Absolutely agree, so many favorites not competing this year. One of my greatest joys in skating though has been discovering younger skaters before they have made their mark and following their progression to the big time. There are 9 junior pairs. This year is the first time I have watched much of the JGPs or the lower levels of Challenge. It has been exciting. I especially have liked the team of Patricia Andrew/Paxton Fletcher. If all goes well, I predict she is a star in the making.