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Russia wins gold in figure skating free dance at 2016 Winter Youth Olympics

February 16, 20:36 UTC+3
US pair skated their programs to silver with the total score of 136.37 and another Russian pair of Anastasia Skoptsova and Kirill Aleshin packed bronze with their score of 134.62
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LILLEHAMMER, February 16. /TASS/. Russian figure skating pair Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov brought their national team gold after winning on Tuesday in Free Dance at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, underway in Norway’s Lillehammer on February 12-21.

The Russian duo secured a total score of 141.88 following the short and the free programs.

US pair Chloe Lewis and Logan Bye skated their programs to silver with the total score of 136.37 and another Russian pair of Anastasia Skoptsova and Kirill Aleshin packed bronze with their score of 134.62.

The official website of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics quoted Smirnov as saying after the competition: "We did it clean and all together, that is what helped us win," he said. "Coming off the ice we felt relieved."

The US duo was also satisfied with the silver as Bye said after the awarding ceremony: "[This medal] means so much."

"Being here is an honor and getting a medal, it definitely inspires us quite a bit," the US figure skater was quoted as saying on the official website. "All of our work for the season has paid off, and we’ll keep working."

This was the second gold for Russian figure skaters at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Norway as on Monday another Russian duo Ekaterina Borisova and Dmitry Sopot brought gold to the team.

Another Russian pair Alina Ustimkina and Nikita Volodin skated their program on Monday to the bronze value.

The Russian national youth Olympic team already boasts a total of 12 medals (two gold, four silver and 6 bronze).

The figure skating pairs are now preparing for the clash in the team competitions on February 20.

"It will be very interesting," Borisova told journalists on Monday. "We remember very well what happened at the Olympics in Sochi. We cannot wait for the competition. We must be the first!"

At the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, held in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, hosts Russia won gold in figure skating team competition.

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