Last week marked the start of the Junior Grand Prix series. There are 7 competitions that will be held between now and October to determine the 6 top skaters or teams that will make it to the Grand Prix Final in Torin, Italy this year.
This event was held in Courchevel, France, and videos from this event can be found on the official YouTube channel.
You can also view our highlights on YouTube.
In first place with a total of 200.71 (SP: 62.31 / FP: 138.40), was Russian skater Kamila Valieva. This was her Junior Grand Prix debut. Valieva placed third in the Short Program, after a fall on the triple lutz meant she couldn’t complete the required combination. In the Free Program, Valieva landed a quadruple toeloop making her the second female skater to land this jump, (fellow Sambo 70 skater Alexandra Trusova was the first) but fell on the landing of the triple flip.
Finishing in second place was Seoyeong Wi, from Korea. with a total of 191.07 (SP: 65.75 / FS: 125.32). She placed second in the Short after a clean program and received the highest technical mark by 0.38 of a point. The Free skate was also clean but her triple flip received an edge warning and all spins, from both programs, received level 4’s and both step sequences received level 3’s. Wi’s layback spin received +5’s from five judges in the Short and seven in the Free.
The bronze medal was won by Maiia Khromykh, who also represents Russia and scored 179.32 (SP: 67.72 / FS: 111.60). This was also her Junior Grand Prix debut. She won the Short and only received a negative GOE on her triple loop that she landed with her hand down. In the Free, Khromykh fell on her repeated triple lutz, which was also marked as under-roated, and on the double toeloop in her second combination jump.
Anything GOE’s highlights:
Alina Urushadze SP: Bolero by Maurice Ravel
Cheuk Ka Kahlen Cheung SP: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics
Lara Naki Gutmann SP: The Sheltering Sky by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Seoyeong Wi FS: Amelie (soundtrack)
Alina Urushadze FS: Mas Que Nada & Hip Hip Chin Chin by Sergio Mendes, performed by Club des Belugas
In first place was Yuma Kagiyama, who represents Japan, with 234.87 (SP: 80.61 / FS: 154.26). He now holds the Junior world records for short program score and total score. Kagiyama received an edge warning on his triple lutz triple toeloop combination in the Short. In the Free, he also received edge warnings on both triple flips (one was in combination) and an edge call on his triple lutz. He was the only male skater to do quad jumps and landed two quadruple toeloops, the first in combination which received a negative GOE for the landing, and the second received GOE ranging from +2 to +5.
In second place was Canadian skater Aleksa Rakic, who scored a total of 200.71 (SP: 69.54 / FS: 131.17). He placed third in both the Short and Free, skating both programs with no falls. Rakic’s second triple axel in the Free received 0 GOE.
Finishing in third was Andrei Kutovoi, who represents Russia, with a total of 198.06 (SP:62.10 / FS: 135.96). A fall whilst landing the triple lutz, in what should have been his combination jump, dropped him down to 9th place in the Short. In the Free, Kutovoi received an edge warning on his triple flip but an otherwise clean performance lead to him finishing the Free in second place.
Anything GOE’s highlights:
Andrei Kutovoi SP: Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
Mark Gorodnitsky SP: Stop It (I Like It) by Rick Guard
Matthew Nielsen SP: Come Together by Gary Clark Jr.
Andrei Kutovoi FS: Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schoenberg
Yuma Kagiyama FS: Speedway, The Trial & Toast of the Town from the “Tucker” soundtrack by Joe Jackson
Finishing in first place was Elizaveta Shanaeva & Devid Naryzhnyy, who represent Russia, with a total of 163.90 (RD: 63.76 / FD: 100.14). They finished second after the Rhythm Dance, by 0.02 of a point, and received the highest technical score. Their Tea Time Foxtrot pattern received a ‘Yes’ on 6 out of 8 of the keypoints, and earned a total pattern GOE of +1.95. They received level 4’s in both partner’s twizzles and their rotational lift, but their midline step sequence only received a level 3. 1 point was deducted for a costume failure. In the Free, Shanaeva & Naryzhnyy received the highest technical score again. Their combination lift (straight line & rotational) and combination spin received level 4’s, as well as Naryzhnyy’s twizzles. The diagonal step sequence, one foot midline step sequences (for both partners) and Shanaeva’s twizzles received level 3s.
In second place, representing France, were Loicia Demougeot & Theo Le Mercier. They narrowly missed out from the top spot with a total of 161.01 (RD: 63.78 / FD: 97.23). They led after the Rhythm Dance and their Tea Time Foxtrot pattern received a ‘Yes’ on 5 out of 8 of the keypoints, and earned a total pattern GOE of +2.03. Their straight line lift received a level 4 and midline step sequence, a level 3. Le Mercier received a level 4 on his twizzles however Demougeot received a level 2 on hers. In the Free, Demougeot received a level 4 on her twizles and Le Mercier a level 3. Their other level 4 elements were the combination spin and their straight line lift.
Finishing in third were Ekaterina Katashinskaia & Aleksandr Vaskovich, who also represent Russia, with a total of 151.65 (RD: 60.89 / FD: 90.76). Their Tea Time Foxtrot pattern received a ‘Yes’ on 6 out of 8 of the keypoints, and earned a total pattern GOE of +0.75. Both their straight line lift and twizzles received level 4’s, and their diagonal step sequence received a level 3. In the Free Dance, Katashinskaia & Vaskovich received level 4s on their combination spin and combination lift (straight line & rotational) and Vaskovich a level 4 for his twizzles. Katashinskaia received a level 3 for hers, and they both received level 3s for their one foot midline step sequence and diagonal step sequence.
Anything GOE’s highlights:
Elizaveta Shanaeva / Devid Naryzhnyy RD: Bonnie and Clyde by Frank Wildhorn
Emmy Bronsard / Aissa Bouaraguia RD: Willkommen, Cabaret & Money Money (from “Cabaret”) by Joel Grey
Loicia Demougeot / Theo Le Mercier FD: Habanera (from “Carmen”) – Chuy Remix & Carmen Suite by Rodion Shchedrin
Elizaveta Shanaeva / Devid Naryzhnyy FD: River by Bishop Briggs
Emmy Bronsard / Aissa Bouaraguia FD: Space Oddity, Fame, Let’s Dance by David Bowie
Katarina Wolfkostin / Jeffrey Chen FD: How Will I know by George Merrill, Shannon Rubicam & Fire On Fire by Sam Smith, Steve Mac
Olivia McIsaac / Corey Circelli FD: Nature Boy by Eden Ahbez & Danse Macabre
The next JGP will be held in Lake Placid, New York, United States from 29th-31st August.