The locations and dates for the seven-event 2017 Junior Grand Prix Series have been set. The pairs discipline will only be contested at four competitions — Latvia, Belarus, Croatia and Poland. The Series opens in the Southern Hemisphere in beautiful Brisbane, Australia, with the remaining six competitions all taking place in various parts of Europe.
Many new faces from a plethora of other nations will grace the seven stages this season, with close to 1,000 skaters in total taking part in this popular Series.
Russia’s Alexandra Trusova, 13, will make her much anticipated debut in Brisbane. Reports out of Moscow indicate she has a technical arsenal that would rival any senior lady, including the ability to land a quad. She, like so many outstanding Russian juniors over the years, is coached by Eteri Tutberidze and her team.
South Korea also has some young stars on the rise, including Eunsoo Lim and Young You. Japan’s Rika Kihira, who has been landing consistent triple Axels in practice, also has the potential to rise to the top of podium.
Three men from the U.S. could skate all the way to the Junior Final if they can hold on to their nerves and skate well: Alexei Krasnozhon, Camden Pulkinen and Andrew Torgashev.
The Australian team of Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor, who train in Moscow, could be the surprise in the pairs event this season. No skater or team from downunder has ever won a Junior Grand Prix competition.
Links for start orders, results, and event schedules for all seven stops on the 2017 Junior Grand Prix circuit will be posted on our website in advance of every event.
Ted Barton will once again be calling the action live on the ISU YouTube Channel. Barton will also be covering the Junior Grand Prix Final, which will take place in Nagoya, Japan, Dec. 7-10.
2017 GRAND PRIX SERIES