Isabeau Levito is the first American to win gold at the world junior championships since 2008 as the Americans win 4 medals


TALLINN, Estonia — American figure skaters capped off a strong performance at the world junior championships on Sunday by winning three more medals.

Isabeau Levito won the women’s event and was joined on the podium by teammate Lindsay Thorngren, who took bronze. Oona and Gage Brown won gold in ice dancing.

During the event, Team USA won four medals, the most since 2013, including three of four gold medals after Ilia Malinin won gold on Saturday, which included a record-breaking performance. It is the first time since 2008 that the United States has won three world titles at this level.

Levito, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, is the 2022 U.S. bronze medalist. She won the gold on Sunday just over half a point ahead of Jia Shin of Korea. Rachael Flatt in 2008 was the last American woman to win the title.

Thorngren, of Montclair, New Jersey, set international personal bests in both free skating and total score. She was the 2020 U.S. Junior Champion.

Levito and Thorngren become the first U.S. skater duo to step onto the junior women’s podium since 2009.

The Browns’ ice dance title marks the second consecutive gold and 11th overall for Team USA at the world junior championships. An American ice dance team has won 10 of the last 11 championships.

After setting a personal best in the rhythm dance on Friday, the Browns extended their lead, setting personal bests in the free dance and total score, shattering their previous best score by more than 15 points with a total of 170.25.

The Browns, of Middle Island, New York, were joined on the podium by the two Canadian teams. Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell took silver with 162.56 points, and Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont took bronze with 157.64 points.

Malinin, second at the U.S. national championships in January but who left the Olympic team for the more experienced Jason Brown, broke the short program world record on Thursday. He scored 88.99 points with his program on “Billie Jean” by David Cook.

Malinin, 17, nicknamed the “QuadGod” for his dynamic jumping ability, then a native of Vienna, Va., landed four quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate to total 276.11 points. He won by 41.8 points.


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