The second stage of the Junior Grand Prix, hosted by Volvo Ice Arena Riga, opened with the short program female segment of the race that highlighted a technical level in line with the high expectations of the vigil.
Seven athletes, in fact, have gone beyond the threshold of fifty points against the four who were successful in the first round of Bratislava. The ranking did not however spared surprises as the best of the day was the debutant Alisa Fedichkina, a thirteen-year old based in St. Petersburg held last season fourth among Russian girls not yet in junior age behind Tsurskaya, Gubanova and Nugumanova.
The student of Evgeni Rukavitsin has revealed good safety elements jump in presenting an opening double axel preceded by the moon and placing music in the second half of the combination triple lutz / triple toe loop and a triple flip preceded by step.
It should be remarked how the jumps, certainly not worthy of note for height and width, were characterized by a high rotation speed. Fedichkina, flawless even on elements of spinning top, has created a vacuum on the technical side of almost seven tenths ahead of the more expert compatriot Maria Sotskova , on paper the main favorites for the final success.
The ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating consists of seven events. Bratislava is followed by the events in Riga, Latvia (August 26 to 30), Colorado Springs USA (September 2 to 6), Linz Austria (September 9 to 13), Torun Poland (September 23-27), Logroño (La Rioja) Spain (September 30 to October 4), Zagreb Croatia (October 7 to 11). The events in Riga, Colorado Springs, Linz and Torun include Pair Skating.
The top six skaters/couples of the series in each category will advance to the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Barcelona, Spain (December 10 to 13). More than 300 young skaters from over 50 ISU members are expected to compete in this year’s series. Each ISU member is entitled to enter competitors for the series while the number of their entries depends on the result of the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2015.
Junior Ladies Result
FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS 1 Maria SOTSKOVA RUS 184.45 2 1 2 Kaori SAKAMOTO JPN 170.95 3 2 3 Da Bin CHOI KOR 168.29 4 3 4 Alisa FEDICHKINA RUS 167.59 1 5 5 Amber GLENN USA 159.96 6 4
The third round of the Junior Grand Prix circuit, hosted by the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, ended with some astonishing affirmation of Japanese novice Yuna Shiraiwa in the women's competition.
Held the seventh among Japanese athletes in the hierarchy of the early season, the thirteen-year Kyoto has confirmed the progress made manifest at home, proving to have found that "consistency" coming less and less at the time of a testing novice.
Final standings in the ladies event @jgp Colorado Springs. Japan scores gold and silver, USA takes bronze.
The young student Mie Hamada, fifth after the short program, has entered the high-speed segment longest race managed to get the better of the competition thanks to the technical score higher, generated by the best performance of the day on the elements of jump. Shiraiwa has, in fact, presented two double axel and seven triple jumps, including a lutz jump but also ended with a crash. In particular, among the notable features worth mentioning are the combinations triple flip / triple toe loop and triple salchow / triple Rittberger with which he opened the free program.
The stage of Colorado Springs proved triumphant for Japan as the second position stood waiting Marin Honda, another student of Mie Hamada. However, the winner of the short program remains the disappointment linked to the performance of the longest segment of the race where a convincing first half, which presaged a comfortable victory, is a physical collapse marked by huge difficulties in closing the elements jump. In the end, they proved fatal a few triple flip properly downgraded to doubles. Fourteen-year Kyoto has, however, been able to console themselves with the significant better overall evaluation on the components of the program.
American Vivian Le, who was forced to close the competition in the first two positions to aspire to the final, it is, instead, had to settle for third place, betrayed by a couple of unannounced falls on triple lutz and a double axel, elements normally in its strings. It goes without saying that with the score obtained in Bratislava two weeks ago, he would have imposed hands down ensuring that the US presence in the final, which, at the time, except for a general memory, appears unlikely.
Valeriya Mikhailova - Russia
Anni Järvenpää - Finland
Afterwards, she finished the thirteen-year-old Russian Valeria Mikhailova, driven by an excellent technical content, earned the second free program of the day. On the sidelines, it has not gone unnoticed on the seventh place of progressed Anni Järvenpää, Finnish atypical as holding a good triple lutz.
Thanks to today's result, Japan has filed thirty-seventh victory in the qualifying stages of the Junior Grand Prix, which must be added five successes in the final.
Between Linz and St. Petersburg she went on stage as a true "September 11" for the Junior Grand Prix circuit female. For different reasons, in fact, access to the final act of Barcelona is now at high risk for the two favorites of the season.
At fourteen Japanese Wakaba Higuchi, not gone beyond the fifth place in the race, it may not be enough to win the final stage of Zagreb to reach the final. At the same time, the fifteen Russian Serafima Sakhanovich no longer enrolled in the fifth round of Torun and, unless a last-minute move to the sixth round held in Logrono, a loss for the third consecutive year the opportunity to triumph in the circuit.
In Linz, it has deservedly sets Maria Sotskova, who, as it happened in Riga, built the foundation for the victory in the free program. A fifteen-year-old stationed in Moscow completed a looseness two double axel and seven triple jumps, including two two flip and lutz, managing to win against the competition on the technical front that the sum of the components of the program.
On the positive side, in addition to having faced no obvious errors all programs of the qualifying phase, it is represented by the evident improvement on the elements of the top than the previous appearance