JGP Lake Placid Dance Preview

Aldridge and Eaton took home two medals on the Junior Grand Prix last season and qualified for their first Junior Grand Prix Final where they just missed the podium.  After winning the U.S. Junior title they landed on the podium at the Junior World Championships.  They earned acclaim for their Lord of the Dance free skate last year and will try and replicate their success with a Fiddler on the Roof program.

Kosigina and Moroshkin lost ground among the Russian junior teams last season, dropping to 5th nationally and failing to make the Junior Worlds team despite their two medals on the JGP.  With such a deep field, they’ll have to step it up this season if they want to be in the top 3 in Russia.

Bruser and Lum are a young Canadian team that did well at their lone assignment last season.  They placed 3rd as juniors at Canadian nationals.  Morozova and Zhirnov also did well at their only event last season but didn’t reach the medal podium.

Pogrebinsky and Gudis are making their international debut at this event.  They placed 8th as juniors last season in the U.S. but have made improvements over the summer and defeated Aldridge and Eaton at a summer competition.  They’re a dark horse for a medal at this event.

Bios of the competitors:
Gold: Aldridge/Eaton
Silver: Kosigina/Moroshkin
Bronze: Pogrebinsky/Gudis

Bios of the competitors:

Bruser/Lum, CAN: They placed 6th at JGP Poland last season.  Their personal best is 115.56.  She is 14 and he is 17.
 
Poulin/Servant, CAN: They placed 20th at Junior Worlds.  They finished 6th at JGP Latvia last season.  Their personal best is 118.00.  She is 17 and he is 21.
Allik/Bellantuono, EST: They finished 12th in the preliminary round at Junior Worlds.  She is 18 and he is 19.
Aghai/Partanen, FIN: They placed 16th at Junior Worlds.  They finished 6th at JGP Australia and 9th at JGP Estonia last season.  Their personal best is 107.84.  She is 17 and he is 21.
Tessari/Colafato, ITA: They placed 16th at JGP Poland and 15th at JGP Italy last season.  Their personal best is 88.95.  She is 16 and he is 17.
Kosigina/Moroshkin, RUS: They won silver at JGP Latvia and bronze at JGP Estonia last season.  Their personal best is 126.92.  She is 17 and he is 18.
Morozova/Zhirnov, RUS: They placed 5th at JGP Latvia last season.  Their personal best is 114.29.  She is 15 and he is 17.
Yermak/Khimich, UKR: This is their international debut.  She is 16 and he is 18.
Aldridge/Eaton, USA: They are the reigning World Junior Bronze Medalists.  They won bronze at JGP Latvia and silver at JGP Austria last season to qualify for the JGP Final where they finished 4th.  Their personal best is 141.14.  She is 18 and he is 20.
Heritage/Fast, USA: They placed 5th at JGP Australia last season.  Their personal best is 104.72.  She is 17 and he is 20.
Pogrebinsky/Gudis, USA: This is their international debut.  She is 14 and he is 17.