2017 JGP Italy Ladies Preview

Alexandra Trusova has earned a spot in the Final with 30 points, with Daria Panenkova behind her at 28 points, and Anastasia Tarakanova with 26 points.  In 4th place is Mako Yamashita with 24 points and she’ll have to wait and see how the 6 ladies still in contention do this weekend to determine if she will make the Final.  With three spots in the Final already taken by Russian ladies and two gold medal Russian ladies entered at this event, the Russians can have at most 5 of the 6 spots with the final spot going to one of the Japanese or Korean ladies.

Sofia Samodurova won the gold medal at JGP Croatia.  Her short program combination is a triple flip + triple toe and that was the only element she received negative GOEs on.  Her spins all earned Level 4 and she had program components in the mid to high 6s.  Her free skate only has four jumps in the bonus but she does have two triple + triple combos, both with double axels, and she completed her program with all positive GOEs.  She also earned Level 4 on all of her spins and program components in the high 6s and low 7s.  She can qualify with a 1st-3rd place finish at this event with a 4th place finish keeping her in the running.  She has the 10th best short program, 5th best free skate, and 5th best overall scores.

Alena Kostornaia won the gold medal last week at JGP Poland.  Her short program is backloaded with all of her jumps in the bonus, including her triple flip + triple toe combination and she earned Level 4 on all of her spins.  She had positive GOEs on all of her elements earning her 8 points and her program components were in the high 6s and low 7s.  All but one of her jumping passes is in the bonus in her free skate including two triple + triple combinations.  Again, she earned all Level 4s on her spins.  Most impressively for such a difficult program, she earned all positive GOEs, earning her 10 points.  For this program, all of her program components were in the 7s.  She needs to win a medal to qualify for the Final while a 4th place finish would keep her in contention.  She has the 2nd best short program, 4th best free skate, and best overall scores.

Nana Araki won a silver medal at JGP Belarus.  Her short program combination is a triple flip + triple toe and she has two jumping passes in the bonus.  She completed her short program with all positive GOEs, netting nearly 5 points.  She earned Level 4 on two of her spins, and had program components in the 6s.  Her free skate has two triple + triple combinations.  She only has three jumping passes in the bonus, however she completed her program with all positive GOEs and Level 4 on all of her spins.  Her program components were also in the mid 6s.  She needs a gold or silver medal to qualify for the Final.  She has the 9th best short program, 9th best free skate, and 7th best overall scores.

Rika Kihira won a silver medal at JGP Latvia.  Her short program combo was ruled invalid as she could not tack on her double toe quick enough.  She also had a fall on her triple lutz.  She earned Level 4 on all of her spins and had program components in the high 6s.  Her free skate was much better with two triple + triple combinations.  She fell on her opening triple axel attempt, but it was fully rotated and earned her 4.50 points, more than a clean double axel.  After the triple axel, the rest of the program was clean with positive GOEs, but she only has four jumps in the bonus, leaving some points on the table.  She earned Level 4 on two of her spins and had program components mostly in the 7s.  She needs a gold or silver medal to qualify for the Final.  She has the 6th best free skate score.

Ye Lim Kim finished 4th at JGP Belarus.  Her short program combination is a triple flip + triple toe, but it was under-rotated.  Every other element in her program was clean with positive GOEs.  She has all of her jumps in the bonus.  She earned Level 4 for only one of her spins and Level 2 for her step sequence, so she can increase her technical score by working on those areas.  Her program components were also lower with three in the high 5s.  Her free skate is backloaded with all seven jumps in the bonus.  She fell on her her triple lutz + triple toe combination which was also under-rotated and she has one additional triple + triple combination in the program.  While, she received mostly positive GOEs, they were very small, so she didn’t gain many points overall.  She earned Level 4 on two of her spins, but Level 2 on the third and her step sequence.  Her program components were again low, but slightly better, with only two marks in the 5s.  She can needs a gold medal to have a shot at qualifying for the Final.

Young You placed 4th at JGP Croatia.  She singled the back half of her combination in the short program and only earned Level 2 on her steps.  She earned all positive GOEs except for the opening combination and her program components were in the mid 6s.  She has one triple + triple combination in her free skate and four jumping passes in the bonus.  Her solo triple flip and triple lutz in the second half were deemed under-rotated, but other than those elements, she earned all positive GOEs.  She also received Level 4 on one of her spins, but another spin and her step sequence were Level 2.  Her program components were again in the mid 6s.  She needs a gold medal to stay in contention for the Final.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Alena Kostornaia

Silver: Sofia Samodurova

Bronze: Rika Kihira

 

Bios of the competitors:

Nicole Victoria Mottchouk, ARG:

Sophia Schaller, AUT: She placed 19th at JGP Austria.  Her personal best is 119.84.  She is 17 years old.

Alexandra Feigin, BUL: She finished 25th at Junior Worlds.  She placed 13th at JGP Belarus.  Her personal best is 141.30.  She is 14 years old.

Alison Schumacher, CAN: She placed 9th at JGP Latvia.  Her personal best is 144.61.  She is 14 years old.

Amy Lin, TPE: She finished 28th at Worlds, 17th at Four Continents, and 21st at Junior Worlds.  She placed 15th at JGP Australia.  Her personal best is 155.61.  She is 17 years old.

Katarina Kitarovic, CRO: She placed 23rd at JGP Croatia.  Her personal best is 93.23.  She is 16 years old.

Daniella Vanessa Ipsaridou, CYP: She withdrew from JGP Slovenia last season.  Her personal best is 18.75.  She is 15 years old.

Aneta Janiczkova, CZE: This is her JGP debut.  Her personal best is 106.95.  She is 17 years old.

Annely Vahi, EST: This is her JGP debut.  Her personal best is 124.95.  She is 15 years old.

Viveca Lindfors, FIN: She placed 23rd at Europeans and 14th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 10th at JGP Latvia.  Her personal best is 157.06.  She is 18 years old.

Oceane Piegad, FRA:

Kristen Spours, GBR: She placed 15th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 13th at JGP Austria.  Her personal best is 139.34.  She is 17 years old.

Elisavet Voulgari, GRE: She placed 28th at JGP Russia and 33rd at JGP Estonia last season.  Her personal best is 58.58.  She is 15 years old.

Yi Christy Leung, HKG: She finished 9th at Junior Worlds.  She placed 14th at JGP Australia.  Her personal best is 156.26.  She is 14 years old.

Lucrezia Gennaro, ITA: She placed 16th at JGP Slovenia last season.  Her personal best is 134.18.  She is 16 years old.

Lara Naki Gutmann, ITA: This is her JGP debut.

Elisabetta Leccardi, ITA: She placed 18th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 10th at JGP Croatia.  Her personal best is 134.17.  She is 15 years old.

Nana Araki, JPN: She won silver at JGP Belarus.  Her personal best is 183.00.  She is 15 years old.

Rika Kihira, JPN: She won silver at JGP Latvia.  Her personal best is 194.24.  She is 15 years old.

Elisa Yedid, MEX:

Caya Scheepens, NED: She placed 24th at JGP Austria.  Her personal best is 103.83.  She is 15 years old.

Nicola Korck, NZL: She finished 20th at JGP Australia.  Her personal best is 86.24.  She is 14 years old.

Ye Lim Kim, KOR: She placed 4th at JGP Belarus.  Her personal best is 165.89.  She is 14 years old.

Young You, KOR: She finished 4th at JGP Croatia.  Her personal best is 163.42.  She is 13 years old.

Ana Sofia Beschea, ROU:

Sofia Samodurova, RUS: She won gold at JGP Croatia.  Her personal best is 187.86.  She is 15 years old.

Alena Kostornaia, RUS: She won gold at JGP Poland.  Her personal best is 197.91.  She is 14 years old.

Marusa Udrih, SLO: She placed 29th at JGP Slovenia last season.  Her personal best is 79.03.  She is 18 years old.

Marion Papka, RSA:

Belen Alvarez, ESP: This is her JGP debut.

Anita Ostlund, SWE: She placed 13th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 7th at JGP Austria.  Her personal best is 144.78.  She is 16 years old.

Polina Ustinkova, SUI: She placed 11th at JGP Austria.  Her personal best is 133.56.  She is 14 years old.

Sofiia Nesterova, UKR:  She finished 8th at JGP Belarus.  Her personal best is 136.03.  She is 14 years old.

Hanna Harrell, USA:

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