Nguyen and Kolesnik win gold in Ice Dance

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Avonley Nguyen and Vadim Kolsenik delivered the best Free Dance of the day and came from third place after Rhythm Dance to take the title.
Nguyen and Kolesnik delivered an emotional and smooth dance to Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, executing difficult twizzles, steps and lifts. The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalists earned a level four for their lifts, the combination spin, circular step sequence and twizzles to post a personal best score of 108.91 points. They totaled 177.18 points to come from third place to take the title.
“It [the result from the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final] really motivated and pushed us, because all our competitors are very strong. But we just kept working and it just feels amazing right now,” Nguyen shared. “I've dreamed about this moment for so long and to know that our work finally paid off it just feels great. We're so happy, we're elated, we're just overjoyed,” she continued.
Kazakova and Reviya’s passionate and powerful performance to “In the End” was highlighted by innovative lifts, transitions and intricate footwork. The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Champions collected a level four for their twizzles and the combination lift. However, the combination spin was rated a level two. The team scored 106.21 points and accumulated 176.19 points to remain in second place. Kazakova/Reviya competed in their third World Junior Championships as a team and had placed 9th in 2018 and 6th in 2019.
Shanaeva/Naryzhny delivered a strong performance to “River” by Bishop Briggs, earning a level four for three elements to score 105.14 points. With 175.17 points total, they slipped from first to third.

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