No way the US wants to put Harrell and Liu against each other and the Russian/Japanese teams also. That would be really not smart. Unlike the senior GP events, the Federations have total control over who goes where in the JGP which is why the rosters change so much over the season. At least Tutberidze gets to see her kid skate live since she'll be there with her skaters.Oh no. Hanna Harrell is going to France? Was hoping to see her at Lake Placid.
No way the US wants to put Harrell and Liu against each other and the Russian/Japanese teams also. That would be really not smart. Unlike the senior GP events, the Federations have total control over who goes where in the JGP which is why the rosters change so much over the season. At least Tutberidze gets to see her kid skate live since she'll be there with her skaters.
Here’s Kutovoy’s SP from Tamara Moskvina’s master class in Igora last weekendI've really enjoyed Kutovoy's skating at Russian national competitions the past few years so I hope he has a good junior debut.
Thank you! He's grown; he's taller than Moskvina now Add a sweater vest and he'd fit right in at Canadian Nationals with that program.
Last season's JPN junior silver medalist Nana ARAKI and junior bronze medalist Tomoe KAWABATA are the 2 ladies listed for Courchevel (both had 2 fifth place finishes in their respective JGPs last year). Both Araki [S13/J2] and Kawabata [S10/J3] are listed in Team A for Japan.Anticipating the 2019 JGP debuts of:
Kamilla Valieva RUS
Alysa Liu USA
LADIES who medalled last year (not all may be selected by the feds with deep fields) and/or were top 12 at 2019 Junior Worlds:
Kseniia Sinytsina RUS - JW4 / JGP silver
Alena Kanysheva RUS - JGPF4 / 2 JGP silvers
Anastasia Tarakanova RUS - JGPF5 / JGP gold & silver
Anna Tarusina RUS - JGPF alt. / 2 JGP silvers (unless selected for GP as an alternate)
Viktoria Vasilieva RUS - JGP bronze
Hanna Harrell USA - JW7
Haein Kee KOR - JW8 / JGP bronze
Alison Schumacher CAN - JW10
Alina Urushadze GEO - JW11
Tomoe Kawabata JPN - JW12
Rion Sumiyoshi JPN - JGP bronze
Shiika Yoshioka JPN - JGP bronze
Still age-eligible: Yi Christy Leung HKG (unless selected for GP as an alternate; 14th in 2019 Worlds debut)
Rino MATSUIKE [J8] (also added to Team B after the 6/15 JGP test skate)Azusa Tanaka Free Skating at Inter-Junior High, Feb 5 2019
[ETA: video has since been removed ]
She is a prospect from Mie Hamada team.
Daria Usacheva SP in early April 2019 (2A, 3F, 3Lz+3T, all level 4 spins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhkxrfrfGUkKanysheva + Usacheva isn't easy but it's not the hardest draw.
Valieva, Kanysheva, Kawabata, Usacheva, Lee, Tarusina, Tarakanova, Sinitsina all have more of a shot and that's without going into the second tier Russians like Vasilieva or Kromykh, and the new Japanese and Koreans that I'm not familiar with.
And Gubanova, please.
That's a nice list, though I've never seen Usacheva or Valieva, & Kawabata didn't get through a clean free skate all last season. Very competitive in the SP, but it was fairly misleading. (Feel like Izzo's record is likewise more competitive in the SP and then the free is not as competitive).
I didn't see Gubanova on the alternate list for Russia which is why I didn't list her
Valieva was the top Russian novice last year and she's very good, particularly in the spins. Her, Kromykh and Usacheva are all in Eteri's group and first year juniors this year. I can't remember much about Kromkykh, but Usacheva gets nice air to her jumps but was inconsistent last year.
You're right about Kawabata - she had a rough LP every single time last year. But she has the skills - gorgeous SS and big jumps, all the triples, 3Lz+3T. It's about putting it together for her and I hope she does.
Adam is out.
Those are the only two junior pairs in the ISP who have competed so far this summer. Only 3 other junior pairs are currently listed in the ISP: Knoop/Eisenach, Fleming/Isbell and Smirnova/Siianytsia (latter 2 teams WD from Skate Detroit).Why is USFS only sending 2 pairs? How many Junior teams are age eligible?