TORUN, Poland – Canadian Roman Sadovsky ended a rough day on the podium Saturday finishing third in men’s competition at the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.
Sota Yamamoto of Japan took the gold with 232.42 points, Dennis Vasiljevs of Latvia was second at 207.83 and the 16-year-old Sadovsky from Vaughn, Ont., followed in third at 198.38.
Sadovsky, the gold medallist at the season opening event in Slovakia last month, was second after the short program but had a rough start to his day on Saturday.
“I had a terrible warm-up,” he said. “I fell on jumps I usually never fall on. It was a real roller coaster of a day.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, Sadovsky broke the tongue in his skate boot just before executing his program.
“I didn’t have much confidence going into the long program and the skate felt different,” he said. “Still I was happy to show I could perform under pressure and I got the medal which was my objective here.”
After falling on his quad Salchow to open the long program, Sadovsky was able to regroup and produce a clean skate the rest of the way. While it wasn’t his smoothest skate he continued to impress with his flexibility, spins and overall performance.
His two results this season put him in strong contention to compete at the ISU Grand Prix Final in December.
In ice dancing, American couples finished 1-2 with Melinda Meng and Andrew Meng of Montreal fourth, less than a point from third spot with a personal best 140.80. Payten Howland and Simon-Pierre Malette-Paquette of Montreal were sixth.
“It was our best skate in competition,” said Andrew Meng. “We gave everything we had on the ice and had personal best scores in both the short and long programs. After the first Grand Prix we worked a lot on our footwork and choreography.”
The sixth stop is this Thursday to Saturday in La Rioja, Spain.