Seven events, seven countries, seven weeks, thousands of jumps, spins, steps performed, 394 young skaters/couples representing 68 ISU members, amazing performances and emerging stars highlighted the 22nd season of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2019/20. At the end, the six best skaters and couples per discipline booked a ticket to Torino for the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final December 5-8, 2019. The circuit started end of August in Courchevel (FRA), travelled to Lake Placid (USA), Riga (LAT) and Chelyabinsk (RUS) on to Gdansk (POL) and Zagreb (CRO) before ending in early October in Egna/Neumarkt (ITA). Peru and Vietnam were represented for the first time on the circuit.
Alysa Liu (USA) became the first female skater to land a triple Axel and a quadruple jump (Lutz) in one program when she accomplished the feat at the event in Lake Placid. Alysa won in Lake Placid and in Gdansk to qualify for the Final. Kamila Valieva (RUS) has joined the exclusive Ladies‘ quad club as well and is the top qualifier with two victories in France and Russia. Haein Lee (KOR) continued the success of the up and coming skaters from Korea to book her spot in the Final with gold medals from Riga and Zagreb. Russia remained dominant in the Ladies with Kseniia Sinitsyna, Daria Usacheva (RUS) and Viktoria Vasilieva also making the Final. All six Ladies will compete in their first Junior Grand Prix Final. A total of 179 Junior Ladies competed in the series.
ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Standings Ladies
The battle for the spots in the Final was especially exciting in the Junior Men‘s category. Andrei Mozalev (RUS) is the only competitor to collect two gold medals on the circuit – in Riga and Zagreb. Reigning ISU Grand Prix Final silver medalist Petr Gumennik (RUS) is the only skater that returns to the Final and he did so by winning in Chelyabinsk and coming second in Egna/Neumarkt. Youngster Daniil Samsonov (RUS) turned heads in his international junior debut season and completed the success of the Russian junior men by qualifying with a gold and bronze medal. 2019 World Junior bronze medalist Daniel Grassl (ITA) triumphed on home ice in Egna/Neumarkt. Yuma Kagiyama (JPN) and Shun Sato (JPN) proved that the next generation of Japanese men are on their way and won one event each. The series featured 110 Junior Men.
ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Standings Men.
Avonley Nguyen/Vadym Kolesnik (USA) top the list of Ice Dance qualifiers with two victories in Lake Placid and Gdansk and the highest total score. Elizaveta Shanaeva/Devid Naryzhnyy (RUS) and Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva/Andrey Filatov (RUS) bagged the gold in their two events as well. Maria Kazakova/Georgy Reviya (GEO) became the first Georgian Ice Dancers to win an ISU Junior Grand Prix event by striking gold in Zagreb. Loicia Demougeout/Theo Le Mercier (FRA) and Diana Davis/Gleb Smolkin (RUS) qualified as well. Nguyen/Kolesnik and Kazakova/Reviya return to the Final and so does Khudaiberdieva, who comes back after teaming up with new partner Andrey Filatov last spring. In total, 75 Junior Ice Dance couples competed in the series.
ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Standings Ice Dance
Russia once again dominated the Junior Pairs and provides five out of the six finalists. 2019 World Junior silver medalists Apollinariia Panfilova/Dmitry Rylov (RUS) lead the standings with two gold medals and excellent performances in the USA and Poland. The current ISU Grand Prix Final bronze medalists are aiming at gold again in Torino. Kseniia Akhanteva/Valerii Kolesov (RUS) are the only other team that returns to the Final. They won in Chelyabinsk and collected silver in Lake Placid. Iuliia Artemeva/Mikhail Nazarychev (RUS) and Diana Mukhametzianova/Ilya Mironov are newcomers on the circuit. Mukhametzianova/Mironov showed strong jump skills by including a triple Lutz and triple flip as side by side jumps into their Free Skating. Annika Hocke/Robert Kunkel (GER) are not only the first Junior Pair from Germany to qualify for the Final but they are also a brandnew team that has been skating together for less than a year. Alina Pepeleva/Roman Pleshkov (RUS) complete the list of finalists. Overall, 30 Junior Pairs participated in the four events that included Pair Skating.