Well, the Junior World Championships from Korea are complete. Due to the time difference and lack of available coverage, I saw all of 3 skates thus far. More are making their way to Youtube, I’m sure, but here’s a quick look at how things shaped up.
The Pairs title was the first one handed out, and, as expected, Wenjing Sui/Cong Han took it easily. Their 7.41 victory, though, doesn’t show off the kind of success they had on the senior circuit this season. Some wondered if they would be distracted by their involvement in the Chinese age controversy, but they managed just fine.
Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov topped Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran in the free skate to take the silver. Takahashi/Tran, then, took bronze.
Americans Ashley Cain/Joshua Reagan finished a distant fourth, scoring a 135.40 overall, but have put themselves in good position for next season. I like this team, from their long, elegant look on the ice, to their positive-but-always-competitive attitudes. I hope the off season is good to them and they come back strong next year, as the teams ahead of them are already on their way to strong senior careers as well.
Find complete Pairs results here.
The Russians continued their resurgence in Ice Dance, taking the top two spots.
Ksenia Monko/Kirill Khaliavin won the title by nearly 10 points over their fellow Russians Ekaterina Pushkash/Jonathan Guerreiro.
Charlotte Lichtman/Dean Copely of the US pulled up from fourth in the Short Dance to a bronze medal overall, while the other Americans, Anastassia Cannuscio/Colin McManus finished in 7th.
Find compete Ice Dance results here.
The biggest shake up between the short and long programs came courtesy of the Junior men.
American Keegan Messing led after the short program by 5.31 points over the eventual winner from Canada, Andrei Rogozine.
Japan’s Keiji Tanaka pulled from sixth in the short to second overall, and Alexander Majorov from Sweden moved up a spot to land on the podium.
Messing fell to fourth, followed by teammates Max Aaron and Jason Brown in fifth and seventh respectively.
Find complete Men’s results here.
Continuing to push to the top, the Russians took gold and silver for the ladies, as well.
Adelina Sotnikova won the title, as expected. This girl is one to watch. She has some incredible jumps that remind me of the height and strength of Irina Slutskya’s jumps at times. But she has an artistic edge that Slutskya didn’t. Adelina will give some big names a run for their money if she keeps it up.
Elizaveta Tuktamisheva took home the silver.
Americans Agnes Zawadzki and Christina Gao flip-flopped places after the short. Agnes landed on the podium after a strong free skate, and taking bronze over Gao by 5.8 points. The third American, Courtney Hicks, had the fourth-best free skate of the event, however, and pulled up from 10th to 6th overall.
Find complete Ladies results here.
With all the buzz lately between Junior Worlds and Senior Worlds, I was curious…how much does Junior world success translate to Senior world success? I’ve been researching/studying this for the last few days, so look for a post early next week with all the details! Some interesting stuff came up…and, as I always do with research, I had trouble finding a place to stop! But I think I’m done compiling, now I just have to put it all together for you to see! So stay tuned.