Published: Mar 2, 5:20p ET
Updated: Mar 2, 5:20p ET

Russia's Lipnitskaia leads women at junior figures

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - Moscow teen Julia Lipnitskaia led after the women's short program at the world junior figure skating championships on Friday.

The 13-year-old Lipnitskaia, the Junior Grand Prix Final champion, earned 63.09 points for a double axel, triple toe-triple toe, triple lutz and excellent spins. Gracie Gold of the United States was second with 58.00, and Adelina Sotnikova of Russia third on 56.57.

"I enjoyed my performance and I did everything clean," Lipnitskaia said. "I really wanted to come here to these championships but I didn't expect to be in first place after the short program."

The free skate for men and women is on Saturday.

Russians danced to a 1-2 finish, with Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin earning the gold medal and Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin the silver. Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton of the United States won the bronze. All three teams were making their junior worlds debut.

Sinitsina and Zhiganshin also won the Junior Grand Prix Final this season, and felt some pressure as the favorites.

"We are very, very, very happy," Sinitsina said. "We did everything we wanted to do."

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