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    News 2010 World Junior Figure Skating Championships Preview

    The 2010 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands from March 7-14, 2010 at the Ice rink De Uithof. More than 200 skaters representing more than fifty member nations will skate in the competition.

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    The preview mentioned the US dance bronze meadalist Gilles/Donahue in detail , but barely mentioned the silver medalist Tibbetts/Brubaker . Was T/B JGP and National placement just a fluke or does the writer just like G/D better ?

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    He may have been unable to reach T&B for an interview. T&B are quite a strong team. It's hard to know quite what to expect from them though. They finished 2nd at JGP Minsk, but 7th overall, 8th in the FD at JGP Lake Placid last year.

    It should also be mentioned that the Canadian team of Ralph and HIll, who finished 4th at the JGPF made a decision to compete at 4CC's rather than at JW's. I will miss seeing their African OD again

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    Christina Gao is going to beat Kanako for the title with her sick nasty 3-3, I just have a hunch. Kanako will settle for silver and the three Russian girls will duke it out for the bronze while Zawadski will be right behind. Baga I feel will be good in the SP and have another meltdown in the LP.

    Ten will be the men's champion I think, his senior international experience will come in handy. Then Hanyu will be in 2nd followed by one of the Americans, most likely Armin.

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    Kanako has a 3-3 too

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    Ilinykh and Katsalapov need to ensure that they do not take themselves out of the running with a poor showing in the compulsory dance, their weakest phase of competition.
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    35.02 (Westminster Waltz) ILINYKH / KATSALAPOV -September 9 - 13, 2009-
    34.63 (Argentine Tango) SHIBUTANI / SHIBUTANI -October 7 - 11, 2009-
    34.41 (Westminster Waltz) PUSHKASH / GUERREIRO -October 14 - 18, 2009-
    34.10 (Westminster Waltz) ILINYKH / KATSALAPOV -August 26 - 30, 2009-
    34.09 (Argentine Tango) SHIBUTANI / SHIBUTANI -September 2 - 6, 2009-
    34.04 (Westminster Waltz) MONKO / KHALIAVIN -October 14 - 18, 2009-
    33.74 (Argentine Tango) MONKO / KHALIAVIN -September 23 - 27, 2009-
    33.12 (Westminster Waltz) PUSHKASH / GUERREIRO -September 30 - October 4, 2009-

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    Polina's condition will surely be a key factor. I'm not quite sure if a clean Christina can beat a clean Kanako at this point - that'll be another thing to watch.

    I must be in the minority, but I don't see Denis running away with the title for the men. His 3A and his LP is still on the unstable side and it's been a while since he competed on the junior level. If anything, I see Yuzuru or one of the Americans taking this.

    Dance is too close to tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ☆Genie View Post
    Kanako has a 3-3 too
    Yep. I think that the two Russian Polinas who also have 3/3s may have something to say.
    I don't really see Christina being able to beat a clean Murakami. Because Murakami is much more artistic than Christina, and Christina doesn't have the jump layout that can really challenge her.

    I think Shelepen is the biggest threat because she has the double axel/3toe and the 3sal/3toe in her program's layout. And in the short she has the 3lutz/3toe. Seeing a clip, I don't really care much for Shelepen's new short. But I actually think that her long has improved a lot. I'm curious about Polina A's layout and will have to watch a recent clip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by footwork View Post
    The preview mentioned the US dance bronze meadalist Gilles/Donahue in detail , but barely mentioned the silver medalist Tibbetts/Brubaker . Was T/B JGP and National placement just a fluke or does the writer just like G/D better ?
    I contacted both for an interview, and Gilles/Donohue responded. I had space for Tibbetts/Brubaker, but the timing didn't work out. They are lovely skaters, and I wish that I could have given them more space, but there just not enough time to get them in.

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    Messing is the dark horse for a medal in The Hague as he can be mesmerizing when he skates his best. In Spokane at the U.S. Championships, former World Champion Elvis Stojko sought Messing out to encourage him to continue on his path.
    "He told me, 'Don't Change! You've got a great future ahead of you'," Messing shared. "Meeting Elvis was the highlight of the competition for me."
    I know Keegan's skating hero is Stojko, but I really hope he DOES continue to improve and becomes not just the jumper that he is, but that he takes his performance to the next level. If he polishes up he could still be an incredibly technical skater, willing to go out on a limb and become a tad artistic. Not in the same way Abbott, Weir, or Rippon are artistic, but someone like Ryan Bradley... if he follows Elvis Stojko's form of "artistry" I will be so disappointed.

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