2014 JGP France Ladies Preview

This is an early season event but doesn’t present any power match ups.  There are several skaters who did well at Junior Worlds but none of these skaters have exceptionally long resumes and most are 15 or younger.

Evgenia Medvedeva headlines this event.  Normally after winning a Junior Worlds medal, she would be on the Grand Prix this season, but with the new age rules in effect she had to return to the Junior Grand Prix.  She won two gold medals and a bronze at the final and has the triple + triples characteristic of the Russian wonder babies.  With Elena Radionova moving up to the senior level, she’ll be fighting within the Russian ranks for the Junior Worlds title this year.

Amber Glenn won a bronze medal at her JGP debut last year and finished the year with a 7th place finish at Junior Worlds.  She never skated as well internationally as she did at US Nationals and has a lot of room to grow.  She has two difficult triple + triples lined up for her free skate and her technical capability matches and can exceed that of the Russians.  If she can keep her nerves in check she might be able to pull off an upset and take home the gold.

Da Bin Choi finished ahead of Glenn at Junior Worlds last year.  She just missed the podium at her two JGP assignments last season and seems poised to climb onto the podium.  She showed steady improvement throughout the season and broke out at Junior Worlds  She had a strong showing at the Asian Figure Skating Trophy to start the season and should be ready to go.

Rin Nitaya is making her JGP debut after two Junior B assignments.  She finished .8 behind Choi at the Asian Figure Skating Trophy and could be a breakout star at this event.

Miyu Nakashio is another Japanese lady making her JGP debut.  She doesn’t look to be a threat to the podium but should be able to finish in the top 6.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Evgenia Medvedeva

Silver: Amber Glenn

Bronze: Da Bin Choi

 

Bios of the competitors:

Renee Hambly, AUS: This is her JGP debut.  She is 16 years old.

Larkyn Austman, CAN: She placed 8th at JGP Estonia last season.  Her personal best is 133.43.  She is 16 years old.

Roxanne Cournoyer, CAN: She placed 20th at JGP Slovakia last season.  Her personal best is 102.73.  She is 17 years old.

Emmi Peltonen, FIN: This is her JGP debut.  She is 14 years old.

Julie Froetscher, FRA: This is her international debut.  She is 13 years old.

Nadjma Mahamoud, FRA: Her personal best is 112.24.  She is 15 years old.

Marina Popov, FRA: This is her international debut.  She is 13 years old.

Lea Johanna Datstich, GER: This is her JGP debut.  She is 14 years old.

Joanna So, HKG: This is her JGP debut.  She is 13 years old.

Sara Casella, ITA: She placed 14th at JGP Belarus.  Her personal best is 118.14.  She is 16 years old.

Miyu Nakashio, JPN: This is her JGP debut.  She is 17 years old.

Rin Nitaya, JPN: This is her JGP debut.  She is 17 years old.

Yasmina Elharim, MAR: This is her international debut.  She is 14 years old.

Kyarha Van Tiel, NED: This is her international debut.  She is 14 years old.

Preeya Laud, NZL: This is her JGP debut.  She is 17 years old.

Juni Marie Benjaminsen, NOR: This is her JGP debut.  She is 15 years old.

Da Bin Choi, KOR: She placed 6th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 5th at JGP Mexico and 4th at JGP Belarus last season.  Her personal best is 162.35.  She is 14 years old.

Evgenia Medvedeva, RUS: She is the reigning World Junior Bronze Medalist.  She won gold at JGP Latvia and JGP Poland last season to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where she won bronze.  Her personal best is 179.96.  She is 14 years old.

Kathryn Winstanley, RSA: This is her JGP debut.  She is 16 years old.

Anita Ostlund, SWE: This is her international debut.  She is 13 years old.

Eveline Brunner, SUI: This is her JGP debut.  She is 18 years old.

Selin Hafizoglu, TUR: She placed 39th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 20th at JGP Czech Republic last season.  Her personal best is 98.24.  She is 15 years old.

Amber Glenn, USA: She placed 7th at Junior Worlds.  She won bronze at JGP Czech Republic last season.  Her personal best is 164.18.  She is 14 years old.