2017 JGP Australia Men’s Preview

Junior Grand Prix events outside of Europe tend to have smaller fields, and this one is no exception.  Only 16 men from 11 countries are competing at this event.  The junior level has become increasingly more and more competitive, with top junior men now expected to execute not only consistent triple axels but multiple quadruple jumps.  The quad is not allowed in the short program, so scores may seem much closer after that segment.  The required solo jump for juniors this year is a lutz which also can be a great divider.  Since the lutz is one of the more difficult jumps, some competitors may not be able to do the triple and will have to settle for a double, leaving points on the table.

Alexei Krasnozhon is the highest ranked competitor returning from last season.  He finished 8th at Junior Worlds where he set a new personal best short program, but he was still over 30 points from the podium.  This will be his third year on the JGP circuit, but he had his best season last year, taking home a gold and a silver medal and qualifying for his first Final, where he placed 5th.  His personal best score was set at JGP Czech Republic last season, but he was never quite able to replicate it.  The rest of the season he scored between 208 and 211, over 10 points less than his personal best.

Roman Savosin is going into his second season on the Junior Grand Prix circuit.  He won a gold and bronze medal and qualified for the Final, where he finished 4th.  He finished just behind Krasnozhon at one event, and just ahead of him at another.  His personal best is just a shade below Krasnozhon’s, however, his was set at the senior level, where there is an extra choreographic step sequence.  In junior level competition, he never scored above a 212 last season, and even scored below the 200 point mark once.  He finished a distant 8th at Russian nationals and was not named to the Junior Worlds team.

Joseph Phan skated his first Junior Grand Prix season last year, finishing 5th and 6th.  He set a personal best of 197 at JGP Slovenia.

Daniel Grassl also is fresh off his first year on the JGP circuit with two 7th place finishes.  He showed improvement between his two events, and ended with a personal best 177.  Eric Sjoberg only competed in one JGP event last season, but he set a 177 in his first time out.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Alexei Krasnozhon

Silver: Roman Savosin

Bronze: Joseph Phan

 

Bios of the competitors:

Darian Kaptich, AUS: His personal best is 101.19.  He is 15 years old.

James Min, AUS: He finished 29th at Junior Worlds.  He placed 15th at JGP Japan last season.  His personal best is 145.43.  He is 16 years old.

Giuseppe Triulcio, AUS: He placed 28th at JGP Estonia last season.  His personal best is 96.45.  He is 16 years old.

Joseph Phan, CAN: He placed 6th at JGP Czech Republic and 5th at JGP Slovenia last season.  His personal best is 197.72.  He is 16 years old.

Calvin Pratama, INA: He finished 23rd at JGP France and 21st at JGP Japan last season.  His personal best is 63.94.  He is 16 years old.

Daniel Grassl, ITA: He placed 7th at JGP France and 7th at JGP Japan last season.  His personal best is 177.36.  He is 15 years old.

Yuto Kishina, JPN: He placed 9th at JGP Japan last season.  His personal best is 174.66.  He is 15 years old.

Taichiro Yamakuma, JPN: His personal best is 150.55.  He is 17 years old.

Donovan Carrillo, MEX: He placed 27th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 13th at JGP Japan and 9th at JGP Germany last season.  His personal best is 169.15.  He is 17 years old.

Harrison Bain, NZL: He placed 27th at JGP Estonia last season.  His personal best is 98.21.  He is 16 years old.

Yamato Rowe, PHI

Egor Rukhin, RUS

Roman Savosin, RUS: He won gold at JGP France and bronze at JGP Czech Republic last season to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where he placed 4th.  His personal best is 222.37.  He is 17 years old.

Pagiel Yi Ken Sng, SGP:

Alexei Krasnozhon, USA: He finished 8th at Junior Worlds.  He won silver at JGP Czech Republic and gold at JGP Slovenia to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where he placed 5th.  His personal best is 223.60.  He is 17 years old.

Eric Sjoberg, USA: He finished 7th at JGP Russia last season.  His personal best is 177.21.  He is 15 years old.