Pulkinen Takes Gold at JGP Austria

(8/25/18) —Camden Pulkinen won his second career Junior Grand Prix Series gold medal Saturday in Linz, Austria at the second competition of the 2018 series.

Pulkinen, who took second at last seasons Junior Grand Prix Final, came from behind to win the free skate and take the top step on the podium with 223.95 overall points.
   
In his "Westside Story" themed free skate, he landed an opening triple Lutz-euler-triple Salchow combination, followed by eight more clean jumps. He landed four in the second half of his program, including a triple flip-double toe combination. He was awarded two Level 4 spins.

American Dinh Tran notched a Top-10 finish with 169.70 points.

In the ladies competition, the United States' Ting Cui improved on her sixth place short program to place fifth overall. In Saturday’s free skate, Cui landed her opening eight jumps, including two combinations to gather early momentum. Though she had two falls later in the program, she received two Level 4 spins to earn 102.79 points in the segment for 156.04 total points.

Laiken Lockley and Keenan Prochnow finished fourth in the pairs competition. The duo, who are the reigning U.S. junior bronze medalists, were second after the short program after skating clean and receiving high marks on their twist (Level 3) and lift (Level 4). After their seventh-place free skate, the pair totaled overall points 139.11 points to place just off the podium.

In the ice dance competition, Sophia Elder and Christopher Elder placed sixth (127.48 points) and Jocelyn Haines and James Koszuta finished seventh (123.02 points).

 
The JGP Series continues next week in Kaunas, Lithuania, from Sept. 5-8, 2018.