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Finland first, second in short, Braemar sits third

Fintastic posts top scores at Junior World Challenge Cup; Skyliners grab fifth

America's Team Braemar needs to top a Finnish squad to beat last year's bronze medal.
America's Team Braemar needs to top a Finnish squad to beat last year's bronze medal. (Ed Collier Photography)

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By Kelli Evers, special to icenetwork.com
(03/17/2012) - The 2012 Synchroized Skating Junior World Challenge Cup kicked off Friday at the Frolundaborg Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden, with two teams from Finland atop the standings followed by Americans Team Braemar.

Fintastic, the five-time defending champions at this event, posted both the top element and component scores to take a lead of nearly two points with 55.90 points overall. Fintastic received positive grades of execution (GOE) on each of their six elements, including 6.63 points for their no-hold step sequence.

The Musketeers, medalists at this event for the last four years, are in second after the short program with 54.04 points. Last year's silver medalists earned positive GOEs for each of their elements, including 6.77 points for their no-hold step sequence, the top scoring element in the competition.

Team Braemar (Braemar-City of Lakes FSC) skated their short program to "Blah Blah Blah, Cha Cha Cha" and are currently in third place with 49.94 points. Tearm Braemar are last year's bronze medalists and the 2012 U.S. junior champions.

"The girls had great expression but seemed a little tentative and nervous. I am confident they will nail the free skate tomorrow," head coach Pam May said.

Les Supremes of Canada are in fourth place with 48.64 points, while the Skyliners (SC of NY) currently sit in fifth. Skating to "Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga, the U.S. junior silver medalists earned 47.21 points.

"I was happy with the skate and feel really good going into the long program tomorrow," head coach Josh Babb said.

Competition concludes on Saturday as each of the 18 teams in the field will perform their free skates.