Juniors begin the season with Courchevel stage of Grand Prix

Valeria Zenkova and Valerie Sinitsin

Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating kicks off today in French Courchevel. The first stage of these Series includes men’s, ladies and ice dancing events.

Among the top contenders to win this Grand Prix stage in men’s competitions is the last year’s winner of the Grand Prix Final and the bronze medalist of the 2012 Junior Worlds Jason Brown of the United States. Also, big chances for the gold have a medalist of last years’ Grand Prix in Romania Ryuju Hino of Japan and a strong Canadian skater Nam Nguyen.

In the competitions among ladies the attention will attract two Russian debutants: Elena Radionova and Uliana Titushkina. Elena Radionova is another rising star of the Russian figure skating. Last year, she finished fifth at the Russian National championships and took the bronze at the Russian Junior champs. Radionova will be one of the main contenders for victory in Courchevel.

Uliana Titushkina does not have many prize-winning places in comparison with her team-mate Radionova, but she also has a set of difficult skating elements, including the cascade of two triple jumps.

The main rivals for the Russians will be the repeated champion and medalist of the JGP stages Vanessa Lam of the USA and her team-mate Ashley Cain, the 2012 U.S. Junior silver medalist.

Valeria Zenkova/Valerie Sinitsin of Russia will compete in ice dancing with French team of Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron as well as with Canadians Madeline Edwards/Zhao Kai Pang and Americans Lorraine McNamara/Quinn Carpenter. Other contenders for podium are also representing the United States – Holly Moore/Daniel Klaber.

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