2021 JGP Slovakia, the third event of the Series, will take place in Košice, Sep. 1-4. This city last hosted a Junior Grand Prix eight years ago, where Karen Chen and Keiji Tanaka reigned as singles champions. This is one of the four pairs events in the Series.
A total of 83 skaters/teams are currently scheduled to compete: 24 men, 31 women, 12 pairs and 16 ice dance teams.
As with the first two events, there are a lot of new names, along with those who have previous experience, in the line-ups. Russia’s Ilia Yablokov, 17, who is coached by Victoria Butsaeva (Volchkova) is back for a second season on the junior circuit. Fourth at the 2021 Russian junior championships, he has a quad toe and a triple Axel in his arsenal and should prove to be a tough competitor for the other men to beat.
It is not so cut and dried in the women’s field, with two young Russians – Adeliia Petrosan and Veronika Zhilina – making their debuts this season, alongside skaters such as Seoyeon Ji of South Korea, who will be competing in her second season. The 15-year-old from Gunpo competed in two junior Grand Prix events and finished second at the Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy in 2019.
Of the 12 places available in pairs, Russia has three of them. Chances are that Kseniia Akhanteva and Valerii Kolesov will twirl away with the title in this largely inexperienced field. There are no U.S. teams in the line-up at this point in time.
The battle for the podium in the ice dance discipline will likely be a showdown between the two Russian teams and Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Canada. All three teams scored podium finishes on the Junior Grand Prix circuit in 2019.
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