We’re in Tallinn, on March 6th, and the men have just finished their short programs. And while the rest of the skaters are heading back to the hotel or taking a walk into the city, Shoma Uno, Adian Pitkeev and Alexander Petrov are in the press conference room, ready to receive their small medals; they are the winners of this particular segment of the event at 2015 Junior Worlds. The young men look happy, pleased, relieved – and the pictures we’re publishing below are meant to bring you the emotions of the day, along with the skaters’ thoughts when it comes to their performances… Enjoy.
At the end of the short program in Tallinn, Japan’s Shoma Uno was in the lead, followed by Russia’s Adian Pitkeev and Alexander Petrov.
Performing to “Violin Sonata No. 9” by Kreutzer in his short program, Shoma Uno landed a triple Axel, a triple Lutz, as well as a triple flip-triple toe combination. The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Champion earned a level four for the three spins and the footwork, to score 84.87 points. “I think I achieved one of my best performances in the short program and I hope to do the same tomorrow in the free skating”, the 17-year-old said at the press conference after the short program.
Adian Pitkeev opened his program to “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Andrew Lloyd Webber with a triple Lutz, followed by a triple Axel and a triple loop-triple toeloop combination. Two spins and the footwork were given a level four, but the 2014 World Junior silver medalist struggled with his flying camel spin. He received 76.94 points, a seasons best. “I feel good about my performance, because I did everything except for the final spin. For the free skating, I want to skate clean”, the 16-year-old noted.
Alexander Petrov’s routine to “Conquistador” by Maxime Rodriguez included a triple Axel, a triple flip-triple toe, a triple Lutz, as well as two level-four spins. The Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist picked up 75.28 points. “Obviously, there were some mistakes and I hope I can fix them for tomorrow, but overall it wasn’t bad”, the skater from St. Petersburg told the journalists.