first JGP of the season and set new international personal bests in the short program, freestyle and overall. Logan Higase Chen placed 15th in her JGP debut with a score of 143.97.
Mao Shimada and Mone Chiba of Japan took the top two spots on the podium while Chaeyeon Kim of Korea took bronze.
Team USA Ice Dancers Helena Carhart and Volodymyr Horovyi, Romy Malcolm and Noah Lafornaraand Kristina Bland and Matthew Sperry all achieved top 10 rankings.
Carhart and Horovyi came fifth into the free dance after the rhythm dance and were able to hold on to fifth place overall. They completed a Level 4 combination lift and a Level 4 dance twist in their expressive contemporary free dance to Tom Odell’s “Long Way Down” and “Another Love” and achieved international personal bests in the free dance with scores of 85.15 and 145.46, respectively in the total score , respectively.
Malcolm and Lafornara totaled 134.78 points for ninth place on their international debut. Bland and Sperry, who finished right behind them in 10th place, set new personal bests in all three of their performances with 54.45 points in rhythm dancing, 78.41 points in free dancing and 132.86 points overall.
The ice dance event was won by Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont from Canada. Great Britain’s Phebe Bekker and James Hernandez took silver and France’s Celina Bradji and Jean-Hans Fourneaux took bronze.
The next Junior Grand Prix of the figure skating series will be held from October 5th to 8th in Gdansk, Poland.