2018 JGP Lithuania (Amber Cup) takes place Sep. 5-8 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Margarita Dobiazko and Povilas Vanagas, the 2000 World ice dance bronze medalists, are the ambassadors for this event.
Only three disciplines will be contested at this third stop on the circuit — men′s and ladies singles and ice dance. A total of 72 athletes are slated to compete: 21 men, 33 ladies and 18 ice dance teams.
Reigning World junior champion, Alexandra Trusova, headlines the ladies field. The 14-year-old recently debuted her new, multi-quad long program at the Russian junior test skates. She will be joined by Ksenia Sinitsyna who will make her international debut at this competition.
Canada′s Joseph Phan leads the men′s field in Kaunas. The 17-year-old Montréal native narrowly missed a berth at the 2017 Grand Prix Final and was fourth at 2018 World Juniors, so he will be in the hunt for a place at the Final in December on home soil. Andrew Torgashev of the U.S. will be chasing a realistic podium finish. He placed fifth in his first event in Bratislava.
The ice dance field is wide open and the podium up for grabs at this competition. Irina Ushakova and Maxim Nekrasov from Russia placed fifth at the 2017 Junior Grand Prix Final and are the top-ranked team in this discipline.
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