Canadians Joseph Phan and Stephen Gogolev are sixth and 10th, respectively, after the men’s short program at the world junior figure championships.
Phan, a 17-year-old from Laval, Que., finished fourth at last year’s world juniors.
Toronto’s Gogolev, 14, is making his world junior debut.
Camden Pulkinen of the United States leads, followed by fellow American Tomoki Hiwatashi and Italy’s Daniel Grassi.
Less than 10 points separate the top 10.
In pairs, Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Brandon Toste of Mississauga are 11th, while Gabrielle Levesque of Bridgewater, N.S., and Pier- Alexandre Hudon of St-Roc-des-Aulunaies Que., are 15th.
Russia’s Polina Kostiukovich and Dmitrii Ialin are first.
Competition continues Thursday with the short dance and pairs free skate.