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Young Hughes comes back for gold in Romania

Rippon, Crone and Poirier also win JGP gold

Team USA's Chrissy Hughes.
Team USA's Chrissy Hughes. (Paul Harvath)

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(09/20/2007) - Americans Chrissy Hughes and Adam Rippon topped the podium in the ladies and men's competitions, respectively, while Canada's Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier took the ice dancing gold medal at this year's Junior Grand Prix stop in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania.

Ladies

Japan's Yuka Ishikawa rested in first place following the short program, with Hughes exactly eight points back in third. Ishikawa, however, stumbled in the free skate, in which she finished sixth, opening the door for everyone else. And Chrissy Hughes took advantage. Though she placed second in that segment to Russia's Alena Leonova, it was enough to vault her to the top of the final standings. Leonova settled for silver while Ishikawa's teammate, Rumi Suizu, too the bronze.

Men

The battle for the top spot in the men's competition was not as fierce as the U.S.'s Adam Rippon grabbed a sizable lead in the short program and rode it all the way to the gold medal. While Russia's Ivan Bariev finished second and third in each segment to earn the silver medal, Japan's Takahito Mura took a much more circuitous route to the medal stand. His short program left him in 12th place out of 16 skaters, but a second-place free skate catapulted him up the standings and earned him the bronze.

Ice Dancing

Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier, Canada's junior champions, took first in all three segments en route to the gold. Ekaterina Riazanova and John Guerreiro of Russia finished just behind the Canadians in each discipline to take the silver, while their teammates, Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin, rounded out the top three.