2017 JGP Italy – the final event of the 2017 Junior Grand Prix Series — and the last chance to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final — takes place in Egna/Bolzano, Italy, Oct. 11-14.
With most of the berths in Nagoya already assigned this will be a do-or-die competition for the few that have the chance to claim one of the final spots at the Junior Final.
In ladies, Russia’s Alena Kostornaia and Sofia Samodurova along with Rika Kihira of Japan are strong contenders to claim berths at the Final.
America’s Andrew Torgashev will also be chasing a podium finish to earn a trip to Nagoya in December.
Though Italy’s Matteo Rizzo will not have a chance to qualify for the Final, having a good outing on home soil will be an important step in his development. With the Olympic Winter Games on the horizon, Rizzo needs to boost his confidence and performance levels and this is the perfect opportunity to do both. With a solid outing, he could surprise and/or cause and upset at the competition by winning it.
Russia has already qualified four pairs and four ice dance teams, and those rosters are now set.
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