On paper, the favorite for the gold would be Jason Brown, last year's JGPF champion and World Junior bronze medallist. He has had a good summer season. The only snag I can see is that he is working on his triple axel. He theoretically could try one in both programs. However, he hasn't landed one yet.
Jason Brown USA
SP The Question of U by Prince
LP Liebestraum by Franz Liszt
His coach is Kori Ade, and his long time choreographer is Rohene Ward.
Jason is the reigning Junior Grand Prix Champion and the bronze medallist at Junior Worlds. He has been trying, unsuccessfully so far, to land a triple axel in competition. This might be a good place to try one again.
His personal best score was obtained at the 2012 world junior championships, where he score 214.90 points (but did not include a triple axel).
Jason at the 2011 JGPF (his LP)
Jason at 2012 Glacier Falls Summer Competition LP
You may not have heard of this next skater, but he is a really exciting young skater. And he has both a triple axel and a quad toe. He could challenge for the gold.
Boyang Jin CHN
SP Chambermaid Maid Swing
His coach is : Zhaoxiao Xu & his choreographer: Hailan Jiang. He trains in Harbin.
He won the Junior Men's division in the Asian FS Trophy in 2011, with a score of 177.17. He was fourth in Seniors Men's in China in 2012. This is his JGP debut..
His is very young, and very very good
As the words attached to the video say: He turned 14 in Oct (2011). But he has aleady 4T, 3A-2T, 3Lz-3T, 3A of the second half...
He did an Exhibition at Cup of China last year to Michael Jackson songs
I expect one of the next 4 skaters to be in there for the bronze:
Ryuju Hino JPN
SP TaTaKu (best of Kodo) by Tetsuro Naito, Motofumi Yamaguchi
LP Robin Hood (soundtrack) Michael Kamen
His coaches are Hiroshi Nagakubo, Y. Naruse, M. Kawaume, Y. Hongo, and his Choreographer: Kenji Miyamoto
He is the reigning Japanese Junior Champion.
His best total score was 182.71 at JGP Volvo Cup last year.
He was 9th at the World Junior Championships
Here's his SP from Jr. Worlds
Mikhail Kolyada RUS
SP The Mask (soundtrack) by Randy Edelman
LP Pearl Harbour (soundtrack) by Hans Zimmer
His coach and choreographer are Coach: Valentina Chebotareva & Choreographer: Olga Kliushnichenko
His best ever total score was at 2011 JGP Brisbane, where he earned 177.55 and finished 4th. He finished 6th at Russian Junior Nationals.
Here's his free skate from JGP Brisband 2011
Harrison Choate USA
SP Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White by Perez Prado; Mambo Jambo by Perez Prado
LP Slaughter on 10th Avenue by Richard Rodgers
Harrison is coached in Boston by Mark Mitchell, & Peter Johansson. His Choreographers are : Jamie Isley & Tom Dickson
His highest international score is 166.38 at JGP Brasov 2011, where he finished 6th. He finished 4th at US Nationals in juniors.
Harrison at JGP Brasov LP
Harrison at Evening With Champions
Harrison has had a strong summer season. His fourth place finish at US nationals is a little misleading. He bombed the SP but finished strong in the LP.
Nam Nguyen CAN
is coached by Brian Orser. His choreographers are Lori Nichol, Joanne McLeod (his former coach) & Aaron Lowe
SP The Ritz, Roll and Rock by Cole Porter; Red Blues by Cole Porter
LP Air on th G String by J. S. Bach; Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor by J. S. Bach
He is only 14.
His highest international score was 169.55 at JGP Brasov in 2011, where he won the bronze medal.. He was the Canadian Junior Champion in the 2010-2011 season, and was 7th at the Canadian Senior Championships last year and 13th at Junior Worlds. Nam is another young, phenomenal skater who already has his triple axel. He's a little young, and a little slow yet, but he is a charmer on the ice.
The rest of the competitors:
Pavel Strakach BLR
was 5th at his senior National Championships two years ago. He was 13th in juniors at Coup de Nice in 2011..
Jui Shu Chen TPE
SP A Night on the Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgski
LP Tristan and Isolde by Maxime Rodriguez
His coaches are Coach: Gui-Fang Zhu, Shih-Hao Lu, Yusuke Hayashi, and his Choreographers are: Shih-Hao Lu, Rie Arikawa
His best international score was 106.73 at JGP Tallinn 2011 where he finished 15th.
His LP from the recent Asian Figure Skating Trophy
Julian Lagus FIN
Dance of a Marionette by Stephan Dudash Music Free Skating / Free Dance as of season2012/2013 The Untouchables (soundtrack) by Ennio Morricone
Guerilleros by Maxime Rodrigues
He was 5th in Seniors at Finnish Nationals. He was third at Nordics in Seniors with a score of 141.23, and 12th at The Hague competition in 2012.
This is his JGP debut.
His LP from Nordics
Simon Hocquaux FRA
SP Selection from Goan Project
LP Pearl Harbour (soundtrack) by Hans Zimmer (information from 2011/2012 season)
He was 6th in seniors at the French National Championships last year.
His personal best is 141.81 at JGP Austria 2011, where he finished 12th.
His LP from French Nationals
Charles Tetar FRA
SP Barbier of Seville by G. Rossini Music
LP Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by The Platters; Buddy Rock by Jerry Lee Lewis; Blues Nobody by Nat King Cole; Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley
Charles is coached by Annick Dumont.
His highest international score was 138.14, earned at JGP Baltic Cup 2011 where he finished 10th. He won the Triglav trophy in juniors last year, and was third in Coup de Nice in juniors.
He was 5th in Seniors at French Nationals
His LP at JGP Baltic
Pangiotis Polizoakis GER
SP Adios Nonino by Astor Piazzolla
LP Nutcracker by P. I. Tchaikovsky, modern arrangement by Trans Siberian Orchestra
His coach is Coach: Michael Huth, and his Choreographer is Rostislav Sinitzin
He placed second in the Merano Cup in juniors in 2011, where he scored 137.01.
He was third in juniors at German Nationals.
Here is his LP from NRW Trophy last December
And an exhibition of his from Oberstdorf
Peter James Hallam GBR
SP Avatar (soundtrack) by James Horner
LP Gladiator (soundtrack) by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard
Peter is coached by Dawn Peckett, and his choreograph is John Kerr, the former British ice dance champion. I'm looking forward to seeing his work!
His highest previous score was at JGP Austria 2011, where he finished 16th with a score of 122.61
Here he is at the Challenge Cup this last spring at The Hague
Alessandro Pezzoli ITA
He has not filed an ISU biography
Here's his SP from the Gardena Spring Trophy 2011. He scored 33.92 and was 11th in this SP and 11th again in the LP with a score of 102.75 (total score 136.67)
Sondre Oddvoll NOR
SP Crime Speed from Dick Tracy by Danny Elfman; The Strength of the Righteous from The Untouchables by Ennio Morricone
LP Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin
His coach is Coach: Berit Steigedal, and his Choreographes are: Rostislav Sinizyn, Kaja Hanevold
He is making his international debut here
Here is his novice LP from NRW Trophy last year:
Vlad Ionescu ROU
SP Vuelvo al sur by Gotan Project
LP Greek Folk Music
His coach is Coach: Manuela Cristudor and his Choreographer: Sandra Chiper Schär
His best ever total score was 118.59 at JGP Sheffield in 2010.
Here's his last year's LP from Tropheo Lombardi JGP
Alexander Petrov RUS
SP Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
LP Once Upon a Time in America by Ennio Morricone
He trains in St. Petersburg, where he is coached by Tatiana Mishina, & Oleg Tataurov. His Choreographer: is Irina Manuilova
This is his international debut. Last year he was a novice.
Here is his Novice LP from the NRW Trophy last December
Victor Bustamante ESP
SP Dance Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens
LP The Mission (soundtrack) by Ennio Morricone
He is coached by Carolina Sanz, Ivan Saez, J. Lafarga, & Y. Canton, and his choreographer is: Ivan Saez
His best ever total score was at JGP Austria, 132.88, where he finished 14th.
Last year he was 15th at the World Junior Championships. He is the reigning National Junior champion of Spain.
His FD from that competition
Marcus Björk SWE
SP Nyah (from Mission Impossible soundtrack) by Hans Zimmer
LP Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin
His coaches are Ladislav Vince, & Ela Magnusson. His Choreographer is : Hanna Gradevik
His highest score was 123.33 at the World Junior Championships, where he finished 24th.
Marcus's free skate from Nordics
Vincent Cuerel SUI
SP Pink Panther Theme (soundtrack) by Henry Mancini
LP D'Artagnan by Maxime Rodriguez
He is coached by Coach: Jacqueline Kiefer & his Choreographer is : Michele Colberg
He placed 6th at the 2011 Ice Challenge of Graz, where he scored 107.67
He was in novices in the 2011 season. Here is his novice SP from the 2011 Spring Trophy
Ivan Pavlov UKR
SP Symphony No. 5 by L. v. Beethoven arr. by David Garrett
LP Legend of Zorro (soundtrack) by James Horner
His coach is Marina Amirkhanova and his Choreographers are : Natalia Vorobieva, Irina Chubarets.
This is his international debut. Last fall he was in Novices.
Here is his novice LP from the 2011 Kaunas Ice Autumn Cup.