POSTED: Saturday March 5th 2011

ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2011

Day 4

The ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2011 continued in Gangneung, Republic of Korea, on Saturday with the Men's and Ladies Free Skating.

Andrei Rogozine (CAN) strikes gold

Andrei Rogozine of Canada struck gold in the Men's event and became the first Canadian man to win this title since 1978. Japan's Keiji Tanaka moved up from sixth to claim the silver medal and Alexander Majorov clinched the bronze, the first medal for Sweden in the history of ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Rogozine skated last and gave a strong performance to “The Rock”, reeling off a triple Axel-triple toe, another triple Axel and five more triples to score a seasons best of 132.86 points. Overall he racked up 200.13 points and moved up from third to first place. “It was great. Like in practice, I just went out there and did every single jump. I didn't realize that I was skating clean until I had like one or two more jumps left. I was so concentrated. I was the last skater, and there is always pressure. After that last jump I felt relieved and I finished with a bang”, the 18-year-old said.

Skating to “The Bolt”, Tanaka produced two triple Axels, six more triples and two-level four spins. The Japanese posted a new seasons best with 132.92 and won the Free Skating. Overall he accumulated 196.98 points. “I came in sixth in the short program and I actually didn't think too much about my position. I just wanted to skate well in the free skating and I focused on that”, the 16-year-old commented. “For next season, I not only want to work on jumps, but I want to enjoy my skating. I don't know yet whether I'll skate in seniors or juniors”, he added.

Majorov's routine to “Polovetsian Dances” was highlighted by a triple Axel-triple toe, triple Lutz-triple toe, three more triples and two level-four spins. He picked up a seasons best of 128.59 points and totaled 195.71 to move up from fourth to third. “That free program was one of the best skates I've done so far”, the Swede commented. “After the short program, it felt really good. I saw my components, and they were really good. I was trying my best in the free program and wanted to see how far I would come, but I didn't expect a top-three placement here. So I'm really surprised and happy. It (winning Sweden's first medal at Junior Worlds) is a huge thing for me and for the whole federation”, he noted.

Overnight leader Keegan Messing (USA) made several errors and dropped to fourth at 195.07 points. Max Aaron (USA) remained in fifth place (193.92 points). Artur Dmitriev (RUS), who stood in second place after the Short Program, faded to eighth (181.19 points).

Adelina Sotnikova skates to the gold

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova skated to the gold medal with teammate Elizaveta Tuktamisheva taking the silver medal. Last year's silver medalist Agnes Zawadzki (USA) returned to the podium and earned the bronze.

Overnight leader Sotnikova gave a strong performance to “Rondo Capriccioso” that featured a triple Lutz-triple loop combination, a double Axel-triple toeloop, three more clean triples and two level-four spins. The 14-year-old scored 115.45 points and accumulated 174.96 points overall to take the title in her debut at Junior Worlds. “Overall I skated well for myself. There was one mistake, but it didn't prevent me from winning. I am so happy to have won my first Junior Worlds. I don't have words right now. I was lucky to win at my first attempt, but I deserved it”, the Muscovite told the post-event press conference.

Tuktamisheva landed five triples and picked up a level four for two spins in her performance to “Asturias” to score 110.51 points. The 14-year-old totaled 169.11 points. “The competition was at a very high level. I skated well in the short program, but my free program wasn't so good today. The second place is good, but I could have won if I had shown my technical content, but it didn't work out. Well, I still have everything ahead of me”, the skater from Glazov commented.

Zawadzki, who skated last, put out a solid program to “Zigeunerweisen” that included a double Axel-triple toe, three more triples and three level-four spins, but the triple loop and Salchow were underrotated. The American collected 107.90 points to move up from fifth to third at 161.07 points. “I am ecstatic about my long program, I've worked very hard for getting it clean and finally I did it at the right time. I'm not so happy with my short program. I did a triple-double (toeloop combination) instead of a triple-triple. But I worked through that and fought hard for the long”, the 16-year-old said.

Christina Gao (USA) slipped from third to fourth with 155.27 points. Risa Shoji (JPN) finished fifth at 151.27 points.

The ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2011 conclude Sunday with the Exhibition Gala. For more information, full entry lists and results please see: and

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