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Finns earn gold, silver at synchro junior worlds

Canada's Les Supremes take bronze; Team Braemar, Skyliners finish fourth, fifth

The Musketeers from Finland took the silver for the second year in a row.
The Musketeers from Finland took the silver for the second year in a row. (Lauren Magliola)

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By Renee Felton, special to icenetwork.com
(03/18/2012) - For the second straight year, teams from Finland stood atop the Junior World Challenge Cup (JWCC) podium, with Team Fintastic earning its sixth consecutive junior title and the Musketeers nabbing another silver.

The competition between the country mates was close, as Fintastic edged the Musketeers, 171.67 to 168.76. Canada's Les Supremes took bronze, while Team USA rounded out the top five. Team Braemar finished fourth, a little more than a point out bronze, and the Skyliners placed fifth.

Team Fintastic's free skate earned 115.77 points, including a competition-high 65.26 on program components. Each of the program's 10 elements earned grades of execution (GOE) of at least 0.47, including a Level 4 moves in the field (7.20 total points, 2.00 GOE) and Level 4 circle (7.34 points). A total of four elements were credited as Level 4.

The Musketeers' technical elements were the highest of the day, with 52.20 of their free skate's 114.72 points coming on that mark. Like Fintastic, all elements received positive GOEs, while six met Level 4 standards. The program featured a Level 4 circle (7.20 points), line (6.91) and wheel (6.63).

Les Supremes snuck into third place, moving up from fourth after the short program, to take Team Braemar off the podium. With a total score of 146.30 points, they won their first JWCC medal since winning silver in 2007.

Les Supremes' program components score was more than 20 points higher than their technical elements score. Of the 97.66 points the team earned for its free skate, 59.01 were for components. Technically, the highlight of the program was the Level 4 moves in the field that earned 6.20 points.

Braemar, which came into the competition as the reigning JWCC bronze medalists and 2012 U.S. junior champions, totaled 145.08 points for the weekend. Its gypsy-themed free skate placed fifth, as the team endured four falls and saw another one-point deduction for excessive use of the ice. The program began strong, with a Level 4 moves in the field and also included a Level 3 no hold step sequence.

The Skyliners, who qualified as "Team USA 1" after winning the Junior World Team Selection Competition in January, have now placed fifth at three straight junior world competitions. The 2012 U.S. silver medalists earned 139.97 for their efforts. They skated a clean free skate, worth 92.76 points, to music from Black Swan and Swan Lake.