Originally created 11/26/05

Kozuka, Yu-na take lead in Junior Grand Prix finals



OSTRAVA, Czech Republic - Takahiko Kozuka of Japan and Kim Yu-na of South Korea won their respective short programs at the Junior Grand Prix finals Friday.

Kozuka finished ahead of two American men with 60.14 points. Austin Kanallakan and Geoffrey Varner ended second and third, with 55.36 and 54.21 points.

Yu-na, leading after the women's program at 57.71 points, was followed by Japan's Aki Sawada at 51.21 points. Xu Binshu of China placed third at 50.19 and the United States' Katy Taylor was fourth with 47.62.

In pairs, Valeria Simakova and Anton Tokarev of Russia collected 47.00 points for their short program to also edge two American couples. Kendra Moyle and Andy Seitz were at 46.10 and Julia Vlassov and Drew Meekins had 45.54 points. Of the eight pairs who qualified for the finals, six came from the United States. The remaining two were Russians.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada took first in ice dancing with 88.89 points after they won both compulsory and original dance portions. Italy's Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte finished second with 83.24 and Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States were third with 82.84.

Free programs are scheduled for Saturday