2019 JGP Chelyabinsk

The Series moves to Chelyabinsk, Russia for the fourth event of the Series, Sept. 11 – 14. All four disciplines will be contested at this competition. A total of 84 skaters/teams are on the roster: 25 men, 32 ladies, nine pairs and 18 ice dance teams.

Adam Siao Him Fa of France, who is coached by Brian Joubert, returns to the junior Grand Prix circuit for a third season. The 18-year-old placed fourth at the 2018 Junior Grand Prix Final and finished sixth at the 2019 World Junior Championships. Fa also gained experience on the senior circuit last season, placing 12th at the European Championships and seventh at the Inge Solar Memorial/Alpen Trophy, a Challenger Series event.

He will go up against Russia’s Petr Gumennik, runner-up at the 2018 Junior Grand Prix Final, and Artur Danielian, fourth at the 2019 World Junior Championships. Canada has assigned Alec Guinzbourg and Iliya Kovler to this competition, and Maxim Naumov and Matthew Nielsen will represent the U.S. 

Russia will field three ladies at this competition: Anna Tarusina, 16, Kamila Valieva, 13, and Viktoria Vasilieva, 15. This is the second junior Grand Prix season for Tarusina and Vasilieva, and the first for Valieva. With so many junior ladies on the Russian back burner waiting for an opportunity to compete internationally, these three athletes will be fighting for the top step of the podium on home soil. Japan′s Yuna Aoki and Nana Araki, both aged 17, are each competing in their third respective seasons on the Junior Grand Prix circuit.

In pairs, Russia will field four teams. The top challengers are Polina Kostiukovich, 16, and Dmitri Ialin, 21, second at the 2018 Junior Grand Prix Final. Canada′s Brooke McIntosh and Brandon Toste have the potential to land on the podium, but they — like all the other teams in the field — have little or no experience on the international circuit. It might all come down to a triple twist.

Russia′s Elizaveta Shanaeva and Devid Naryzhnyy are the most experienced team in the ice dance field. Canada′s Nadia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont won the 2019 Lake Placid Ice Dance International in early August, and their teammates, Irina Galiyanova and Grayson Lochhead won the junior ice dance event at Minto Summer Skate a week earlier. Patterns, twizzles and lifts will likely determine who claims the hardware at this competition.

The seven-event Junior Grand Prix Series will be live-streamed worldwide on the ISU YouTube channel (link below), other than in those countries which hold television/online streaming rights.