Intro | Chelyabinsk 2019

Intro | Chelyabinsk 2019

Last week in ladies the tide appeared to
continue to change. As for a second week in a row the gold was not worn by a
Japanese or Russian skater. Haein Lee of Korea skated a clean determined and
dramatic program and moving from third after the short to on top of the
podium to take the title. However in men Russia did own two of the
three podium positions young daniel Samsonov fought his way into third with
qualities not often seen for such a young man. Korea continued its very
successful Junior Grand Prix season with Sihyeoung Lee skating a strong
program in capturing the silver and Andrei mozelova of Russia skated solid
performances winning both the short and the free to take home the gold. In ice dance
Russia also claimed two of the three medals but the battle for gold was ever
so close. Winning silver Maria Kazakova and Georgy Reviya of Georgia won the free
dance with a special performance. In this taking top spot by just thirty-three one hundredths of a
point. Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Andrey Filatov of Russia also
skated beautifully to hang on to the gold. Week 4 on the Junior Grand Prix
takes us to Chelyabinsk, Russia about two and a half hour flight south east of
Moscow and with a population of just over 1 million. So what can we expect on
the ice this week? Russian skaters will want to produce
here at home and in ladies we will see week one champion Kamila Valieva of
Russia who can earn her spot to the Junior Grand Prix Final with either a
silver or gold finish but she will have stiff competition from her teammate
Kseniia Sinitsina of Russia who was fourth at the last year’s Junior World
Championships and Japanese skater Nana Araki a Junior Grand Prix medalist from
2017. In men Peter Gumenik of Russia last year’s junior grand prix final
silver medalist will be starting his season here at home while Ilya Kovler of
Canada medalist from last season might also be one to look out for. Anything can
happen really it’s wide open. One has to assume the favorite for dance
would be week one champions Elizaveta Shaneava and Devid Naryzhnyy. And
for pairs last year’s Junior Grand Prix finalists Kseniia Akhanteva and Valerii Kolesov but there’s a lot that can happen. Hello everyone welcome to Chelyabinsk
and the Traktor Arena. This event was sold out three months ago with 7,500
seats and the organization has been extraordinary. We have some great skating coming
your way so buckle up for a wild ride and it all starts right now.

Antonio Breitenberg

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