The battles will be fierce in all four disciplines with it all coming down to the wire at the final event of the Junior Grand Prix Series, 2021 JGP Austria, which takes place in Linz, Oct. 6-9. Though no decision has yet been made about how skaters will qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final in Osaka, this competition will nonetheless be an important one for many. There are currently 99 skaters/teams slated to compete: 27 men, 40 women, 14 pairs and 18 ice dance teams.
In the men′s field, Ilia Malinin of the U.S. who won the first JGP of the season in Courchevel and Russia′s Kirill Sarnovskiy, the victor in Slovakia, will go head to head.
The young American Isabeau Levito will be looking for a win at this competition to complement the gold she won at the second event in Courchevel. Sofia Samodelkina, fourth at the 2021 Russian junior championships, will likely come armed with a quad Salchow and a triple Axel-triple toe combination. She will be joined by teammate Anastasia Zinina.
The strongest challengers for Russia′s Anastasia Mukhortova and Dmitry Evgenyev, gold medalists pairs in Slovakia in their international debut, will come from Karina Safina and Luka Berulava of Georgia, the runners-up at that competition, and Kseniia Akhanteva and Valerii Kokesov of Russia.
Canada, Russia and the U.S. will each have two teams in the ice dance line-up and the battle for the three steps on the podium will likely be between teams from those three nations.
It will be a busy week of skating as this competition coincides with the Challenger Series event, Finlandia Trophy (link TBA).