Kiri Baga to begin her another Grand Prix

Kiri Baga at 2012 US Nationals with coach Lorie Charbonneau

By Vladislav Luchianov

This week in the American Lake Placid will be held the second stage of the Junior Grand Prix. 17-years-old student of the Bloomington figure skating club Kiri Baga of the United States is one of the main contenders for the podium at this tournament.

In spite of the fact that Kiri, who is coached by Lorie Charbonneau, competes for a long time at various competitions, she still isn’t so well-known to the skating audience. The reason for that is the most likely related with injuries, which pursued this talented native of Bloomington, Minnesota for the last one and a half year. During the 2010/11 season, stress fractures, tendinitis and a sprained ankle forced her to withdraw from the Junior Grand Prix Final and the 2011 U.S. Championships.

Until the moment as she had to focus on the treatment of her injuries, Kiri Baga showed very good results in various national and international competitions. In 2009 she became the U.S. novice champion and took first places at the 2009 Junior Grand Prix events in Turkey and Germany. In 2010 she finished fourth at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Despite all the obstacles and thanks to the great perseverance, she managed to regain a good physical shape as well as a great wish to compete. Baga made her comeback to competition by winning the 2012 Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships.

After that she finished third at the 2012 Midwestern Sectional Championships to qualify for the 2012 U.S. National Championships. Incidentally, the level of skating at the American Sectional competitions can be compared with the general level of the national championships of a number of European countries.

Inspired by successes at the qualifying rounds, Kiri competed very well at the 2012 U.S. National Championships, which was her debut at the national senior’s level, finishing 10th and showing a very good level of performances.

Besides having a set of difficult technical elements, such as a cascade of triple Lutz – triple toe, Kiri also has a good sense of artistry, which gives to her programs naturalness, beauty and the real passion.

There is another interesting fact about this skater. On March 23, 2012, it was announced that she had teamed up with Taylor Toth to compete in senior pair skating, while continuing her singles career.

Summarizing all the above, it can be concluded that the upcoming season will be very important and significant for this American figure skater.

Read more about this skater:

Kiri Baga: “Representing the U.S. internationally is such an honor”

Kiri Baga: “The JGP Final this year is going to be very competitive”

Related videos:

Kiri Baga, 2012 U.S. National Championships – Short Program


Kiri Baga, 2012 U.S. National Championships – Free Skate


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