Zagreb, Croatia, will host the 2019 World Junior Championships March 6-10. Following on the heels of one of the strongest Junior Grand Prix Finals in history, this competition will be a showdown in all four disciplines. A total of 132 skaters/teams are scheduled to compete: 38 men, 46 ladies, 17 pairs and 31 ice dance teams. The competition opens with the men′s and pairs short programs.
This will be the final season in the junior ranks for a number of skaters. The top three Russian ladies: Alexandra Trusova, Alena Kostornaia and Anna Shcherbakova will move into the senior ranks this fall. Ting Sui of the U.S. and Young You and Yelim Kim of South Korea will also make the senior leap.
Likewise, there are a number of men moving up, including Camden Pulkinen and Tomoki Hiwatashi of the U.S.; Adam Siao Him Fa of France, and Japan′s Koshiro Shimada. Canada’s Stephen Gogolev will not be age eligible for senior competitions until the 2020-2021 season.
Though we have no confirmation at this time, it seems likely that the top Russian pairs team will leave the junior ranks at the end of this season.
There is no TV/online coverage of 2019 World Junior Championships in the U.S., but American viewers can watch the competition live on the ISU Skating Channel.
UPDATE: Alena Kostornaia has withdrawn due to medical reasons. She has been replaced by Ksenia Sinitsyna.
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