While many of those who contested the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final will not be present at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the next generation of champions relished the opportunity to skate alongside their senior heroes at the Iceberg Skating Palace, the venue that will host figure skating and short track in 2014.
The next generation of Russian stars made their presence felt, capturing hardware in all four disciplines and taking home seven of the 12 medals up for grabs.
After winning both their Grand Prix events, there was no doubt that America’s Joshua Farris and Russia’s Maxim Kovtun would be in a race for gold in Sochi.
Farris headed into the event as the number-one guy to beat. He took the lead in the short by exactly two points (74.53).
But Kovtun, 17, turned the tables in the free skate. He opened his program to “Casablanca” with a clean quad toe-triple toe, followed that up with a triple Axel-triple toe combination and earned high levels for his spins and footwork sequence.
Originally published in February 2013