Biechler, Petrov win juvenile dance gold

Beckers take second; Feng, Ponomarenko grab bronze

Julia Biechler and Alexander Petrov took first place in the juvenile dance event.
Julia Biechler and Alexander Petrov took first place in the juvenile dance event. (Zac Lambert)


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By Zac Lambert, special to
(12/18/2010) - Those who stayed around for the final group of skaters in the juvenile dance competition were rewarded with a stunning performance by Julia Biechler and Alexander Petrov, who won the gold with a routine that scored 86.92 points.

"It was pretty good," said Petrov. His statement may have been an understatement considering that Biechler and Petrov's score of 86.92 was nearly eight points higher than any other in the competition.

Both skaters are representatives of the Hershey Figure Skating Club in Hershey, Penn.

"We enjoyed our program, it was a lot of fun," said Biechler.

Both Petrov and Biechler were visibly excited and celebrated with their coach, Oleg Petrov, after they realized they had taken the gold. The winning program featured a Level 2 circular step sequence which scored a 6.00 and a grade of execution of 1.00. The pair skated to Maksim Mrvica's "Croatian Rhapsody."

Taking the silver medal were Gigi and Luca Becker of the Washington Figure Skating Club. The sister-brother duo received 79.51 points for a routine to the crowd pleaser "Cotton-Eyed Joe."

"It was good, I think we were just flustered a little bit," said Becker.

The silver medal is quite the accomplishment for the duo, considering they have only been skating together for a year. Their program was highlighted by a Level 4 spin which scored a score of 5.43.

In third place were Sarah Feng and Anthony Ponomarenko. Feng represents the Peninsula Skating Club, while Ponomarenko is from the Skating Club of San Francisco. The pair skated in bright yellow costumes and had elements of both the Charleston and Fox Trot dance steps in their routine.