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Shunsuke Nakamura rebounded from a poor showing at the Japan Junior Championships two weeks ago with a strong performance on Thursday, December 8 to put himself in medal position after the short program at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy.
The 17-year-old from Kyoto is in third place in the prestigious six-man competition.
Nakamura skated to "El Conquistador" as the junior men kicked off the competition at Palavela Arena and exuded confidence throughout his program. He opened with a nice triple axel, followed by a solid triple loop, and added a triple lutz/triple toe loop combination. Nakamura received level fours on two of his spins and a level three on his step sequence.
"I am very happy that I was able to perform without mistakes on this stage," Nakamura was quoted as saying.
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Author: Jack Gallagher