Zagreb hosts 2019 JGP Croatia Cup, the sixth event of the Series, Sept. 25-28. All four disciplines will be contested. With just two JGP competitions remaining, skaters who are in the running to earn a berth at the Junior Final will be in a battle for the top two steps of the podium.
None more so than the men. This field is the strongest of the entire Series, with six skaters who have already captured medals at previous events chasing a top podium finish in Zagreb. Japan′s Shun Sato who defeated Canada′s Stephen Gogolev, at their first head-to-head in Lake Placid; Russia′s Andrei Mozalev (first in Riga) and Artur Danielian (second in Chelyabinsk); Sihyeong Lee of Korea (silver in Riga), and Canada′s Aleksa Rakic (silver in Courchevel).
Adam Siao Him Fa of France, who is coached by Brian Joubert, returns to the junior Grand Prix circuit for a third season. This will be his first event of the Series.
In ladies, Haein Lee of South Korea will be chasing a second victory after her win in Riga but Russia′s Daria Usacheva, second in Riga, will also be chasing the top step of the podium and a trip to the Final. Japan′s Rion Sumiyoshi had a disappointing start to her season with an eighth-place finish in Riga, her lowest result in two seasons. Look for her to step it up at this competition.
The battle for gold in pairs will be between two Russian teams and one from Germany.
In ice dance, 2018 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalists Anna Ushakova and Maxim Nekrasov, headline the field. Canada′s Emmy Bronsard and Aissa Bouaraguia, who missed the third step of the podium in Courchevel by the slimmest of margins (0.29 of a point), and Nadia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont, third in Chelyabinsk, will be a podium threats.
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