Excerpts re. the women:The nation’s skaters will be participating in the Junior Grand Prix this season after missing it the past two years.featured.japan-forward.com
All eyes will be on [Mao] Shimada, the 13-year-old sensation from Tokyo, who will be making her JGP debut. She has been assigned to the second GP in Ostrava, Czech Republic (August 31-September 3) and the fifth event in Gdansk, Poland (September 28-October 1). The latter was relocated from Grenoble, France, the ISU announced on July 29 for undisclosed reasons.
Shimada spoke to the media about her jumps at the camp on Saturday, July 30.
“The quad toe loop and triple axel, it’s very difficult to do two types, and I can’t do both of them every day,” Shimada was quoted as saying. “It’s the most difficult now to be able to jump them every day. I can jump, but I feel like I’m not addicted to quads yet.”
[Mone] Chiba, a 17-year-old from Sendai, is looking to include a quad in her free skate this season. She will compete in the fourth JGP in Yerevan, Armenia (September 21-24).
“I’m currently working on a quad toe loop,” Chiba commented. “I’m hoping that I will do my best to incorporate it in my free skate. I want to do my best so that I can go to the world juniors.”
[Hana] Yoshida, who will turn 17 on August 21, will take part in the JGP opener in Courchevel, France (August 24-27) and in Yerevan.
Yoshida, who sports a triple axel in her jump arsenal, is one of the skaters who have been most impacted by missing two JGP seasons.
“I am aiming for (focusing on) the first JGP. I will be able to start two,” Yoshida noted. “I want to do my best to do what I can and cherish each one. I would like to participate in the Japan Championships and do my best to achieve better results than last year.”
There were some comments of note from other skaters at the camp, including those of Ami Nakai, a 14-year-old from Niigata, who is working diligently on expanding the variety of her jumps.
“The probability of the triple axel is much higher than before,” Nakai noted. “Now I am practicing the quad toe loop and quad lutz. I can go abroad [assigned to JGP #3 in Riga], so I value the chance and my goal is to go to the JGP Final.”
Latest JGP Courchevel updates:Courchevel entries were updated today (August 1) - the only change I spotted was in the Women's list:
20 Sofja STEPCENKO LAT (replaced Nikola FOMCHENKOVA)
ETA on Aug. 2 - ice dance field is down to 11 entries with the removal of Beatrice VENTURA / Amedeo BONETTO ITA.
ISU JGP Riga Cup 2022
More new Georgians: Gracie Vainik / Yehor Barshak in dance. He was on the JGP for Israel a few years ago, she competed at US Nationals with Daniel Brykalov, who now skates for Azerbaijan.A fan on Weibo pointed out that Inga Gurgenidze (15th at Russian Junior Nationals last season) is on the entry list representing Georgia.
Do we know if Ted Barton will be back as announcer of the JGP streams? He saved the Sr Worlds coverage after the British guys were kicked out.
*The mentioned athletes will only be reimbursed for the hotel for the coach (if he/she holds at least a B license) within the competition, the athlete's and the coach's travel and the coach's meals will be paid for by the athlete.
** Damián Malczyk will be nominated for the second JGP competition (of his choice between Gdansk and Egna) if he fulfills the ISU criteria for MSJ in at least one of the JGP Ostrava programs (min. 25 TES points for KP and/or min. 44 TES points for VJ) and at the same time will perform in the free ride of JGP Ostrava 3F (not humiliated and without falling). If he fulfills only one of these conditions, he will also be nominated, but only the coach's hotel will be reimbursed by the CKS, and he is obliged to pay his own travel expenses.
Those who met the nomination criteria in at least one program and Amélie Emma CEPLOVÁ will be listed as substitutes.
I just posted that in the JGP forum in K&CMark Hanretty will join Ted Barton on commentary this year!
This is wonderful! 🤩 I'm sure Ted will appreciate having someone to share duties with. His commentary with Debbi Wilkes for Canadian competitions back in the day was the stuff legends are made of.Mark Hanretty will join Ted Barton on commentary this year!
It was tough not getting any JGP entry lists last week - Tomorrow!JGP #4 Announcement is published: https://isu.org/docman-documents-li...rand-prix-yerevan-arm-announcement-final/file
"The Entries by names must be made ... not later than Friday, August 19, 2022 – 20:00 (local time Yerevan)."
With Annis, Strommer, Hagara, Kataise, Nakamura, Vauclin and others, the men's field here seems quite strong.
enjoyNext generation in action as ISU Junior Grand Prix starts post-Olympic season (23 August 2022): https://www.isu.org/figure-skating/...x-starts-post-olympic-season?templateParam=15
I've posted the team press releases (published by USFS, Skate Canada, British Ice Skating) in the competition thread for JGP Courchevel in the Kiss & Cry section: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/24-27-08-junior-grand-prix-no-1-in-courchevel.109809/