Ilia Malinin wins first Junior Grand Prix stage in France

Ilia Malinin during the junior men’s free skate at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel, France. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

Ilia Malinin won his first International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix series event and the United States’ second gold medal this weekend in Courchevel, France.

The 16-year-old American was the leader of the junior men’s competition after the short program and extended his lead after the free skate. He did not have the best outing on the final day of the stage; Malinin opened his routine with only a double toe loop and then fell on his following quad Salchow attempt. He managed to stay upright on the next triple axel and completed his remaining four jumping elements with more ease. Being the only skater to attempt a quad, Malinin’s element score was the highest among all of the competitors and he received a free skate score of 134.57 points. His overall competition score is 214.64 points.

The second American in the event, Lucas Broussard, was third after the short program but managed to move up a place after his free skate performance. The 15-year-old began his routine with a triple toe loop and avoided any falls through his skate. He earned the highest total program component score (67.62 points) compared to Malinin (67.34 points). Broussard received a score of 129.66 points for the free skate and earned a total sore of 192.31 points.

Fourth after the short program, Francois Pitot of France completed the third best free skate performance and moved up to the final podium spot. He began his program with a triple axel but struggled on the following triple Lutz. He also fell on a triple loop halfway through the routine but did well enough to receive a score of 120.99 points for the performance. He earned a total competition score of 182.26 points.

Second after the first day of the competition, Canadian Corey Circelli had an unfortunate performance on Saturday. The 18-year-old fell on his opening triple axel and then again on a triple loop and triple flip. His free skate performance ranked sixth among his competitors with a score of 105.52 points and Circelli’s overall 182.15 points place his fourth – just 0.11 points behind Pitot.

Final results

Junior Men – Final Results

  1. Ilia MALININ (USA) – 214.64
  2. Lucas BROUSSARD (USA) – 192.31
  3. Francois PITOT (FRA) 182.26
  4. Corey CIRCELLI (CAN) – 182.15
  5. Ian VAUCLIN (FRA) – 173.69
  6. Makar SUNTSEV (FIN) – 162.58
  7. Vadym NOVIKOV (UKR) 156.17
  8. Jonathan EGYPTSON (SWE) – 148.95
  9. Fang-Yi LIN (TPE) – 148.38
  10. Iakov POGREBINSKII (ISR) – 136.09
  11. Luca FUENFER (GER) – 131.77
  12. Joseph Alexander ZAKIPOUR (GBR) – 110.05
  13. Heung Lai ZHAO (HKG) – 101.76
  14. Priyam TATED (IND) – 30.36

Judges’ Scores

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