Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Skaters Lajoie, Lagha Lead after Rhythm Dance at Junior Championships

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Skaters Lajoie, Lagha Lead after Rhythm Dance at Junior Championships

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Lajoie, Lagha lead at figure skating juniors

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ZAGREB, Croatia - Canada's Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha were in first place after Thursday's rhythm dance at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Lajoie and Lagha, fourth last year, earned 70.14 points for their tango to place ahead of Russian couples Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Nikita Nazarov (68.69) and Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko (67.56).

"It was very stressful," said Lagha, from Greenfield Park, Que. "The short program is always the hardest. We gave a good showing of what we've been working on."

Lajoie, from Boucherville, Que., kept focused on the performance.

"I wanted to feel like it was just another competition," she said. "I didn't want to think about the name 'world juniors' and just concentrate on my skating. …

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