Russian Medvedeva, Korean Lee set pace in FranceGlenn sits third in ladies; Belmontes, Borromeo finish ninth, 11th in men's
Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva and Korea's June Hyoung Lee took the ladies and men's leads, respectively, at the Junior Grand Prix event in Courchevel, France.
Medvedeva, the reigning world junior and Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, won the short with 61.12 points, 2.60 shy of her career best. Skating to Michel Legrand's music from the soundtrack of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, she landed a triple flip-triple toe combination and a double Axel, both in the second half of her program. She received an edge call on her triple Lutz, which she performed 'Tano style.
Japan's Rin Nataya, making her JGP debut, placed second with 58.89 points. Her short to the tango song "Por una Cabeza" included a clean triple toe-triple toe and double Axel. Like Medvedeva, she received a negative Grade of Execution (GOE) on her Lutz.
U.S. junior champion Amber Glenn landed in third. She opened her "Summertime" program with a clean triple flip-triple toe but later fell on her Lutz.
Lee, his country's 2013 national champion, racked up 67.88 points, far and away his career best. Skating a jazzy program to music from The Wild Party, Lee opened with a beautiful triple Axel and followed it with a triple flip-triple toe. The Korean skater has one JGP medal to his credit, that being a bronze at 2011 JGP Italy.
Russian Alexander Samarin, a two-time bronze medalist on the JGP circuit, finished just behind Lee with a segment total of 67.43. His program, to music from the Russian film At Home Among Strangers, featured a triple Axel and the best triple Lutz of the competition (1.1 GOE).
Sliding into third, with a score of 65.66, was Japan's Sota Yamamoto. After falling on his opening triple Axel, Yamamoto skated the rest of his Rachmaninoff program cleanly, concluding with a gorgeous combination spin.
American Chase Belmontes tallied 53.30 points to place ninth, two spots ahead of his teammate, Paolo Borromeo. Both U.S. men were making their JGP debuts.