The first big competition, the Moscow Open championships (junior level competition) started today! There are some promising skaters competing. Past competitors includ Radionova, Sotnikova, Sotskova, etc. Top 3 in each discipline - I included the video links when available. Junior Ladies: 1 Elizaveta Iushchenko 58.86 (3T+3T, 3Lo, 2A , no negative GOE overall) 2 Victoria Bezrukova 54.98 (3S+3T, 3Lo, 2A) 3 Valeria Evseeva 53.30 (3Lz+2T, 3Lo, 2A) (Julia Li, who is listed to compete at the JGP Minsk, was 6th with 51.34. She landed Rippon 3Lz+2T, 3Lo, 2A) Junior Pairs 1 Kamila Gainetdinova / Ivan Bich 53.41 (2Tw, 3TTh, 2A - all clean, but only level 1 in the spin) 2 Anastasia Halkina / Vladimir Arkhipov 44.73 3 Anastasia Gubanova / Alexander Sintsov 44.15 Junior Dance 1 Betina Popova / Yuri Vlasenko 51.87 2 Xenia Konkina / Georgy Revia 46.83 3 Anna KUBLIKOVA / Mikhail Homyachenok 45.36 Link to results & protocol Iuschenko impressed me - good technical content and I thought she expressed the music well. I think that if she skates well in the LP she should certainly be given a JGP as she could qualify for the final. She's currently listed as an alternate in the last two JGPs. On another note, Viktoria Volchkova had a student here, Sofia Istomin, who I found super adorable and charming: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaa6A62FGLU She exudes such joy when she skates!