2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games figure skating, Jan. 7-15, Lausanne, Switzerland

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ISU event page: https://www.isu.org/figure-skating/...0-winter-youth-olympic-games?templateParam=11

Entries published today (Jan. 6): http://www.isuresults.com/events/fsevent03111951.htm

Junior Men
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No. Name Nation
1 Aleksa RAKIC CAN 1
2 Yudong CHEN CHN 2
3 Daniel MRAZEK CZE 3
4 Arlet LEVANDI EST 4
5 Francois PITOT FRA 5
6 Nikita KOVALENKO ISR 6
7 Nikolaj MEMOLA ITA 7
8 Matteo NALBONE ITA 7
9 Yuma KAGIYAMA JPN 8
10 Younghyun CHA KOR 9
11 Andrei MOZALEV RUS 10
12 Daniil SAMSONOV RUS 10
13 Noah BODENSTEIN SUI 11
14 Andrey KOKURA UKR 12
15 Liam KAPEIKIS USA 13
16 Ilia MALININ USA 13

Junior Ladies
Entries
No. Name Nation
1 Ekaterina RYABOVA AZE 1
2 Ivelina BAYCHEVA BUL 2
3 Catherine CARLE CAN 3
4 Eva Lotta KIIBUS EST 4
5 Nella PELKONEN FIN 5
6 Maia MAZZARA FRA 6
7 Alina URUSHADZE GEO 7
8 Regina SCHERMANN HUN 8
9 Alessia TORNAGHI ITA 9
10 Mana KAWABE JPN 10
11 Young YOU KOR 11
12 Anna FROLOVA RUS 12
13 Kseniia SINITSYNA RUS 12
14 Anais CORADUCCI SUI 13
15 Audrey SHIN USA 14
16 Kate WANG USA 14

Junior Pairs
Entries
No. Name Nation
1 Brooke MCINTOSH / Brandon TOSTE CAN 1
2 Yuchen WANG / Yihang HUANG CHN 2
3 Alina BUTAEVA / Luka BERULAVA GEO 3
4 Letizia ROSCHER / Luis SCHUSTER GER 4
5 Diana MUKHAMETZIANOVA / Ilya MIRONOV RUS 5
6 Apollinariia PANFILOVA / Dmitry RYLOV RUS 5
7 Sofiia NESTEROVA / Artem DARENSKYI UKR 6
8 Catherine FLEMING / Jedidah ISBELL USA 7

Junior Ice Dance
Entries
No. Name Nation
1 Natalie D'ALESSANDRO / Bruce WADDELL CAN 1
2 Miku MAKITA / Tyler GUNARA CAN 1
3 Denisa CIMLOVA / Vilem HLAVSA CZE 2
4 Celina FRADJI / Jean-Hans FOURNEAUX FRA 3
5 Yulia LEBEDEVA-BITADZE / Mikhail KAYGORODTSEV GEO 4
6 Giulia TUBA / Andrea TUBA ITA 5
7 Utana YOSHIDA / Shingo NISHIYAMA JPN 6
8 Irina KHAVRONINA / Dario CIRISANO RUS 7
9 Sofya TYUTYUNINA / Alexander SHUSTITSKIY RUS 7
10 Gina ZEHNDER / Beda Leon SIEBER SUI 8
11 Anna CHERNIAVSKA / Oleg MURATOV UKR 9
12 Katarina WOLFKOSTIN / Jeffrey CHEN USA 10

Time schedule (as of Dec. 13, 2019): https://www.isu.org/docman-document...lympic-games-lausanne-2020-time-schedule/file
Competition days (5):
Friday, January 10: Pairs SP, Men SP
Saturday, Jan. 11: Rhythm Dance, Ladies SP
Sunday, Jan. 12: Pairs FS, Men FS
Monday, Jan. 13: Free Dance, Ladies FS
Wednesday, Jan. 15: Mixed-NOCs team event (8 teams, I assume)

All Figure Skating competitions reportedly will be live streamed on ISU.ORG.

More info in this Olympic Channel article:
 
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Rankings by ISU personal best

Men

Samsonov - 250.51
Kagiyama - 245.35
Mozalev - 241.48
Chen - 205.16
Malinin - 203.47
Rakic - 200.71
Cha - 186.01
Kapeikis - 162.33
Memola - 158.51
Bodenstein - 152.47
Pitot - 150.03
Kokura - 149.73
Mrazek - 143.61
Kovalenko - 141.98
Nalbone - 123.14
Levandi - [no ISU personal best]

Ladies
You - 217.49*
Sinitsyna - 215.58
Ryabova - 187.77*
Frolova - 181.96
Tornaghi - 175.93
Kiibus - 166.10*
Wang - 164.59
Kawabe - 163.73
Urushadze - 165.37
Mazzara - 152.25*
Coraducci - 134.44
Shin - 143.29
Schermann - 133.50
Baycheva - 110.26
Carle - [no ISU personal best]
Pelkonen - [no ISU personal best]

* from a senior event.

Pairs
Panfilova/Rylov - 192.73
Mukhametzianova/Mironov - 184.37
Butaeva/Berulava - 142.05
Nesterova/Darenskyi - 140.88
McIntosh/Toste - 138.14
Wang/Huang - 132.76
Roscher/Schuster - 116.56
Fleming/Isbell - [no ISU personal best]

Ice dance
Tyutyunina/Shustitskiy - 154.39
Makita/Gunara - 154.11
D'Alessandro/Waddell - 152.76
Wolfkostin/Chen - 148.81
Yoshida/Nishiyama - 140.40
Fradji/Fourneaux - 128.77
Cherniavska/Muratov - 125.28
Tuba/Tuba - 118.09
Cimlova/Hlavsa - 111.22
Khavronina/Cirisano - [no ISU personal best]
Zehnder/Sieber - [no ISU personal best]
Lebedeva-Bitadze/Kaygorodtsev - [no ISU personal best]
 
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Pitot's ISU PB is 150.03 at JGP Courchevel in late August 2019.

Volvo Open Cup Junior Ladies (Riga, Latvia in November 2019):
1 Kseniia SINITSINA RUS 176.57 6 1
4 Catherine CARLE CAN 153.83 3 5
Junior Men:
5 Arlet LEVANDI EST 156.91 4 6
6 Noah BODENSTEIN SUI 154.07 7 4
7 Nikita KOVALENKO ISR 151.85 5 7
Junior Pairs:
1 Appolinaria PANFILOVA / Dmitry RYLOV RUS 182.15 1 1
2 Diana MUKHAMETZIANOVA / Ilia MIRONOV RUS 158.38 5 2
3 Alina BUTAEVA / Luka BERULAVA GEO 156.54 3 3

Tallin Trophy Junior Men (November 2019):
1 Francois PITOT FRA 159.16 1 1
5 Arlet LEVANDI EST 141.41 7 3

Open Andorra Junior Ladies (late November 2019):
4 Nella PELKONEN FIN 116.64 9 3

ETA:

Cate Fleming/Jedidiah Isbell most recently finished 5th in Junior at the U.S. Pairs Final (November 2019) with a total score of 119.25 (42.46 in SP, 76.79 in FS). YOG will be their junior international debut.

Katarina Wolfkostin/Jeffrey Chen's most recent international was Golden Spin of Zagreb (December 2019) where they placed 2nd in Junior Dance with a total score of 163.81 (66.52 in RD, 97.29 in FD). Denisa Cimlova/Vilem Hlavsa CZE placed 8th with 126.01.
Alina Butaeva/Luka Berulava GEO won Junior Pairs with 142.54.
Arlet Levandi EST placed 3rd in Junior Men with 129.06.
 
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I avoided citing those minor junior events because I think the scoring at them in things like dance tends to be notably higher than on the JGPs.
 

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Wolfkostin / Chen had been skating together for less than 3 months before their first JGP, and their 2nd event was in early September. It stands to reason their scores would go up at Golden Spin given an additional 3 months of practice.
 

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Wolfkostin / Chen had been skating together for less than 3 months before their first JGP, and their 2nd event was in early September. It stands to reason their scores would go up at Golden Spin given an additional 3 months of practice.
Sure, but that Golden Spin score would have ranked them fourth at the JGP Final, less than a point off bronze. I absolutely think they're a team with a lot of upside, but I find it unlikely that they've suddenly shot that far up the rankings.
 

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Golden Spin scores were no more more inflated than D'Alessandro/Waddell's Challenge score - they went from 152.76 to 174.32 in just two months, and they've been skating together for 3 seasons. D/W's score was just short of GPF gold by .58 and by .44 of GPF silver.

Wolfkostin / Chen scored 160.91 at Sectionals---higher than their JGP scores, but not by 20 points. Then they went to GS and scored 163.81 -- still less than 20 points over the GP.
 
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Golden Spin scores were no more more inflated than D'Alessandro/Waddell's Challenge score - they went from 152.76 to 174.32 in just two months, and they've been skating together for 3 seasons. D/W's score was just short of GPF gold by .58 and by .44 of GPF silver.
Uh, sure, but that’s a domestic score and I didn’t list it for the same reason.

All the teams have room to grow their scores at YOG, between general progression through the season and hopefully not making errors (large or small) that they made earlier.
 

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Just looked up the protocol for JGP RUS where Wolfkostin / Chen scored 148.81. Turns out Katarina fell on the twizzles and they lost 5 points on that element, plus the 1.00 for the fall. But they placed 2nd in the FD, beating Davis / Smolkin. So the jump in points from their 2nd GP to Golden Spin doesn't look nearly as 'inflated'. It looks more like a brand new team has improved since their debut.
 

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I think it might be fair to say that all of these teams could be in the hunt for a medal based on what we have seen this season:
Tyutyunina/Shustitskiy
Makita/Gunara
D'Alessandro/Waddell
Wolfkostin/Chen
Yoshida/Nishiyama

The top three scores are very close, plus Tyutyunina & Shustistskiy split results with D'Alessandro & Waddell in one event.
Makita & Gunara have a score comparable to Tyutyunina & Shustiskiy.
Wolfkostin & Chen split scores with Ushakova & Nekrasov and Bashynska & Beaumont this season. (B&B have been splitting scores with Makita & Gunara).
Yoshida & Nishiyama's scores are off the pace, but their scoring potential does appear to be climbing, and if I remember correctly, they counted one if not two falls in their second event? I've no time to look it up right now.
We've not seen the 2nd Russian team on the JGP, but based on how the Russian junior teams usually place in their first events, we'll go ahead & factor them as well.

These are young junior teams. None with much experience competing for international medals. Almost all have had mistakes this season. (W&C have had falls in @half of their events so still learning for sure). Really, I think it's possible for all of these teams to surprise. It's a learning experience and a great opportunity for young teams that are at this point just cracking the JGP podiums.
 
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Competition experience for the above teams:
D'Alessandro / Waddell: PB TS 152.76 JGP Egna 2019, RD 63.25 Egna 2019, FD 90.44 Riga 2019
JGP Egna / Neumarket 2019 2nd
JGP Riga 2019 4th
JGP Canada 2018 6th
JGP Austria 2018 4th
JGP Brisbane 2017 6th

Makita / Gunara: PB TS 154.11, RD 52.25, FD 91.86 all JGP Baltic Cup 2019
JGP Baltic Cup 2019 4th
JGP Lake Placid 2019 4th
Lake Placid ID Intl 2019 Jrs 6th
JGP Canada 2018 8th
Lake Placid ID Championship Jrs 2018 2nd

Tyutyunina/Shustitskiy: PB TS 154.39 JGP Croatia Cup 2019, RD 64.34 JGP Croatia Cup, FD 91.97 JGP Riga Cup
JGP Croatia Cup 2019 2nd
JGP Riga Cup 2019 3rd
Santa Claus Cup Jrs 2017 5th


Wolfkostin / Chen: PB 148.81 JGP Chelyabinsk 2019, RD 58.90 JGP Courchevel 2019, FD 93.90 JGP Chelyabinsk
Golden Spin Jrs 2019 2nd 163.81 (66.52/97.29)
JGP Chelyabinsk 2019 4th
JGP Courchevel 2019 5th


Yoshida/Nishiyama: PB TS 140.40 JGP Egna 2019, RD 56.43 Lake Placid 2019, FD 85.48 JGP Egna 2019
JGP Egna 2019 6th
Lake Placid ID Championships Jrs 2019 6th


Of the 5 young teams mentioned above, by far D/W and M/G are the most experienced, and T/S, W/C and Y/N the least.
But while the Russians have skated together since 2017, W/C and Y/N are brand new teams, having joined up just prior to the JGP this year.
 

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Cross-posting 2 YOG men's articles in this thread:

Article about Anna Kondrashova Levandi and her son, Arlet:

Thank you to @shutterbug for posting this Richmond (B.C.) News article on USA's Liam Kapeikis who currently trains at the Connaught SC, coached by Keegan Murphy:
 

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Unfortunately I can't read this Boston Globe article on Cate Fleming/Jedidiah Isbell but it's great they're getting the coverage!
ETA that I was able to read the article via my phone:
Excerpt:
However, Fleming’s trip was in jeopardy because of a concussion she suffered early in 2019, the third one she has had in her skating career.
“When Cate had her concussion, they both had to work [through] personal issues,” said Palascak. “For pairs skaters, the individual elements are often weaker, but it’s actually one of their strengths. They’ve spent six seasons together and really developed a strong bond.”
The injury forced Fleming to miss several competitions, including the Skate Detroit event in July that has become a premier showcase for the nation’s youngest figure skaters.
“My family, my coaches, and my partner were all really supportive through it,” Fleming said. “I worked with a great medical team and I was back working pretty quickly to how bad the concussion was.”
Fleming recovered in time to compete in the first US National Qualifying Series in the junior pairs last summer, and she and Isbell finished third to qualify for the Youth Olympics.
Last month the Skating Club of Boston posted a congratulatory news item re. Fleming/Isbell being selected to compete at the Youth Olympics:
Since beginning their pairs skating career at the Club in 2015, Cate and Jedidiah have been continuing to climb the ranks within the pairs discipline. They are three-time U.S. Championships medalists, five-time U.S. Championships competitors, and have qualified to compete in their sixth U.S. Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, in January 2020. Cate and Jedidiah won bronze in their first international competition, the North American Series in Toronto, in August 2018. This summer they took 3rd place in the first-ever U.S. National Qualifying Series in the junior pairs event.
They are coached by Fred Palascak and Melanie Lambert at ScoB.
 
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Starting orders are posted for Pairs & Men SP tomorrow (Friday):

Pair Skating - Short Program Starting Order
Warm-Up Group 1
1 ROSCHER Letizia / SCHUSTER Luis GER
2 FLEMING Cate / ISBELL Jedidah USA
3 WANG Yuchen / HUANG Yihang CHN
4 BUTAEVA Alina / BERULAVA Luka GEO
Warm-Up Group 2
5 PANFILOVA Apollinariia / RYLOV Dmitry RUS
6 NESTEROVA Sofiia / DARENSKYI Artem UKR
7 McINTOSH Brooke / TOSTE Brandon CAN
8 MUKHAMETZIANOVA Diana / MIRONOV Ilya RUS

Men Single Skating - Short Program Starting Order
Warm-Up Group 1
1 NALBONE Matteo ITA
2 KAPEIKIS Liam USA
3 BODENSTEIN Noah SUI
4 PITOT Francois FRA
5 LEVANDI Arlet EST
Warm-Up Group 2
6 KOKURA Andrey UKR
7 MEMOLA Nikolaj ITA
8 KOVALENKO Nikita ISR
9 CHEN Yudong CHN
10 MRAZEK Daniel CZE
Warm-Up Group 3
11 KAGIYAMA Yuma JPN
12 RAKIC Aleksa CAN
13 SAMSONOV Daniil RUS
14 MOZALEV Andrei RUS
15 CHA Younghyun KOR

I can start PBP threads by discipline for tomorrow, if there's interest?
 
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Opening Ceremony livestream (scheduled to start in just over an hour):

ETA:

Team USA figure skaters are ready (pictured in 3 of the 4 photos here):
 
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Figure skating flag bearers in the opening ceremony include Young You (KOR) and Yuma Kagiyama (JPN).

ETA:

Stéphane Lambiel was the featured figure skater, first in a solo skating performance (accompanied live by young musicians playing Vivaldi's Four Seasons):
Then he was joined by 2019 Swiss Novice Men's champ Naoki Rossi and many other young Swiss skaters. ETA video of the 5-minute number:

Anaïs Coraducci (competing in ladies figure skating for SUI) was one of the 4 Olympic flag bearers:

USA figure skater Audrey Shin was in the group selfie with IOC president Thomas Bach:
Audrey is hidden (behind the Japanese athlete) in this photo:

Noah Bodenstein (competing in men's figure skating for SUI) recited the athletes' oath in English.

Then Noémie Bodenstein (older sister of Noah and the Senior national silver medalist) had a brief skating solo.

Ice dancer Gina Zehnder, 14, the youngest Youth Olympian, was the last to receive the Olympic torch to light the cauldron:
 
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Is there any information how they conduct the draws? I checked the ISU documents. For the free skating segment, it is stated that the ISU Events, Winter Olympics and Youth Olympics would follow the same method. But there was no such clause for the short program segment.
 

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Is there any information how they conduct the draws?
I heard grouped by ISU World Standings then drawn within each group.

Here for the pairs :40beers:

ETA link to the Men's SP thread: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/2020-yog-men-sp.106687/
 
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My apologies. I very clearly remember a commentator saying that a certain score was an SB at the Youth Olympics and then it never showed up on the list, but after your post, I went back to look up the scores; and the commentator was just incorrect (or my memory, which is always plausible). The team already had a higher score from earlier in the season. In any case, that is good news for the athletes.
 

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Coverage of today’s skating begins on Olympic Channel (US cable tv) in half an hour. For those in the Washington DC area, it’s Comcast-Xfinity 822.
 

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Lambiel's interview begins around the 3-minute mark:

Men's and Pairs SP recap with skater quotes:

ETA:
Local news feature on Wolfkostin/Chen (with Igor Shpilband taking about them) filmed right before they left for the Youth Olympics:

Dance PBP thread: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/2020-yog-ice-dance-rd.106697/
Ladies/Women's PBP thread: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/2020-yog-women-sp.106699/
 
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