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Weber, Artemov take juvenile pairs gold

Lowe, Bye win silver; Olson, Burghart claim bronze

Ally Weber and Dmitry Artemov took home the gold medal for juvenile pairs.
Ally Weber and Dmitry Artemov took home the gold medal for juvenile pairs. (Zac Lambert)

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By Zac Lambert, special to icenetwork.com
(12/17/2010) - The duo of Ally Weber and Dmitry Artemov won the juvenile pairs competition Friday afternoon with an routine that received a score of 37.89 points.

Weber and Artemov, both representatives of the Dallas Figure Skating Club, won with a program that featured a Level 1 forward inside death spiral, which scored a 3.60 with a Grade of Execution score of 0.80. The judges also awarded Weber and Artemov a program component score of 17.08.

"It feels really great because this is our first time here," said Weber.

She and Artemov have been skating together for nearly a year. Both skaters, even after winning the competition, expressed that they had not skated their best but were very happy to win a medal.

"They actually skated better than Sectionals except that in November, the skating was cleaner," said coach Natalia Mishkutionok. "I think the skating improved, and they looked better here."

Directly behind the gold-medal winners were Paddison Lowe and Logan Bye, of the Broadmoor Skating Club, who took home the silver medal with a score of 37.41. Lowe and Bye turned in a solid and energetic performance.

"I think we skated very well, this is our top score ever," said Lowe. "We achieved some of the things that we had been falling [on] in our practices."

Lowe and Bye's free skate featured a forward inside death spiral which totalled 3.20 points after adding a 0.40 grade of execution.

The Salt Lake Figure Skating Club's representative Taylor Olson teamed up with Remington Burghart of the Anchorage Figure Skating Club to take home the bronze medal in the competition with a score of 36.13. Olsen and Burghart's highest-scoring element was a Level 2 combination spin, which scored a 2.79 points.