Brian Orser Protégé Stephen Gogolev Wins Gold as Russians Sweep Pairs at First Junior Grand Prix Event of the Season

Stephen Gogolev performs in Friday’s free skate on the way to victory at a Grand Prix meet in Bratislava, Slovakia. Gogolev landed three quads. (JOOSEP MARTINSON / GETTY IMAGES)

Toronto’s Stephen Gogolev landed three quadruple jumps en route to a golden performance Friday at the season-opening stop on the ISU junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Skating to the “Sherlock Holmes” soundtrack, Gogolev also became the first Canadian to land a quad Lutz in competition.

Gogolev, a 13-year-old from Toronto, totalled 226.13 points for the victory with Mitsuki Sumoto of Japan second, about 16 points back, and Daniel Grassl of Italy third.

“To land those three quads really brings up my confidence,” said Gogolev, coached by Brian Orser and Lee Barkell. “I still need to get some runs though done so I can improve the second half of my skate.”

Aleksa Rakic, also 13, from Burnaby, B.C. wound up eighth.

Russians swept the medals in pairs competition. Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov were first, Apollinarria Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov second and Ksenila Akhanteva and Valerii Kolesov third.

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SOURCE: The Star