The second event of the Junior Grand Prix Series features a number of stars from last season. Along with the established nations, skaters from Malaysia and Indonesia will be competing in Lake Placid.
All four disciplines will be contested — 21 men, 32 ladies, 10 pairs and 14 ice dance teams are slated to compete.
Canada′s Stephen Gogolev, 14, the 2018 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, is the top-ranked man in this competition, and if he can keep his legs under him should skate away with the gold at this competition. He drew fourth to skate in the short.
A second-generation skater is slated to make his international debut at this event. Ilia Malinin, 14 — the son of Tatiana Malinina and Roman Skorniakov, who represented Uzbekistan during their respective singles careers — will be competing under the U.S. flag in Lake Placid. Malinin skates last in the short program. The reigning U.S. junior champion, Ryan Dunk, has also been assigned to this event. He drew 17th in the short program start order.
Anastasia Tarakanova, 15 — fourth at the 2018 Junior Final — is returning to the junior circuit this season. She will be Russia′s sole entry in ladies after her teammate Ksenia Sinitsyna, 15, was unable to go the U.S. due to problems with documents. Olga Ermolina, the Russian figure skating federation press officer said, ″We are unable to replace her. Everyone knows perfectly well what our situation is with the execution of American documents. We will wait for the information, which will appear soon.″
Two 14-year-olds — Alysa Liu of the U.S. and Japan′s Mana Kawabe — will make their junior Grand Prix debuts at this competition. Both have triple Axels in their technical arsenals. Kawabe will skate first in the ladies short, while Lui drew the 30th position.
In pairs, Russia′s Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov and Kseniia Akhanteva and Valerii Kolesov, third and fourth, respectively at the 2018 Final, are the top two teams in this discipline. Nine other teams will battle it out for bronze.
Avonley Nguyen and Vadym Kolesnik of the U.S. are the highest-ranked team in ice dance. Canada will field two couples: Miku Makita and Tyler Gunara and Irina Galiyanova and Grayson Lochhead. Japan′s new junior stars, Utana Yoshida and Shingo Nishiyama, will make their Grand Prix debut in Lake Placid. Russia′s Diana Davis (the daughter of Russian coach Eteri Tutberidze) and Gleb Smolkin are also slated to compete. The young Russian ice dance team of Ekaterina Andreeva and Ivan Desyatov have also withdrawn. No reason was given for this last minute change.
The seven-event Junior Grand Prix Series will be live-streamed worldwide on the ISU YouTube channel (link below).