Team USA Collects Gold and Silver at JGP Lithuania
(9/8/18) – Andrew Torgashev captured the gold medal in the men’s competition and Avonley Nguyen and Vadym Kolesnik won the silver medal in ice dance on the third stop of the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Series in Kaunas, Lithuania. Team USA has now collected at least one medal in every JGP event this season.
Torgashev’s gold was his first career JGP win and third career medal in the series. After securing second earlier in the week with his 69.39-point short program, Torgashev posted 132.24 in the free skate to capture first place with a combined score of 201.63.
After a slow start, he regained confidence after landing a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, followed by a triple flip-double toe combination. Torgashev also earned two Level 4 spins.
American Joseph Kang finished in 13th place with 147.32 total points.
Nguyen and Kolesnik won their first JGP medal in Lithuania. The duo scored 63.40 in their rhythm dance to move into second place and held that position to earn the silver medal.
In the free dance, they were impressive, earning two Level 4 lifts, a Level 4 spin and Level 4 twizzles. Their 98.44-point performance gave them 161.84 points overall, almost 20 points ahead of the third-place finisher.
In their international debut at the junior level, Oona and Gage Brown notched a top-10 finish in the ice dance competition. The sibling duo came into the free dance in fifth place and scored 69.28 points with two Level four lifts. With 124.75 total points, the couple finished in ninth place.
In the ladies competition, the United States' Audrey Shin finished in 11th place. In her JGP debut, Shin improved from 13th to 11th place after scoring 89.34 points in her free skate for 134.19 points overall.
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The JGP Series continues next week in Richmond, British Columbia, from Sept. 12-15, 2018.