by Louis Daignault
COURCHEVEL, France – World junior championships bronze medallist Madeline Edwards of Port Moody, B.C., and Zhao Kai Pang of Burnaby, B.C., are in first place after Friday’s short dance at the opening stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit in figure skating.
Edwards and Pang, ranked seventh in Canada at the senior level, tabulated a 51.84 score. Alla Loboda and Pavel Drodz of Russia are second at 50.10 and their compatriots Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov third at 47.94.
Melinda Meng and Andrew Meng of Montreal are eighth.
In the women’s final, Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia was the winner with 179.55 points. Rin Nataya of Japan was second at 158.76 and Amber Glenn of the U.S. third at 148.08.
Larkyn Austman of Coquitlam, B.C., produced the eighth best long program to climb from 13th to 10th overall. Roxanne Cournoyer of Sorel-Tracy, Que., was 11th.
In Thursday’s men’s short program, Bennet Toman of St-Lazare, Que., and Daniel-Olivier Boulanger-Trottier of Montreal were 10th and 13th. Both are making their international debuts.
Competition ends Saturday with the free dance and men’s free skate.