American skaters lead after first day at Junior Grand Prix stage in France

Clare Seo at the 2021-22 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating event in Courchevel, France. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

The first day of the 2021-22 ISU Junior Grand Prix series event in Courchevel, France saw figure skaters from North America take the lead after the short program events in both the junior women’s and the junior men’s disciplines.

In the junior women’s competition, the United States’ Clare Seo took the top position heading into tomorrow’s free skate. The 14-year-old landed a triple flip and a double axel to begin her short program, and landed a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination as well. She earned a performance score of 63.43 points.

Second after the short program is another American – 2020 U.S. junior national champion Lindsay Thorngren. The 15-year-old completed the same jumping elements as Seo and was within a point of the leader in both the element score and the program component score. She received a total score of 62.63 points.

Another North American is third after her opening day performance – Canada’s Kaiya Ruiter. With the same jumps as the top two skaters, the Canadian junior national champion earned a score of 59.50 points.


In the junior men’s event, the United States’ representative Ilia Malinin led the pack. The top performers all completed a triple axel, a triple flip, and a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination – Malinin earned a score of 80.07 points.

Canadian Corey Circelli is second with a score of 76.63 points and American Lucas Broussard is third with a score of 62.55 points.

Results of junior women’s and junior men’s events after short program:

Junior Women – Short Program Results

  1. Clare SEO (USA) – 63.43
  2. Lindsay THORNGREN (USA) – 62.63
  3. Kaiya RUITER (CAN) – 59.50
  4. Seoyeon JI (KOR) – 56.15
  5. Noelle STREULI (POL) – 54.08
  6. Janna JYRKINEN (FIN) – 53.70
  7. Alina URUSHADZE (GEO) – 52.29
  8. Nargiz SULEYMANOVA (GER) – 51.53
  9. Lola GHOZALI (FRA) – 50.74
  10. Ahsun YUN (KOR) – 48.18
  11. Bernadett SZIGETI (HUN) – 47.12
  12. Maria LEVUSHKINA (BUL) – 46.88
  13. Catharina Victoria PETERSEN (DEN) – 46.12
  14. Eve DUBECQ (FRA) – 44.50
  15. Ivetta BERKOVICH (ISR) – 41.17
  16. Julia Ros VIDARSDOTTIR (ISL) – 39.35
  17. Regina GARCIA de LEON SAAB (MEX) – 36.46
  18. Anastasiia FOMCHENKOVA (UKR) – 34.73
  19. Sorami TANAKA (PER) – 34.50
  20. Sophia Natalie DAYAN (ARG) – 31.35
  21. Abigail LIEW (MAS) – 29.21
  22. Tsai-En CHIANG (TPE) – 28.12

Judges’ Scores

Junior Men – Short Program Results

  1. Ilia MALININ (USA) – 80.07
  2. Corey CIRCELLI (CAN) – 76.63
  3. Lucas BROUSSARD (USA) – 62.65
  4. Francois PITOT (FRA) 61.27
  5. Ian VAUCLIN (FRA) – 61.12
  6. Jonathan EGYPTSON (SWE) – 55.09
  7. Makar SUNTSEV (FIN) – 54.85
  8. Vadym NOVIKOV (UKR) 54.82
  9. Iakov POGREBINSKII (ISR) – 53.85
  10. Fang-Yi LIN (TPE) – 51.49
  11. Luca FUENFER (GER) – 48.39
  12. Joseph Alexander ZAKIPOUR (GBR) – 48.26
  13. Heung Lai ZHAO (HKG) – 41.11
  14. Priyam TATED (IND) – 9.84

Judges’ Scores

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