The 2021 JGP Poland will play out in the beautiful city of Gdańsk, Sep. 29-Oct. 2. This is the second of the four events that will include a pairs competition. There are currently 78 skaters/teams slated to compete: 24 men, 31 women, eight pairs and 15 ice dance teams.
As noted in previous posts, the Japan Skating Federation will not field any singles skaters to the Junior Grand Prix competitions this season due to the quarantine requirements when returning home.
Edward Appleby of Great Britain, the bronze medalist in week two in Courchevel, has been assigned to this competition. The two Russian men currently listed are Gleb Lutfullin and Egor Rukhin. Canada has no entries at this time. The U.S. will field two men: William Annis, the bronze medalist in Slovakia and Kai Kovar who finished fifth in week two in Courchevel.
Russia is fielding two of its tops women to this competition: Veronika Zhilina, the gold medalist in Slovakia and Sofia Akateva. Both skaters have quads in their arsenals and Akateva also has a triple Axel. Two U.S. women have been assigned — Josephine Lee and Clare Seo, the bronze medalist at the first event in Courchevel — along with Canada′s Catherine Carle, who will make her JGP debut at this event.
In pairs, a trio of Russian teams are on the roster, two of which have no international experience. Polina Kostiukovich and Aleksei Briukhanov placed third in their debut as a team in Slovakia. Canada, the Czech Republic and Germany are each fielding one team, while the U.S. is sending two.
Ice dance teams from 11 nations are currently scheduled to compete. At this time, Isabella Flores and Dimitry Tsarevsky of the U.S. are the top-ranked team following their second-place finish in week two in Courchevel. Also on the roster are Irina Khavronina and Dario Cirisano, the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games champions.
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