JGP Germany Men’s Results

Short Program

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Andrei LAZUKIN RUS 68.73 37.05 31.68 6.50 6.18 6.36 6.32 6.32 0.00 #11
2 He ZHANG CHN 67.49 35.76 31.73 6.54 6.18 6.36 6.36 6.29 0.00 #13
3 Shotaro OMORI USA 66.30 35.52 30.78 6.32 5.93 6.14 6.07 6.32 0.00 #20
4 Yaroslav PANIOT UKR 65.12 37.40 27.72 5.79 5.29 5.68 5.57 5.39 0.00 #26
5 Sei KAWAHARA JPN 64.91 35.59 30.32 6.25 5.89 6.07 6.00 6.11 1.00 #23
6 Niko ULANOVSKY GER 61.94 34.19 27.75 5.50 5.36 5.75 5.43 5.71 0.00 #10
7 Mitchell GORDON CAN 60.05 33.58 27.47 5.79 5.18 5.54 5.50 5.46 1.00 #15
8 Roman SADOVSKY CAN 59.90 29.96 30.94 6.18 6.04 6.11 6.32 6.29 1.00 #6
9 Daniil BERNADINER RUS 56.81 31.37 26.44 5.43 5.11 5.43 5.29 5.18 1.00 #3
10 Petr KOTLARIK CZE 53.31 28.17 26.14 5.32 5.11 5.21 5.25 5.25 1.00 #12
11 Se Jong BYUN KOR 50.67 27.22 23.45 5.14 4.50 4.71 4.64 4.46 0.00 #7
12 Hector ALONSO SERRANO ESP 50.28 27.04 23.24 4.68 4.46 4.75 4.71 4.64 0.00 #4
13 Tony LU USA 49.55 24.48 26.07 5.61 5.18 5.00 5.21 5.07 1.00 #17
14 Anton KARPUK BLR 47.90 25.76 24.14 4.89 4.61 4.82 4.86 4.96 2.00 #5
15 Thomas KENNES NED 47.85 23.80 25.05 5.00 4.79 5.04 5.11 5.11 1.00 #21
16 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE NOR 46.86 21.82 25.04 5.00 4.86 5.07 5.07 5.04 0.00 #14
17 Tim HUBER SUI 44.10 21.72 22.38 4.57 4.32 4.46 4.57 4.46 0.00 #25
18 Daniil ZURAV EST 44.08 20.36 24.72 5.07 4.68 4.86 5.04 5.07 1.00 #18
19 Matteo RIZZO ITA 42.45 19.27 23.18 4.79 4.46 4.50 4.75 4.68 0.00 #19
20 Krzysztof GALA POL 41.47 20.26 22.21 4.75 4.25 4.43 4.39 4.39 1.00 #22
21 Anton KEMPF GER 40.72 17.97 22.75 4.50 4.43 4.39 4.68 4.75 0.00 #1
22 Donovan CARRILLO MEX 38.38 18.85 20.53 3.96 3.89 4.11 4.18 4.39 1.00 #16
23 Glebs BASINS LAT 38.28 17.10 21.18 4.36 4.14 4.25 4.32 4.11 0.00 #24
24 Daniyar ADYLOV KAZ 36.57 16.96 19.61 4.18 3.93 3.89 3.93 3.68 0.00 #2
25 Matthew SAMUELS RSA 29.21 11.17 18.04 3.68 3.43 3.61 3.68 3.64 0.00 #9
26 Dwiki Eka RAMADHAN INA 23.40 7.94 15.46 3.21 2.93 3.14 3.18 3.00 0.00 #8

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Andrei LAZUKIN RUS 133.95 66.81 67.14 6.82 6.54 6.75 6.64 6.82 0.00 #21
2 Roman SADOVSKY CAN 132.54 67.08 65.46 6.54 6.25 6.79 6.54 6.61 0.00 #20
3 Yaroslav PANIOT UKR 129.48 67.50 61.98 6.39 5.96 6.18 6.21 6.25 0.00 #24
4 He ZHANG CHN 128.71 62.99 65.72 6.75 6.36 6.61 6.50 6.64 0.00 #22
5 Sei KAWAHARA JPN 124.59 62.45 63.14 6.39 6.14 6.39 6.29 6.36 1.00 #23
6 Tony LU USA 111.62 61.48 52.14 5.61 5.14 5.18 5.25 4.89 2.00 #14
7 Niko ULANOVSKY GER 108.68 49.98 59.70 6.07 5.75 5.96 6.00 6.07 1.00 #26
8 Shotaro OMORI USA 107.24 43.38 63.86 6.46 6.21 6.29 6.43 6.54 0.00 #25
9 Daniil BERNADINER RUS 105.33 49.69 55.64 5.75 5.46 5.61 5.46 5.54 0.00 #19
10 Matteo RIZZO ITA 100.03 51.69 49.34 4.96 4.71 4.89 4.93 5.18 1.00 #8
11 Se Jong BYUN KOR 99.83 46.61 54.22 5.61 5.36 5.32 5.46 5.36 1.00 #18
12 Hector ALONSO SERRANO ESP 99.72 52.24 50.48 5.07 4.86 4.96 5.14 5.21 3.00 #13
13 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE NOR 96.44 47.30 49.14 5.04 4.71 4.96 4.93 4.93 0.00 #11
14 Petr KOTLARIK CZE 95.54 42.28 53.26 5.50 5.21 5.14 5.32 5.46 0.00 #16
15 Mitchell GORDON CAN 93.96 42.40 54.56 5.86 5.46 5.11 5.46 5.39 3.00 #17
16 Krzysztof GALA POL 92.55 49.57 43.98 4.82 4.21 4.39 4.32 4.25 1.00 #7
17 Anton KARPUK BLR 89.15 42.17 47.98 4.96 4.71 4.71 4.86 4.75 1.00 #12
18 Anton KEMPF GER 83.88 40.32 46.56 4.64 4.50 4.39 4.79 4.96 3.00 #9
19 Daniil ZURAV EST 83.46 37.24 47.22 4.89 4.61 4.68 4.79 4.64 1.00 #10
20 Thomas KENNES NED 79.66 33.88 48.78 5.21 4.71 4.86 4.79 4.82 3.00 #15
21 Glebs BASINS LAT 70.97 35.31 37.66 4.11 3.32 3.86 3.75 3.79 2.00 #3
22 Donovan CARRILLO MEX 70.79 32.57 38.22 3.93 3.61 3.82 3.86 3.89 0.00 #1
23 Matthew SAMUELS RSA 65.02 27.52 38.50 3.89 3.61 3.75 4.07 3.93 1.00 #4
24 Daniyar ADYLOV KAZ 64.96 29.10 36.86 4.07 3.68 3.54 3.64 3.50 1.00 #5
25 Tim HUBER SUI 64.48 26.00 39.48 4.07 3.89 3.71 3.96 4.11 1.00 #6
26 Dwiki Eka RAMADHAN INA 49.01 18.71 30.30 3.11 2.82 3.07 3.11 3.04 0.00 #2

Total

Pl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Andrei LAZUKIN
RUS
202.68 1 1
2 He ZHANG
CHN
196.20 2 4
3 Yaroslav PANIOT
UKR
194.60 4 3
4 Roman SADOVSKY
CAN
192.44 8 2
5 Sei KAWAHARA
JPN
189.50 5 5
6 Shotaro OMORI
USA
173.54 3 8
7 Niko ULANOVSKY
GER
170.62 6 7
8 Daniil BERNADINER
RUS
162.14 9 9
9 Tony LU
USA
161.17 13 6
10 Mitchell GORDON
CAN
154.01 7 15
11 Se Jong BYUN
KOR
150.50 11 11
12 Hector ALONSO SERRANO
ESP
150.00 12 12
13 Petr KOTLARIK
CZE
148.85 10 14
14 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE
NOR
143.30 16 13
15 Matteo RIZZO
ITA
142.48 19 10
16 Anton KARPUK
BLR
137.05 14 17
17 Krzysztof GALA
POL
134.02 20 16
18 Daniil ZURAV
EST
127.54 18 19
19 Thomas KENNES
NED
127.51 15 20
20 Anton KEMPF
GER
124.60 21 18
21 Glebs BASINS
LAT
109.25 23 21
22 Donovan CARRILLO
MEX
109.17 22 22
23 Tim HUBER
SUI
108.58 17 25
24 Daniyar ADYLOV
KAZ
101.53 24 24
25 Matthew SAMUELS
RSA
94.23 25 23
26 Dwiki Eka RAMADHAN
INA
72.41 26 26

2014 JGP Germany Preview

Ladies

After last week, there are no new qualifiers from the ladies to the Final.  Serafima Sakhanovich and Evgenia Medvedeva still lead in the standings with 30 points while Yuka Nagai (26) and Miyu Nakashio (24) sit on the bubble.

Wakaba Higuchi won silver at JGP Czech Republic earlier this season.  She needs a gold medal to guarantee a spot in the Final.  A silver medal would give her a strong chance but without a gold medal she’d be toward the bottom of the rankings and might be left just outside the top six.

Elizabet Turzynbaeva won a bronze medal at JGP Japan while Leah Keiser won a bronze at JGP Slovenia.  Both can qualify with a gold medal.

Mariko Kihara finished 4th at JGP Czech Republic.  If she wins gold here, she can keep herself in the running for the Final.

Alexandra Proklova is the wild card here as she is making her season debut.  She won two medals on the JGP circuit last season and qualified for the Final.  She’s also competing in Croatia and has a strong chance at qualifying for the Final.

My podium predictions:

Gold: Alexandra Proklova

Silver: Wakaba Higuchi

Bronze: Elizabet Turzynbaeva

 

Men

Boyang Jin leads the men with 30 points.  Alexander Petrov qualified for the Final last week and stands at 28 points.  Sota Yamamoto (26) and Alexander Samarin (24) are on the bubble.

Roman Sadovsky won the gold medal at JGP Czech Republic.  He needs a gold or silver medal to guarantee a spot in the Final.  A bronze would give him a strong chance while a 4th place finish would keep him in the running.  Of all the competitors here, he has the easiest path to the Final.

Sei Kawahara won the bronze medal at JGP Czech Republic while He Zhang won the bronze last week at JGP Estonia.  Both need a gold medal to give them a strong chance to qualify for the Final while a silver medal would leave them on the bubble.  In the event of a tie, total scores matter, so Zhang has the edge currently as he has the highest score from his first event.

Shotaro Omori placed 4th at JGP Slovenia.  He needs a gold medal to keep himself in contention for the Final.  He still is underperforming his personal best, set at the 2013 Junior World Championships where he won bronze.  The gold medal is definitely in his reach if he is healthy and skates clean.

Andrei Lazukin could play a spoiler as he is competing in his first and only event of the season and is a medal threat.  He is listed as a substitute for the final event next week in Croatia, so he could be swapped in if he medals here.

My podium predictions:

Gold: Roman Sadovsky

Silver: He Zhang

Bronze: Sei Kawahara

 

Pairs

The Pairs event is completely up in the air for the Final.  With a third of all teams competing in two events making the Final and several who have yet to compete there are no sure bets at this point.  Between the two events there are 9 teams remaining who have a chance at qualifying (including three who have not competed).  Gainetdinova/Alexeev lead with 24 points followed by Gubanova/Sintsov who have 20.

Seguin and Bilodeau won gold at JGP Czech Republic.  A gold,  silver or bronze medal will guarantee their spot in the Final, while a 4th place finish will give them a strong chance.  A 5th or 6th place finish will keep them in the running.

Fedorova and Miroshkin took home the silver medal from JGP Czech Republic.  A gold or silver medal will guarantee them a ticket in the Final while a bronze medal will give them a strong chance.  They can keep their hopes alive with a 4th or 5th place finish.

Weinstein and Simon finished 5th at their debut at JGP Czech Republic.  They need a gold or silver medal to keep themselves in the running.

Several new teams are making their debuts including Chuschchanova and Mintsev and Beklemishev and Bobrov.  Liu and Johnson both competed on the JGP previously but this is their first event competing with each other.

My podium predictions:

Gold: Seguin/Bilodeau

Silver: Fedorova/Miroshkin

Bronze: Chuschchanova/Mintsev or Beklemishev/Bobrov

 

Dance

The Ice Dance field is looking to be extremely competitive for the Final this year.  Bent/Mackeen, Loboda/Drozd and Edwards/Pang have all qualified with 28 points.  The top competitors at this event are all extremely close score wise and this should be a very strong event.

Popova and Vlasenko won silver at JGP Czech Republic and Delmaestro and Lum won the silver at JGP Slovenia.  They need a gold medal to guarantee their spot in the Final.  A silver medal will give them a strong chance but without a gold medal, they’ll fall behind other teams in the rankings.

McNamara and Carpenter took home the bronze from JGP Czech Republic.  They need a gold medal to give themselves a chance at the Final and with a gold medal as the tie breaker, would most likely make it in.  They are the reigning Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalists and underperformed at their first event.

Evdokimova and Bazin need a gold medal to stay alive after their 4th place finish at JGP Czech Republic.

My podium predictions:

Gold: McNamara/Carpenter

Silver: Delmaestro/Lum

Bronze: Popova/Vlasenko

JGP Czech Republic Men’s Short Program Results

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Roman SADOVSKY CAN 67.51 35.15 32.36 6.50 6.21 6.54 6.43 6.68 0.00 #16
2 Alexander SAMARIN RUS 62.42 32.24 31.18 6.36 5.89 6.25 6.25 6.43 1.00 #20
3 Sei KAWAHARA JPN 60.55 32.72 28.83 6.00 5.54 5.86 5.79 5.64 1.00 #9
4 Andrew TORGASHEV USA 57.94 28.73 29.21 6.07 5.71 5.82 5.86 5.75 0.00 #4
5 Simon HOCQUAUX FRA 56.37 29.30 28.07 5.64 5.36 5.68 5.68 5.71 1.00 #14
6 Daniil BERNADINER RUS 53.49 26.85 26.64 5.54 5.25 5.32 5.32 5.21 0.00 #5
7 Niko ULANOVSKY GER 52.86 29.08 25.78 5.36 4.89 5.14 5.14 5.25 2.00 #18
8 Graham NEWBERRY GBR 52.11 26.01 27.10 5.46 5.14 5.50 5.50 5.50 1.00 #17
9 Matyas BELOHRADSKY CZE 51.30 25.98 25.32 4.82 4.86 5.25 5.25 5.14 0.00 #21
10 Nicky OBREYKOV SWE 49.66 26.66 23.00 4.82 4.43 4.50 4.71 4.54 0.00 #22
11 Taichi HONDA JPN 48.25 23.93 24.32 5.18 4.61 4.89 4.93 4.71 0.00 #1
12 Petr KOTLARIK CZE 48.09 24.59 23.50 4.75 4.43 4.82 4.82 4.68 0.00 #8
13 Se Jong BYUN KOR 46.55 23.44 24.11 5.18 4.61 4.86 4.82 4.64 1.00 #15
14 Ton CONSUL ESP 44.52 20.19 24.33 4.96 4.61 4.93 5.04 4.79 0.00 #19
15 Jan KURNIK CZE 42.64 20.60 23.04 4.61 4.43 4.61 4.68 4.71 1.00 #3
16 Kai Xiang CHEW MAS 41.10 21.18 19.92 4.21 3.68 4.00 4.07 3.96 0.00 #13
17 Glebs BASINS LAT 38.49 17.55 20.94 4.36 4.00 4.29 4.18 4.11 0.00 #12
18 Aleksandr SELEVKO EST 37.66 18.38 19.28 3.96 3.54 3.93 3.89 3.96 0.00 #11
19 Mikhail MEDUNITSA UKR 34.79 14.36 20.43 4.25 4.04 4.07 4.18 3.89 0.00 #2
20 Artsiom TSELUIKO BLR 34.49 15.20 20.29 4.29 3.79 4.14 4.11 3.96 1.00 #10
21 Donovan CARRILLO MEX 34.39 16.54 19.85 3.89 3.75 3.86 4.14 4.21 2.00 #6
22 Artur PANIKHIN KAZ 26.83 11.01 16.82 3.82 3.11 3.29 3.46 3.14 1.00 #7

2014 JGP Czech Republic Men’s Preview

Alexander Samarin claimed the bronze medal in his first assignment in France this season.  He’ll need a medal to stay in the running but a silver medal or better would improve his chances of qualifying for the Final.  He landed a triple axel in both programs in France but lost ground in his free skate when he had one of his jumping passes invalidated for using double toe on three combinations.  He also popped a lutz and got a deduction for a late start.  All of these errors are indicative of an early season performance and he should be able to clean them up and score better here.

After Samarin the picture becomes less clear.  Only one other skater has won a medal on the JGP (Roman Sadovsky in 2012) and many of the skaters are lacking international experience.  This is one of the youngest men’s fields to date on the JGP.

Daniil Bernadiner of Russia has just one international competition under his belt, winning the silver medal at NRW Trophy last season.  While international B competitions tend to be scored higher than JGP events, he could have made improvements since then.  The Russian men have been very strong at the junior level and his score is good enough to be in medal contention.

Tony Lu is in the same boat as Bernandier with a gold medal at Gardena Spring Trophy last season.  He finished 7th as a junior at US Nationals and didn’t have the strongest events this summer.  If he can replicate his Gardena performance he could find himself on the podium.

Simon Hocquaux already has one JGP event under his belt this season, placing 5th at JGP France.  His triple axel was under-rotated and he received an edge call in his short program and repeated these issues in his free skate.  He’ll need to clean up his skate if he wants to climb up the rankings.

Roman Sadovsky stormed on to the scene winning a bronze medal in his JGP debut in 2012 as a 13 year old.  He struggled a bit last season but set personal best scores at Junior Worlds and placed 13th.  He seems to be on an upward trend but needs to hang on to that momentum.

Other skaters in the mix include Sei Kawahara and Graham Newberry.  Andrew Torgashev also should not be overlooked.  He is making his international debut and placed just 4th as a novice at US nationals but has had an impressive summer.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Alexander Samarin

Silver: Roman Sadovsky

Bronze: Simon Hocquaux

 

Bios of the competitors:

Larry Loupolover, AZE: He placed 38th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 29th at JGP Poland and 20th at JGP Estonia last season.  His personal best is 98.81.  He is 15 years old.

Artsiom Tseluiko, BLR: He placed 19th at JGP Belarus last season.  His personal best is 91.85.  He is 14 years old.

Roman Sadovsky, CAN: He placed 13th at Junior Worlds.  He placed 14th at JGP Latvia and 8th at JGP Belarus last season.  His personal best is 178.44.  He is 15 years old.

Matyas Belohradsky, CZE: This is his international debut.  He is 13 years old.

Petr Kotlarik, CZE: He placed 18th at JGP Czech Republic last season.  His personal best is 120.15.  He is 15 years old.

Jan Kurnik, CZE: He placed 9th at JGP Czech Republic and 16th at JGP Estonia last season.  His personal best is 147.23.  He is 15 years old.

Aleksandr Selevko, EST: This is his international debut.  He is 13 years old.

Simon Hocquaux, FRA: He placed 14th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 5th at JGP France. His personal best is 173.95.  He is 18 years old.

Niko Ulanovsky, GER: He placed 18th at JGP Poland and 10th at JGP Estonia last season.     His personal best is 158.47.  He is 17 years old.

Graham Newberry, GBR: He placed 19th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 10th at JGP Mexico and 5th at JGP Czech Republic last season.  His personal best is 165.29.  He is 16 years old.

Taichi Honda, JPN: He placed 10th at JGP Belarus last season.  His personal best is 154.65.  He is 16 years old.

Sei Kawahara, JPN: He placed 7th at JGP Mexico and 9th at JGP Poland last season.  His personal best is 170.41.  He is 18 years old.

Artur Panikhin, KAZ: This is his international debut.  He is 14 years old.

Glebs Basins, LAT: He placed 24th at JGP Latvia last season.  His personal best is 107.20. He is 15 years old.

Kai Xiang Chew, MAS: This is his JGP debut.  He is 15 years old.

Donovan Carillo, MEX: This is his international debut.  He is 14 years old.

Se Jong Byun, KOR: This is his JGP debut.  He is 16 years old.

Daniil Bernadiner, RUS: This is his JGP debut.  He is 14 years old.

Alexander Samarin, RUS: He placed 8th at Junior Worlds.  He won bronze at JGP France.  His personal best is 186.96.  He is 16 years old.

Marco Klepoch, SVK: He placed 26th at Europeans and 27th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 21st at JGP Slovakia and 27th at JGP Poland last season.  His personal best is 114.13.  He is 16 years old.

Ton Consul, ESP: He placed 15th at JGP Slovenia.  His personal best is 134.37.  He is 16 years old.

Nicky Obreykov, SWE: He placed 12th at JGP Slovakia last season.  His personal best is 137.27.  He is 18 years old.

Mikhail Medunitsa, UKR: This is his JGP debut.  He is 14 years old.

Tony Lu, USA: This is his JGP debut.  He is 15 years old.

Andrew Torgashev, USA: This is his international debut.  He is 13 years old.

Challenge Cup Junior Men’s Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CH IN Deduction
StN.
1 Chase BELMONTES USA 57.49 31.91 25.58 4.92 4.83 5.17 5.33 5.33 0.00 #3
2 Sei KAWAHARA JPN 56.48 29.31 28.17 5.83 5.67 5.25 5.75 5.67 1.00 #6
3 Kevin SHUM USA 56.13 29.96 27.17 5.42 5.00 5.42 5.75 5.58 1.00 #8
4 Panagiotis POLIZOAKIS GER 53.67 26.92 27.75 5.58 4.92 5.67 5.75 5.83 1.00 #7
5 Kazuki TOMONO JPN 51.72 24.72 27.00 5.67 5.08 5.17 5.50 5.58 0.00 #9
6 Thomas KENNES NED 44.17 22.33 22.84 4.92 4.42 4.50 4.67 4.33 1.00 #1
7 Ton CONSUL ESP 37.52 16.44 21.08 4.00 4.17 4.08 4.50 4.33 0.00 #4
8 Michel TSIBA NED 32.65 12.90 19.75 4.00 4.00 3.83 4.00 3.92 0.00 #5

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CH IN Deduction
StN.
1 Sei KAWAHARA JPN 109.36 53.52 57.84 6.08 5.42 5.75 5.75 5.92 2.00 #7
2 Kazuki TOMONO JPN 107.28 54.28 53.00 5.42 5.08 5.33 5.42 5.25 0.00 #4
3 Panagiotis POLIZOAKIS GER 103.94 47.28 56.66 5.58 5.25 5.75 5.92 5.83 0.00 #5
4 Chase BELMONTES USA 94.01 46.35 49.66 4.92 5.00 4.75 5.08 5.08 2.00 #8
5 Ton CONSUL ESP 83.95 41.95 43.00 4.33 4.17 4.33 4.42 4.25 1.00 #2
6 Kevin SHUM USA 83.33 37.31 48.02 5.17 4.75 4.25 5.17 4.67 2.00 #6
7 Thomas KENNES NED 79.52 37.52 43.00 4.83 3.75 4.50 4.17 4.25 1.00 #3
8 Michel TSIBA NED 69.27 32.77 37.50 4.08 3.58 3.75 3.92 3.42 1.00 #

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Sei KAWAHARA JPN 165.84 2 1
2 Kazuki TOMONO JPN 159.00 5 2
3 Panagiotis POLIZOAKIS GER 157.61 4 3
4 Chase BELMONTES USA 151.50 1 4
5 Kevin SHUM USA 139.46 3 6
6 Thomas KENNES NED 123.69 6 7
7 Ton CONSUL ESP 121.47 7 5
8 Michel TSIBA NED 101.92 8 8
WD Niko ULANOVSKY GER

 

JGP Poland Men’s Preview

He Zhang took home the silver medal last week from JGP Slovakia.  He rebounded from a 5th place short program and won the free skate.  His score was just shy of his personal best.  He is competing in back to back events, but both were in Europe so he didn’t have to deal with any significant travel or jetlag.  He doesn’t have much time to make any adjustments between events but he stands a good chance of winning here if he can repeat his free skate and clean up his short program.

 

Adian Pitkeev also has a silver medal from this season in Latvia.  He also had a 5th place short program and won the free skate at his event.  He set personal bests in all segments of competition in Latvia.  He also has a good shot at the gold if he can clean up his short program.  Both of these men can qualify with the Final with a gold medal while a silver and a bronze will keep them in contention.

 

Nam Nguyen just missed out on the podium at JGP Mexico, but he did set a personal best total score.  He has won one medal on the JGP and will be looking to claim his 2nd medal here.  He had a growth spurt over the summer and is readjusting to his new height but seems to be coping fairly well.

 

Wenbo Zang competed last week in Slovakia and finished 6th in his JGP debut.  He significantly improved his personal best in his first international competition since 2010.

 

Alexander Petrov is making his competitive debut this season after winning a silver medal on the JGP last season.  He started off slow at his first JGP assignment last season but scored nearly 20 points higher in his 2nd outing.  He’ll need a personal best to contend for the podium, but it’s well within his grasp.

 

Also in the mix are Sei Kawahara who placed 7th in Mexico and Deniss Vasiljevs who placed 7th in Latvia.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: He Zhang

Silver: Adian Pitkeev

Bronze: Nam Nguyen

 

Bios of the competitors:

Slavik Hayrapetyan, ARM: He placed 21st at Junior Worlds.  His personal best is 143.48.  He is 17 years old.

 

David Kranjec, AUS: He placed 23rd at Four Continents and 24th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 12th at JGP Slovenia and 10th at JGP Croatia last season.  His personal best is 150.20.  He is 16 years old.

 

Larry Loupolover, AZE: This is his international debut.  He is 14 years old.

 

Ivo Gatovski, BUL: He finished 22nd at JGP Latvia.  His personal best is 115.84.  He is 15 years old.

 

Nam Nguyen, CAN: He placed 12th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 4th at JGP Mexico.  His personal best is 181.04.  He is 15 years old.

 

Wenbo Zang, CHN: He placed 6th at JGP Slovakia.  His personal best is 177.61.  He is 17 years old.

 

He Zhang, CHN: He finished 9th at Junior Worlds.  He won silver at JGP Slovakia.  His personal best is 193.97.  He is 16 years old.

 

Chih-I Tsao, TPE: He placed 23rd at Junior Worlds.  He finished 11th at JGP USA and 9th at JGP Croatia last season.  His personal best is 155.30.  He is 15 years old.

 

Tomas Kupka, CZE: He placed 14th at JGP Turkey last season.  His personal best is 126.12.  He is 18 years old.

 

Juho Pirinen, FIN: He placed 20th at JGP Latvia.  His personal best is 123.96.  He is 17 years old.

 

Adrien Tesson, FRA: This is his JGP debut.  He is 16 years old.

 

Armen Agaian, GEO: He finished 19th at JGP Latvia.  His personal best is 124.51.  He is 17 years old.

 

Panagiotis Polizoakis, GER: He placed 11th at JGP France and 14th at JGP Croatia last season.  His personal best is 135.58.  He is 18 years old.

 

Niko Ulanovsky, GER: He placed 11th at JGP Croatia last season.  His personal best is 158.47.  He is 16 years old.

 

Wayne Wing Yin Chung, HKG: He placed 24th at JGP Turkey last season.  His personal best is 99.44.  He is 17 years old.

 

Sei Kawahara, JPN: He placed 7th at JGP Mexico.  His personal best is 170.41.  He is 17 years old.

 

Shu Nakamura, JPN: He placed 6th at JGP Turkey and 8th at JGP Germany last season.  His personal best is 161.69.  He is 17 years old.

 

Deniss Vasiljevs, LAT: He placed 7th at JGP Latvia.  His personal best is 161.94.  He is 14 years old.

 

Julian Zhi Jie Yee, MAS: He finished 24th at Junior Worlds.  He placed 21st at JGP Slovenia.  His personal best is 112.93.  He is 16 years old.

 

Sondre Oddvoll Boe, NOR: He finished 26th at Junior Worlds.  He placed 23rd at JGP Latvia.  His personal best is 134.88.  He is 15 years old.

 

Kamil Dymowski, POL: He finished 27th at Junior Worlds last season.  He finished 12th at JGP Turkey last season.  His personal best is 128.77.  He is 18 years old.

 

Krzysztof Gala, POL: He placed 18th at JGP Latvia.  His personal best is 128.49.  He is 17 years old.

 

Dong-Won Lee, KOR: He placed 15th at JGP Slovakia.  His personal best is 166.93.  He is 16 years old.

 

Alexander Petrov, RUS: He finished 5th at JGP France and won silver at JGP Turkey last season.  His personal best is 174.45.  He is 14 years old.

 

Adian Pitkeev, RUS: He won silver at JGP Latvia.  His personal best is 187.19.  He is 15 years old.

 

Marco Klepoch, SVK: He placed 36th at Junior Worlds.  He placed 21st at JGP Slovakia.  His personal best is 114.13.  He is 15 years old.

 

Johann Wilkinson, RSA: This is his JGP debut.  He is 18 years old.

 

Hector Alonso Serrano, ESP: This is his JGP debut.  He is 15 years old.

 

Igor Reznichenko, UKR: He placed 12th at JGP Latvia.  His personal best is 150.05.  He is 18 years old.

 

Brian Krentz, USA: This is his international debut.  He is 18 years old.

 

Jordan Moeller, USA: He placed 9th at JGP Latvia.  His personal best is 158.74.  He is 18 years old.

JGP Mexico Men’s Preview

This is an inexperienced field of skaters with six making their international debut and an additional five making their JGP debut.  Of the remaining 9 skaters, only three have won medals on the JGP circuit.  


Nathan Chen has had a storied career already at the young age of 14.  He has won three national titles and medaled at nationals over six consecutive seasons in four levels.  He made his much anticipated JGP debut last season and won gold at his first event with a score that was still in the top 24 season’s best by the end of the season.  However, he had to withdraw from his 2nd event due to injury after the short program and struggled for the rest of the season and even failed to defend his junior national title.  Still, he has a 20 point advantage over this field and can afford to make a few mistakes and still land on top of the podium.  He had been working on a triple axel prior to his injuries and if he includes that here it could give him a huge edge.


Challenging him for the top spot will be Ryuju Hino of Japan.  He won two medals on the JGP circuit last season and went on to medal at the JGPF.  His score at the Final was impressive, nearly topping the 200 point mark, but he scored nearly 30 points lower at Junior Worlds and managed only a 10th place finish.  


Nam Nguyen is training with Brian Orser alongside some of the top skaters in the world, including Javier Fernandez and Yuzuru Hanyu.  He’s long been touted as one of Canada’s up and coming talents but hasn’t quite lived up to the hype yet.  He had trouble getting started last season but rebounded to win a bronze medal at his second JGP event.  He did show some improvement at Junior Worlds, but still managed only a 12th place finish.  


Other skaters to watch for are Andrei Lazukin who finished 7th in Austria last season and Sei Kawahara who placed 5th and 8th at his two assignments.


Tomoki Hiwatshi could make a run for the podium here.  He has won three US national titles at three different levels and at just 13, is eligible for international competition for the first time.  When he won the novice men’s title last year, he completed four triple jumps in his free skate but only attempted triple toes and salchows.  He’ll need a bigger arsenal to compete with the top talent here but his artistry might keep him in the mix.  Another young name to keep an eye on is Daniel Samohin who won the pewter medal at US Nationals as a novice but is now competing for Israel.


My podium predictions:

Gold: Nathan Chen

Silver: Ryuju Hino

Bronze: Nam Nguyen


Bios of the competitors:

Nam Nguyen, CAN: He placed 12th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 9th at JGP France and won bronze at JGP Turkey last season.  His personal best is 172.58.  He is 15 years old.


Meng Ju Lee, TPE: This is his JGP debut.  He is 17 years old.


Charles Tetar, FRA: He placed 7th at JGP France and 7th at JGP Slovenia last season.  His personal best is 156.43.  He is 18 years old.


Graham Newberry, GBR: This is his JGP debut.  He is 15 years old.


Lap Kan Yuen, HKG: He placed 20th at JGP Croatia last season.  His personal best is 84.93.  He is 17 years old.


Daniel Samohin, ISR: This is his international debut.  He is 15 years old.


Ryuju Hino, JPN: He placed 10th at Junior Worlds.  He won bronze at JGP France and silver at JGP Austria last season to qualify for the JGP Final where he won bronze.  His personal best is 198.92.  He is 18 years old.  


Sei Kawahara, JPN: He placed 5th at JGP Austria and 8th at JGP Croatia last season.  His personal best is 170.41.  He is 17 years old.


Zhen Feng Chan, MAS: This is his JGP debut.  He is 18 years old.


David Bosquez, MEX: This is his international debut.  He is 18 years old.


Donavan Carillo, MEX: This is his international debut.  He is 13 years old.


Eduardo Luna, MEX: This is his international debut.  He is 18 years old.


June Hyoung Lee, KOR: He finished 17th at Four Continents and 13th at Junior Worlds.  He placed 5th at JGP USA and 9th at JGP Turkey last season.  His personal best is 176.48.  He is 16 years old.


Alexei Genia, RUS: This is his international debut.  He is 13 years old.


Andrei Lazukin, RUS: He placed 7th at JGP Austria last season.  His personal best is 163.27.  He is 15 years old.


Ancio Van Tonder, RSA: This is his JGP debut.  He is 15 years old.


John-Olof Hallman, SWE: This is his JGP debut.  His personal best is 120.12.  He is 16 years old.


Vincent Cuerel, SUI: He placed 20th at JGP France last season.  His personal best is 102.15.  He is 17 years old.


Nathan Chen, USA: He won gold at JGP Austria last season.  His personal best is 222.00.  He is 14 years old.


Tomoki Hiwatshi, USA: This is his international debut.  He is 13 years old.

JGP Croatia Men’s Preview

This is the big event for qualifying for the Junior Grand Prix Final with 9 skaters vying for spots.

Nathan Chen holds the highest scores of the season in the short program, free skate and total score, without two triple axels or a quad like some of the other top men have been landing.  Despite his young age, he has lots of competitive experience and nerves don’t seem to be a factor for him.  He’s remarkably consistent and if he repeats his performance from Austria, he should easily repeat for gold here.  A 4th or 5th place finish will keep him in the running for the Final but he needs at least a bronze to guarantee himself a spot.

Alexander Samarain and Jin Seo Kim both won bronze medals in their JGP debuts.  They need a gold medal to guarantee a spot in the Final but would need a major mistake by Chen or a drastic increase in their personal bests to challenge him.  For Samarin, a silver medal with a score of at least 184.43 will keep him in the running while a bronze medal will likely not be enough.  Kim needs a silver with a score of 191.59 to give himself the best possible chance of making the Final.

Petr Coufal, Harrison Choate and Michael Christian Martinez all have 4th place finished this season and a gold medal finish here could punch their ticket to the Final but it’s likely to be a tall order for them to accomplish in this field.

Han Yan and Sei Kawahara can put themselves on the bubble with a gold medal and Han Yan has the best chance of doing so if he can recover from his disappointing showing in Slovenia and regain the form that won him the World Junior title.

The wild card in this event is Maxim Kovtun of Russia who won two medals on the JGP last season to qualify for the Final where he finished just off the podium.  He kicks off his season here and will compete again next week in Germany.  Two silver medals or a gold and bronze will guarantee him a spot in the Final.

My podium predictions:
Gold: Nathan Chen
Silver: Maxim Kovtun
Bronze: Alexander Samarin

Bios of the competitors:
Slavik Hayrapetyan, ARM: He placed 18th in the preliminary round at Worlds, 28th at Europeans and 26th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 18th at JGP Latvia and 14th at JGP Romania last season.  His personal best is 128.97.  He is 16 years old.

David Kranjec, AUS: He placed 12th at JGP Croatia.   His personal best is 138.41.  He is 18 years old.

Pavel Ignatenko, BLR: He placed 30th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 7th at JGP Turkey.  His personal best is 155.08.  He is 17 years old.

Luiz Manella, BRA: He placed 22nd at Four Continents and 16th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 7th at JGP Italy last season.  His personal best is 162.53.  He is 17 years old.

Iassen Petkov, BUL: He placed 11th at JGP Turkey.  His personal best is 136.61.  He is 18 years old.

Mitchell Gordon, CAN: He placed 8th at JGP Austria.  His personal best is 162.62.  He is 16 years old.

Han Yan, CHN: He is the reigning Junior World Champion.  He placed 5th at JGP Croatia.  His personal best is 222.45.  He is 16 years old.


Petr Coufal, CZE: He placed 17th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 4th at JGP Austria.  His personal best is 175.72.  He is 17 years old.


Panagiotis Polizoakis, GER: He placed 11th at JGP France.  His personal best is 135.08.  He is 17 years old.


Sei Kawahara, JPN: He placed 5th at JGP Austria.  His personal best is 170.41.  He is 16 years old.


Michael Christian Martinez, PHI: He placed 15th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 4th at JGP USA.  His personal best is 165.10.  He is 15 years old.



Chih-I Tsao, TPE: He finished 23rd at Junior Worlds.  He placed 11th at JGP USA.  His 
personal best is 133.24.  He is 14 years old.

Steven Spencer Baker, CRO: This is his international debut.

Mislav Blagojevic, CRO: This is his JGP debut.

Petar Cetinic, CRO: This is his international debut.

Tino Olenius, FIN: This is his JGP debut.  His personal best is 127.12.  He is 16 years old.


Lap Kan Yuen, HKG: He placed 24th at JGP Italy last season.  His personal best is 84.93.  He is 16 years old.

Kristof Forgo, HUN: His personal best is 98.55.  He is 18 years old.

Carlo Vittorio Palermo, ITA: This is his JGP debut.  His personal best is 125.55.  He is 16 years old.

Jin Seo Kim, KOR: He won bronze at JGP Slovenia.  His personal best is 175.87.  He is 15 years old.

Maxim Kovtun, RUS: He won gold at JGP Romania and silver at JGP Estonia last season to qualify for the JGPF where he placed 4th.  His personal best is 193.76.  He is 17 years old.

Alexander Samarin, RUS: He won bronze at JGP Croatia.  His personal best is 183.03.

Nicky Obreykov, SWE: This is his JGP debut.  He is 16 years old.

Osman Akgun, TUR: He placed 16th in the preliminary round at Junior Worlds.  He finished 13th at JGP Turkey.  His personal best is 131.15.  He is 16 years old.

Nathan Chen, USA: He won gold at JGP Austria.  His personal best is 222.00.  He is 13 years old.

Harrison Choate, USA: He placed 4th at JGP France.  His personal best is 169.70.  He is 18 years old.

JGP Austria Men’s Free Skate Results

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Nathan CHEN USA 146.85 79.51 67.34 6.75 6.46 6.86 6.71 6.89 0.00 #22
2 Jin Seo KIM KOR 126.27 71.07 55.20 5.89 5.00 5.75 5.50 5.46 0.00 #12
3 Ryuju HINO JPN 125.44 69.88 57.56 6.21 5.43 5.64 5.75 5.75 2.00 #21
4 Petr COUFAL CZE 118.87 61.59 57.28 5.71 5.46 5.82 5.79 5.86 0.00 #19
5 Jay YOSTANTO USA 111.90 59.84 53.06 5.50 4.93 5.32 5.46 5.32 1.00 #20
6 Mitchell GORDON CAN 111.54 55.84 55.70 5.71 5.39 5.43 5.68 5.64 0.00 #14
7 Sei KAWAHARA JPN 108.68 53.96 55.72 5.75 5.29 5.50 5.71 5.61 1.00 #18
8 Andrei LAZUKIN RUS 105.63 55.75 51.88 5.36 5.04 5.00 5.36 5.18 2.00 #17
9 Feodosiy EFREMENKOV RUS 105.12 55.42 49.70 5.21 4.75 5.00 4.96 4.93 0.00 #15
10 Niko ULANOVSKY GER 91.80 46.28 45.52 4.79 4.25 4.61 4.57 4.54 0.00 #11
11 Viktor ROMANENKOV EST 91.65 43.27 48.38 5.11 4.57 4.79 4.93 4.79 0.00 #13
12 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE NOR 89.57 48.07 41.50 4.39 3.75 4.32 4.18 4.11 0.00 #6
13 Nicola TODESCHINI SUI 89.09 47.79 42.30 4.54 4.04 4.21 4.29 4.07 1.00 #10
14 Matthias VERSLUIS FIN 84.50 37.58 47.92 4.89 4.64 4.82 4.86 4.75 1.00 #16
15 Jordan JU TPE 77.22 42.94 38.28 4.39 3.46 3.68 3.93 3.68 4.00 #8
16 Marco KLEPOCH SVK 66.06 30.50 36.56 3.89 3.43 3.50 3.89 3.57 1.00 #9
17 Suchet KONGCHIM THA 65.87 33.15 32.72 3.71 2.93 3.32 3.29 3.11 0.00 #2
18 Giorgio SETTEMBRINI ITA 62.14 26.70 37.44 3.96 3.54 3.61 3.82 3.79 2.00 #4
19 Manuel DRECHSLER AUT 61.36 31.08 30.28 3.32 2.64 3.11 3.11 2.96 0.00 #3
20 Simon-Gabriel IONIAN AUT 58.14 22.86 37.28 4.00 3.39 3.68 3.82 3.75 2.00 #7
21 Kristof BREZAR SLO 57.28 29.86 27.42 3.07 2.57 2.68 2.82 2.57 0.00 #5
22 Pavel STRAKACH BLR 56.39 25.21 31.18 3.71 2.71 3.07 3.21 2.89 0.00 #1
FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Nathan CHEN
USA
222.00 1 1
2 Ryuju HINO
JPN
185.85 3 3
3 Jin Seo KIM
KOR
175.87 10 2
4 Petr COUFAL
CZE
175.72 5 4
5 Sei KAWAHARA
JPN
170.41 2 7
6 Jay YOSTANTO
USA
165.74 6 5
7 Andrei LAZUKIN
RUS
163.27 4 8
8 Mitchell GORDON
CAN
162.62 9 6
9 Feodosiy EFREMENKOV
RUS
158.57 7 9
10 Viktor ROMANENKOV
EST
144.00 8 11
11 Niko ULANOVSKY
GER
139.19 12 10
12 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE
NOR
134.88 13 12
13 Matthias VERSLUIS
FIN
133.26 11 14
14 Nicola TODESCHINI
SUI
130.91 15 13
15 Jordan JU
TPE
120.55 14 15
16 Marco KLEPOCH
SVK
105.99 16 16
17 Suchet KONGCHIM
THA
98.31 19 17
18 Giorgio SETTEMBRINI
ITA
97.59 18 18
19 Simon-Gabriel IONIAN
AUT
95.10 17 20
20 Kristof BREZAR
SLO
85.93 21 21
21 Pavel STRAKACH
BLR
85.62 20 22
22 Manuel DRECHSLER
AUT
84.99 22 19
WD Johannes MAIERHOFER
AUT

JGP Austria Men’s Short Program Results

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Nathan CHEN USA 75.15 43.05 32.10 6.50 6.14 6.57 6.39 6.50 0.00 #22
2 Sei KAWAHARA JPN 61.73 34.66 27.07 5.61 5.00 5.46 5.43 5.57 0.00 #18
3 Ryuju HINO JPN 60.41 33.41 27.00 5.75 5.00 5.21 5.61 5.43 0.00 #7
4 Andrei LAZUKIN RUS 57.64 32.79 24.85 5.21 4.75 4.93 5.00 4.96 0.00 #3
5 Petr COUFAL CZE 56.85 31.66 25.19 5.32 4.68 5.04 5.11 5.04 0.00 #6
6 Jay YOSTANTO USA 53.84 27.69 26.15 5.43 4.93 5.25 5.29 5.25 0.00 #23
7 Feodosiy EFREMENKOV RUS 53.45 29.51 23.94 5.11 4.43 4.79 4.82 4.79 0.00 #12
8 Viktor ROMANENKOV EST 52.35 26.17 26.18 5.21 4.96 5.29 5.29 5.43 0.00 #13
9 Mitchell GORDON CAN 51.08 24.86 27.22 5.43 5.32 5.36 5.54 5.57 1.00 #14
10 Jin Seo KIM KOR 49.60 25.71 24.89 5.50 4.89 4.43 5.18 4.89 1.00 #17
11 Matthias VERSLUIS FIN 48.76 24.00 24.76 4.93 4.68 4.86 5.04 5.25 0.00 #8
12 Niko ULANOVSKY GER 47.39 25.39 22.00 4.64 4.14 4.29 4.54 4.39 0.00 #4
13 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE NOR 45.31 23.34 21.97 4.32 4.18 4.50 4.43 4.54 0.00 #20
14 Jordan JU TPE 43.33 22.61 21.72 4.61 4.00 4.29 4.43 4.39 1.00 #5
15 Nicola TODESCHINI SUI 41.82 20.26 21.56 4.46 4.07 4.36 4.46 4.21 0.00 #15
16 Marco KLEPOCH SVK 39.93 20.32 19.61 3.93 3.96 3.86 4.11 3.75 0.00 #2
17 Simon-Gabriel IONIAN AUT 36.96 18.39 19.57 4.07 3.50 3.82 4.18 4.00 1.00 #16
18 Giorgio SETTEMBRINI ITA 35.45 14.44 22.01 4.50 4.11 4.29 4.54 4.57 1.00 #10
19 Suchet KONGCHIM THA 32.44 13.97 18.47 3.86 3.43 3.71 3.79 3.68 0.00 #11
20 Pavel STRAKACH BLR 29.23 12.52 18.71 4.04 3.57 3.64 3.75 3.71 2.00 #21
21 Kristof BREZAR SLO 28.65 14.42 15.23 3.29 2.79 3.04 3.18 2.93 1.00 #19
22 Manuel DRECHSLER AUT 23.63 11.02 14.61 3.14 2.79 2.71 3.04 2.93 2.00 #9
WD Johannes MAIERHOFER AUT #1