Pulkinen and Hiwatashi in Medal Position at World Junior Championships
Men's Short Program
Team USA had a strong showing in the men's competition to kick off the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia, with all three U.S. skaters landing in the top five.
Camden Pulkinen leads the men's field after the short program. Scoring a season-high 82.41 points, the 2018 U.S. junior champion opened with a flawless triple Lutz-triple toe loop and followed with a triple Axel that receive 2.51 points for the grade of execution. Pulkinen also led the field with his program components score, earning 37.50 points.
Just behind his teammate, 2019 U.S. pewter medalist Tomoki Hiwatashi finished in second place after the short program with season's best 81.50 points. In his clean skate, the 2016 World Junior bronze medalist landed three triple jumps, opening with a triple Axel. He was also awarded three Level 4 spins.
The final member of Team USA to skate, Alex Krasnozhon, placed fifth in the short program. Notching a season's best performance with 79.98 points, the 2017 U.S. junior champion earned Level 4 marks for all of his elements and landed three triple jumps.
The men's competition will conclude on Friday, March 8, with the free skate at 12:15 p.m. ET.
Pairs Short Program
Fresh off their victory at the 2019 GEICO U.S. Championships, junior pairs champions Laiken Lockley and Keenan Prochnowlead the American contingent in Croatia. The Illinois-based team scored a season's best 59.96 points in their short program and are currently in fifth place. The duo was awarded Level 4 marks for their combination spin, lift and step sequence.
Returning to competition after an injury in the lead up to U.S. Championships, Sarah Feng and TJ Nyman placed sixth in the short program with 58.43 points. The pair landed their side-by-side double Axels and notched three Level 4 elements.
Kate Finster and Balazs Nagy rounded out the U.S. delegation scoring a season's best 50.30 points to finish the short program in 10th place.
Competition will continue tomorrow with the rhythm dance and pairs free skate. Stay up to date on all Team USA results on competition central.