OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., earned Canada’s third gold medal at the third stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit on Saturday winning the men’s singles competition.
Sadovsky interpreted his long program to music from Les Miserables to finish atop the standings with 192.08 points. Alexander Samarin of Russia was second at 188.69 and Sei Kawahara of Japan third at 184.69.
For Sadovsky it was his first gold and second career medal on the circuit. He led after a superb short program Friday and his long skate scored third best but was still enough to keep him first overall.
“It’s amazing to get the victory,” said Sadovsky, 15. “It was a real nerve-wracking experience. I had never gone into a long at this level standing in first place. The mistakes I did make I was able to quickly put them behind me.”
Sadovsky executed seven triple jumps and demonstrated amazing flexibility in his free skate. His only mishap was not hanging on to a triple toe-loop jump in the middle of his program.
“My goal for this year is to eventually have a solid triple Axel in the long program,” he said. “The speed and flow of the routine are also improving. I’m not sure what happened with the toe-loop today. It’s usually a sure jump for me.”
In women’s competition, Kim DeGuise-Léveillée of Sorel-Tracy, Que., delivered two clean programs in her international debut, including Saturday’s free skate, to place eighth overall. She ranked sixth for the long to climb from 10th spot after the short.
The 16-year-old also landed a triple Lutz in competition for the first time in her career.
“I skated very well,” she said. “The hard work paid off. Landing the Lutz was one of my big objectives at this event. I also felt strong at the end of the program and improved the artistic aspects of my skating.”
Canada ends the competition with three gold. On Friday, victories were earned by Mackenzie Bent of Uxbridge, Ont., and Garrett MacKeen of Oshawa, Ont., in ice dancing and Julianne Séguin of Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., in pairs.
The fourth stop on the circuit is Thursday to Saturday (September 11-13) in Aichi, Japan.
Videos of routines available on the ISU YouTube channel
Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/jgpcze2014/index.htm