JGP Lake Placid Ladies Preview

Satoko Miyahara debuted on the JGP last season at just 13 years old and made a splash by winning the silver medal at JGP Poland.  She suffered with consistency and dropped to 5th in Italy and missed making the Final.  She rebounded to place 4th at Junior Worlds and with some of those skaters moving to the senior ranks, she has a great chance at the podium this season.
 
So Youn Park of Korea just missed the podium at JGP Italy and even placed ahead of Miyahara there.  She is also a young competitor on the circuit at 14 years old.  She has the chance to break out and snag a medal here.
 
Courtney Hicks is making her return to the JGP this season after suffering a season ending injury at her 2nd JGP event last season.  She reminded many people of Sasha Cohen when she won the US junior title in 2011 with her triple-triple combinations and flexibility.  In the last year she’s been off the ice recovering from her injury and changed coaches.  This will be her first chance to show that she’s regained the form that won her the gold medal at JGP Australia last season.
 
Kiri Baga is also returning to the JGP after a season away from international competition.  She has two golds and a silver on the JGP and has qualified for the JGPF and Junior Worlds once. She placed 10th as a senior at US nationals last season and is pulling double duty this year in singles and pairs.
 
Angela Wang last competed on the JGP in 2011 where she placed 4th.  She was not assigned any international competitions last season.  She impressed at U.S. nationals with her 8th place finish to earn a spot here.
 
You can never count the Russian ladies out and Evgenia Gerasimova will make her debut here after finishing 8th at Russian nationals ahead of international competitors Polina Shelepen and Sofia Biryukova.
 
My podium predictions: 
Gold: Satoko Miyahara
Silver: Courtney Hicks
Bronze: Angela Wang
 
Bios of the competitors:
Anhelina Bosko, ARG: This is her international debut.  She is 14 years old.
 
Brooklee Han, AUS: She placed 30th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 8th at JGP Australia and 13th at JGP Italy last season.  Her personal best is 115.49.  She is 17 years old.
Clara Baiwir, BEL: This is her JGP debut.  She is 17 years old.
Alaine Marie Chartrand, CAN: This is her international debut.
Corinna Lijun Lin, TPE: She placed 30th at JGP Latvia last season.  Her personal best is 68.75.  She is 17 years old.
Pernille Sorensen, DEN: She placed 13th at JGP Romania last season.  Her personal best is 100.21.  She is 14 years old.
Beata Papp, FIN: She finished 10th at JGP Austria last season.  Her personal best is 120.27. She is 17 years old.
Tsz Ying Crystal Chik, HKG: She placed 25th at JGP Italy last season.  Her personal best is 82.87.  She is 16 years old.
Deidre Faegre, IRL: She placed 31st at JGP Italy last season.  Her personal best is 52.53.  She is 18 years old.
Netta Scheiber, ISR: This is her international debut.  She is 14 years old.
Satoko Miyahara, JPN: She placed 4th at Junior Worlds.  She won silver at JGP Poland and placed 5th at JGP Italy.  Her personal best is 162.60.  She is 14 years old.
Kako Tomotaki, JPN: She placed 7th at JGP Austria last season.  Her personal best is 128.95.  She is 16 years old.
Raya M. Willoughby, MAS: Her personal best is 57.27.  She is 16 years old.
Madelaine Parker, NZL: She placed 31st in the preliminary round at Junior Worlds.  She finished 19th at JGP Australia last season.  Her personal best is 82.84.  She is 16 years old.
Alisson Krystle Perticheto, PHI: This is her international debut.  She is 14 years old.
Ji Hyun Byun, KOR: This is her international debut.  She is 13 years old.
So Youn Park, KOR: She placed 6th at JGP Austria and 4th at JGP Italy last season.  Her personal best is 144.71.  She is 14 years old.
Evgenia Gerasimova, RUS: This is her international debut.
Brittany Lau, SIN: She finished 28th at Four Continents.  She placed 21st at JGP Poland last season.  Her personal best is 87.10.  She is 18 years old.
Nicole Rajicova, SVK: This is her JGP debut.  She is 17 years old.
Maria Taljegard, SWE: She placed 9th at JGP Latvia last season.  Her personal best is 117.48.  She is 17 years old.
Tina Stuerzinger, SUI: She finished 23rd at Junior Worlds.  She placed 10th at JGP Latvia and 12th at JGP Austria last season.  Her personal best is 116.02.  She is 16 years old.
Melanie Swang, THA: She placed 21st in the preliminary round at Junior Worlds and 20th at Four Continents.  Her personal best is 97.53.  She is 17 years old.
Kiri Baga, USA: Her personal best is 146.98.  She is 17 years old.
Courtney Hicks, USA: She won gold at JGP Australia last season.  Her personal best is 151.91.  She is 16 years old.
Angela Wang, USA: Her personal best is 132.70.  She is 16 years old.