2014 JGP Czech Republic Ladies Preview

Evgenia Medvedeva started her season with a gold medal at JGP France.  All of her jumps in the short program are in the second half of the program and gain a bonus including her triple flip + triple toe.  Five of the seven jumps in her free skate are also in the bonus.  She received a positive GOE on everything in her free skate except for her triple lutz which received an edge call in both programs.  She also has a triple salchow + triple toe in her free skate.  The quality of her programs is very good but there is still some room for improvement.

Wakaba Higuchi is just 13 years old and this is her JGP debut.  She has only one international competition under her belt, the Asian Figure Skating Trophy, where she won gold and put up scores that make her competitive on the JGP circuit.

Karen Chen had a good debut season, taking home two medals from the JGP.  She had to withdraw from the Final due to injury and again from US nationals.  She was deemed healthy enough to compete at Junior Worlds and had a disappointing 9th place finish.  She put up decent scores at her summer assignments but seemed to be struggling with her lutz.

Elizaveta Iushenko won a silver medal in her lone JGP assignment last season.  She struggled a bit later in the season and finished just 6th at the Gardena Spring Trophy.

Mariko Kihara is also in the mix after winning a gold medal at her lone international assignment last season.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Evgenia Medvedeva

Silver: Karen Chen

Bronze: Wakaba Higuchi

 

Bios of the competitors:

Sophie Almassy, AUT: She placed 18th at JGP Slovenia.  Her personal best is 98.19.  She is 17 years old.

Kim Deguise Leveillee, CAN: This is her international debut.  She is 16 years old.

Jana Coufalova, CZE: Her personal best is 87.58.  She is 17 years old.

Anna Duskova, CZE: She placed 32nd at Junior Worlds.  She finished 12th at JGP Poland last season.  Her personal best is 112.37.  She is 14 years old.

Elizaveta Ukolova, CZE: She finished 22nd at the Olympics.  She placed 9th at JGP Slovakia and 12th at JGP Czech Republic last season.  Her personal best is 136.72.  She is 16 years old.

Cecilie Kongsbak Dreier, DEN: This is her international debut.  She is 15 years old.

Kristina Shkuleta-Gromova, EST: This is her international debut.  She is 13 years old.

Liubov Efimenko, FIN: She placed 12th at JGP Latvia and 7th at JGP Estonia last season.  Her personal best 137.39.  She is 15 years old.

Julie Froetscher, FRA: She placed 6th at JGP France.  Her personal best is 117.73.  She is 13 years old.

Lutricia Bock, GER: She placed 12th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 7th at JGP Latvia and 6th at JGP Slovakia last season.  Her personal best is 141.53.  She is 15 years old.

Danielle Harrison, GBR: This is her JGP debut.  She is 14 years old.

Ivett Toth, HUN: She placed 31st at Junior Worlds.  She finished 15th at JGP Belarus and 13th at JGP Estonia last season.  Her personal best is 126.65.  She is 15 years old.

Vala Run Magnusdottir, ISL: She finished 25th at JGP Estonia last season.  Her personal best is 84.23.  She is 17 years old.

Wakaba Higuchi, JPN: This is her JGP debut.  She is 13 years old.

Mariko Kihara, JPN: This is her JGP debut.  She is 17 years old.

Aiza Mambekova, KAZ: This is her JGP debut.  She is 15 years old.

Angelina Kuchvalska, LAT: She placed 19th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 15th at JGP Slovakia and 19th at JGP Belarus last season.  Her personal best is 115.52.  She is 15 years old.

Kamile Linauskaite, LTU: This is her international debut.  She is 14 years old.

Arantax Fernanda Sacaro Rivera, MEX: This is her international debut.  She is 18 years old.

Na Hyun Kim, KOR: She placed 10th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 5th at JGP Latvia and JGP Poland.  Her personal best is 144.21.  She is 14 years old.

Elizaveta Iushenko, RUS: She won silver at JGP Estonia last season.  Her personal best is 159.86.  She is 14 years old.

Evgenia Medvedeva, RUS: She is the reigning World Junior Bronze Medalist.  She won gold at JGP France.  Her personal best is 179.96.  She is 14 years old.

Bronislava Dobiasova, SVK: She placed 23rd at Junior Worlds.  She finished 17th at JGP Slovakia last season.  Her personal best is 110.65.  She is 16 years old.

Anita Ostlund, SWE: She placed 17th at JGP France.  Her personal best is 84.89.  She is 13 years old.

Yasmine Kimiko Yamada, SUI: She placed 19th at JGP Slovakia last season.  Her personal best is 104.86.  She is 17 years old.

Thita Lamsam, THA: She finished 38th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 13th at JGP Czech Republic last season.  Her personal best is 106.37.  She is 14 years old.

Karen Chen, USA: She finished 9th at Junior Worlds.  She won bronze at JGP Latvia and gold at JGP Slovakia to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final last season but withdrew due to injury.  Her personal best is 179.08.  She is 15 years old.

Shokhsanam Tokhirova, UZB: This is her JGP debut.  She is 13 years old.