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Nakai Ami wins women's title at Baltic Cup in Gdansk

Competition continues Saturday (8 October) with the men's free skate scheduled for 12:15pm local time

1 min By Scott Bregman
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Japan's Nakai Ami grabbed the women's gold medal Friday (7 October) at the Baltic Cup in Gdansk, Poland. The event is part of the International Skating Union's Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

Nakai totaled 205.90 ahead of Korea's Shin Jia (194.69) and Kwon Minsol (186.63).

Shin was the first of the medallists to go and performed brilliantly to the 'Tree of Life Suite' by Roberto Cacciapaglia. She opened with two strong jumps, a double Axel and a triple loop, before popping an attempted triple Salchow. She also included a triple Lutz, triple toe combination in her program. Her free skate earned a score of 130.97 to the pressure on the final two competitors.

13-year-old Kwon was the penultimate competitor and scored 127.89 in Friday's competition en route to bronze.

Last to skate as the short program leader, Nakai opened with a brilliant triple Axel and didn't let up, rising to the occasion. She also executed a triple Lutz, triple toe combination and a triple Loop, double Axel sequence in her Miss Saigon Rhapsody-themed program. She posted a 136.90 in the free skate.

Competition continues Saturday (8 October) with the men's free skate set to get underway at 12:15pm local.

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