2019 JGP Riga

2019 Riga Cup, the third event of the Series will be held at the Volvo Sport Center, Sept. 4 – 7 in Riga, Latvia. The pairs discipline will not be contested at this stop on the 2019 Junior Grand Prix circuit. A total of 83 skaters/teams are slated to compete: 25 men, 37 ladies and 21 ice dance duos. 

In the men′s event, two 18-year-olds — Andrew Torgashev of the U.S. and Canada′s Joseph Phan who are returning to the junior circuit for their third and fourth respective seasons — are the veterans in the field. Russia′s Daniil Samsonov, 14, the reigning national junior champion, who has garnered a lot of attention since his victory in February, will make his international debut at this competition. His teammate, Andrew Mozalev, 15, is back for a second season on the junior circuit. He was impressive at his first outing in 2018, winning the event in the Czech Republic, but he faltered at his second in Yerevan, Armenia, finishing sixth.

The ladies field will showcase a wealth of talent from 35 nations, but all eyes will be on Russia’s Alena Kanysheva, 14. Third at last season′s Junior Grand Prix Final, the Moscow native did not make the 2019 World Junior team due to a poor performance at the Russian Junior Championships. At the end of last season, Kanysheva made a coaching change to Eteri Tutberidze. A month later she posted a video of herself landing a quad in a training session. With the three ladies who were ahead of her now competing as seniors, she will be aiming for the top steps of the podiums this season, and another trip to the Final in December.

There is no clear-cut, stand-out in the ice dance discipline. A number of returning teams that found a modicum of success last season are returning, mixed in with many others that will be making their debuts on the junior circuit 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.