This will be an amazing junior men's competition. It is the first that I can remember where more than one of the men will be attempting quadruple jumps. There are three really wonderful skaters here, all planning quads and multiple triple axels, and any of them could take the gold. First we have Han Yan of China, who is the reigning Junior World Champion. And then we have Joshua Farris, the Junior World silver medallist, who skated wonderfully at Lake Placid earlier this season. Finally we have Boyang Jin of China, who won JGP Courchevel. It is a shame that only one of these very good skaters can win here. In fact, I can't see any of these men placing lower than third here.
Keiji Tanaka qualified for the JGPF last year, and finished second to Farris at Lake Placid, and it is hard luck that he has been assigned to this competition which has such a packed field. Roman Sadovsky CAN finished third at Lake Placid with a very fine performance, and he too will be fighting an uphill battle here.
It is also a shame that some very good skaters will not medal, but they are none the less worth watching: Shoma Uno of Japan and Lukas Kaugars of USA, are both very entertaining skaters and well worth your while to watch. I will be interested to watch the two very young skaters that Russia has sent to this championship, Adian Pitkeev and Alexander Samarin. While they will not win a medal this year, it's always interesting to see some of the competitors who will be the future of the sport. Adian placed sixth in Lake Placid, in a very tough field, and has added a triple axel to his program this year.
Han Yan CHN
His coach is Shuguang Jia, and his Choreographer is Helen Zhang Wei. He placed third in seniors at this year's Chinese National Championships.
Han Yan is the reigning World Junior Champion, the first Chinese man to win that title. He won World Juniors with his best ever score of 222.45. He is 16.
He also won the Youth Olympic Games last year.
His winning Junior Worlds LP, which contained both a quad toe, and a triple axel.
Joshua Farris USA
SP Suite for Solo Cello No 1 in G Major: Prelude by Yo-Yo Ma
LP Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, op. 18 III: Allegro Scherzando by Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner
Joshua’s coaches are Christy Krall & Damon Allen. His choreographer is Damon Allen. Josh contributes substantially to the choreography himself. Joshua is 17.
Joshua placed second at 2012 Junior Worlds, where he scored his personal best of 221.97 points. He won the bronze medal at the 2011-2012 season Junior Grand Prix Final. He placed sixteenth in Seniors at US Nationals.
He won the JGP Lake Placid competition earlier this season with a score of 218.69. He plans a quad toe and two triple axels in his long program.
His LP at Lake Placid is here:
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.
He 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, and a 3A in the bonus section of his long program.
He won the Courchevel JGP with a score of 194.13, which is his personal best.
Here is his LP at Courchevel.
He did an Exhibition at Cup of China last year to Michael Jackson songs
Keiji Tanaka JPN
SP Afro Freak
LP The Untouchables (soundtrack) by Ennio Morricone
Keiji's coaches are Yusuke Hayashi & Utako Nagamitsu. His choreographer is Kenji Miyamoto .
His personal best score was 196.88, obtained at the 2011 Junior World Championship, where he finished second. At the 2012
World Junior Championship 2012,he finished 7th. He is the Japanese national Junior silver medallist
He qualified for the JGPF last year, where he finished 6th.
His SP from Junior Worlds 2012
He competed at Lake Placid, and finished second there to Joshua Farris with a score of 182.50.. His LP from JGP Lake Placid:, where he completed two triple axels.
Adian PITKEEV RUS
SP Hunter - Jaguar by Safri Duo
Adian's coaches are Eteri Tutberidze & Sergei Dudakov. His choreographer is Alexei Zhelezniakov. He is 14.
He finished 11th at Russian Junior Nationals this year with a score of 162.73
His best score at national level competitions (Junior) 169.33.
He has planned and has landed 7 triples in FS, including 3Lz+3T, 3F+3T. This year he has added a triple axel to his program.
Here he is at the Russian cup Final in 2012
http://www.fskate.ru/photos/image10094.jpg (with coaches)
Many photos http://www.fskate.ru/skaters/1262/photo/ (with text in Russian)
Adian finished sixth at Lake Placid with his only and best ever score of 154.97
His LP from Lake Placid:
Alexander Samarin RUS
Alexander does not yet have an ISU biography.. He is 14.
His coach is Inna Goncharenko (who is also coach of Elena Radionova).
He won the NRW Trophy in the Novice division in 2010..
Last season, he won the bronze medal in two of the Cup of Russia series Junior events.
His highest score, nationally, was 193.90..
He plans a seven triple program with two triple triple combinations included.
He has been a member of the Russian National team since the 2010-2011 season, but he had to withdraw from the most recent Russian Junior championship. He had finished twelfth in juniors in the previous season.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXMDlrCE4_I - fragment of Vesti-Sports news TV program about "Klin Skate" May 2012.
The only info about this competition (which is in calendar ofr Federation of Figure Skating of Russia, so of high state).
Samarin was first in the Senior Men's division.
http://www.fskate.ru/photos/image7606.jpg (Samarin, Kolyada, Efremenkov).
http://www.fskate.ru/skaters/445/photo/ (many photos)
His SP from last November
His LP from a competition in Russia last March
Roman Sadovsky CAN
SP Live and Let Die by David Garrett; James Bond theme - Tomorrow Never Dies Mix
LP Heart of the King (from The Man in the Iron Mask soundtrack) by Nick Glennie Smith
Roman's coach is Tracy Wainman, and his choreographer: is Gregor Filipowski.
Roman is just up from Novices. He is only 13. He competed in the Challenge Cup in The Hague this last March as a Novice, and won the competition.
Here's his winning LP there.
He competed at Lake Placid, and won the bronze medal there with a score of 158.77, which is his best and only ISU score.
His Lake Placid LP:
Shoma Uno JPN
Shoma's coaching & choreography team are Machiko Yamada & Mihoko Higuchi. Shoma will turn 15 in December.
Shoma finished tenth at last year's Junior World Championships, and won the silver medal at last year's Youth Olympics in Juniors. He placed fifth at Japanese Junior Nationals.
His best ever score was 175.92, at last year's Junior World Championship.
Shoma's performance in The Ice exhibition in Japan
His LP at Junior Worlds
SP Hallelujah by Robin Olson
LP Jump Swing Blues by Rick Krive,; Sleepwalk by Brian Setzer; King Swing by Ken Miller
Lukas's coaches are Damon Allen, Christy Krall, Eddie Shipstad and Ryan Jahnke. His choreographer is Damon Allen. He is 17. This is his first JGP appearance.
Lukas won the 2012 Junior Men's Division at the Val Gardena Spring Trophy with a score of 138.07. He finished fifth in Juniors at his last US Nationals in Juniors with a score of 154.95.. Lukas' family originally came from Latvia, and he speaks the language.
Here he is, skating his winning long program at the Vail Invitational (86.88 for this skate).
David Kranjec AUS
SP Mission Impossible by Lalo Shifrin
LP Walk This Way by Aerosmith; Live and Let Die by The Wings
David moved from Slovenia to Australia. His coaches are Irina Stavrovskaia & Valentin Kadzevitch. His choreographer is Irina Stavrovskaia. He is 18. He placed second in juniors at the last Australian championship. His best ever score of 128.93 was achieved at JGP Brisbane in 2011.
His short program from JGP Austria 2011
Manuel Drechsler AUT
SP New Kids Turbo by Beat the Hardcore
LP Ghost Love (soundtrack) by Tuomas Holopainen
His coach is Pavel Laurencik, and his choreographer is Miroslava Hajkova. He is 16.
He earned his personal best total score:of 85.08 at theYouth Olympic Games (15th Juniors)
He competed on the JGP last year at Baltic Cup & JGP Austria.
Manuel's long program from The Challenge Cup this spring, where he finished tenth.:
He competed at JGP Austria this season, where he finished twenty-second.
His LP from JGP Austria:
[b]Jordan Ju TPE]/b]
SP Perry Mason Theme by Earle Hagen
LP Malaguena Blast (soundtrack); Malaguena performed by Gypsy Kings; Malaguena by Forever Cello
Jordan's coach is Joanne McLeod. He is 17.
He is the Senior Men's champion of Taipei. His personal best score of 134.97 was achieved at the 2012 Four Continents Championship, where he finished twenty first. He just won the bronze medal in Juniors at the Asian Trophy.
Here is his free skate from Four Continents:
He competed at JGP Austria, finishing fifteenth with a score of 120.55. Here is his LP from that competition:
Viktor Romanenkov EST
SP Tango d'Amore by Edvin Marton
LP Prince of Egypt (soundtrack) by Hans Zimmer
His coach is Anna Levandi, & his choreographer: Anna Levandi, Kaarel Väli. He will turn 19 later this month.
Viktor is the Estonian champion in Senior Men's. He finished twenty-third at Europeans last year. His best ever score of 162.19 was earned at JGP Tallinn last year, where he finished sixth.
He gave this exhibition a month ago
His short program from JGP Tallinn
He competed at JGP Austria, and finished tenth with a score of 144.00. Here is his LP from that competition.
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. He is 17.
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
He competed at Courchevel., where he finished seventh and earned his personal best total score of 154.29. His LP from Courchevel:
Alexander Schöpke GER
SP Charlie Chaplin
LP Plan B by Brian Tyler; The Whole Nine Yards (soundtrack) by Randy Edelman
Alexander's coach is Ilona Schindle, and his choreographer is Iwo Svec. He is 18.
He placed second in juniors at the last German championship. He also won the 2012 Nesquik cup.
This is his first JGP appearance.
Here is a video from four years ago of Alexander skating and ice dancing
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!
Peter is 17.
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
He competed at Courchevel, where he finished thirteenth and achieved his best ever score of 130.55. Here is his LP from that competition.
Antonio Panfili ITA
Antonio does not currently have an ISU biography.
Antonio finished second at the 2012 Italian Junior Championships with a score of 125.97
He finished third at the Dragon Trophy in 2011.
This competition is his first JGP appearance.
His LP from the Val Gardena Spring Trophy 2012, where he finished fifth in the senior men's division with a score of 137.07.
Abish Baytkanov KAZ
SP From Paris With Love
LP Windtalkers (soundtrack) by James Horner
Abish's coaches are Natalia Popova & Danil Markelov. Abish is 17.
His best score of 77.76 was earned at JGP Volvo Cup in 2011.
His SP from that event:
Julian Zhi Jie Yee MAS
SP The Jet Song (from "West Side Story") by Leonard Bernstein
LP Sons of Odin; Unstoppable; Mission Impossible
Julian's coach is Harry Janto Leo, and his choreographer is Christa Grossard. He is 15. He placed second in the senior division at his national championship. His best ever score was earned at 2011 JGP Tallinn, where he finished fourteenth with a score of 112.90. He competed at the World Junior Championship last year, but did not make it out of the qualifying round. He finished sixth at this summer's Asian Figure Skating Trophy in Juniors.
He is also a member of the Malaysian short track speed skating team.
Julian's Short Program from JGP Tallinn 2011:
Krzysztof Gala POL
SP Still Got the Blues by Gary Moore
LP Space Bullfighter by Adam Potega
Krzysztof is coached by Stefan Potega, and his choreographer is Sebastian Kolasinski. He is 16.
He finished fourth in juniors at the Warsaw Cup. His personal best score of 96.24 was achieved at Trofeo W. Lombardi JGP last year.
His current SP
His free skate from Trofeo W. Lombardi JGP.
Daniel Patriche ROU
SP The Barber of Seville by G. Rossini
LP American Outlaws (soundtrack) by Trevor Rabin
His coach is Ramona Dinu. He is 15.
He finished fifth in Novices at the Santa Claus Cup last season.
This is his first JGP competition.
I could not find any videos of Daniel.
Marco Klepoch SVK
SP Perfect Day for a Murder - The Pink Panther by Christophe Beck
LP Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
His coach and choreographer is Vladimir Dvojnikov. He is 14, and will turn 15 soon.
His short program from JGP Austria 2011.
He competed at JGP Austria again this season., and scored a new personal best total score of 105.99. Here is his short program from that event:
Krištof Brezar SLO
SP Sherlock Holmes (soundtrack) by Hans Zimmer
LP Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows (soundtrack) by Hans Zimmer; The Bourne Ultimatum (soundtrack) by John Powell
His coach is Darja Skrlj, and his choreographe is: Badri Kurashvili.
Kristof is 15, nearly 16.
He finished thirteenth at the Triglav Trophy in juniors earlier this year. He first appearance on the JGP was at JGP Austria, where he .
His short program at JGP Austria where he finished twentieth with a score of 85.93, his personal best ISU score.
Matej GREGORC SLO
Matej does not have an ISU biography as yet..
Matej competed at Skate Helena. This is not a video-it is a slide show of photos of the event.
Dong-Won Lee KOR
SP Concerto for Guitar by Salvador Bacarisse
LP Allegro from Piano Concerto No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
His coach is Hea Sook Shin, and his choreographer is Kenji Miyamoto. He will turn 16 in November.
He finished fourth in seniors at the 2012 Korean National Championships with a score of 165.47.
His personal best score of 166.93 was earned at JGP Brasov last year. And he won the bronze medal at the Asian Figure Skating Trophy in 2011. He competed at the World Junior Championships, and finished thirtieth.
His long program from JGP Brasov
Ondrej Spiegl SWE
SP Transformers: Forest Battle (soundtrack) by Steve Jablonsky
LP Saw (soundtrack) by Charlie Clouse; Gone in 60 seconds (soundtrack) by Machismo; Tequila by The Champs
Ondrej is coached by Alan Spiegl, and his choreographer is Veronika Vrtelova. He is 19.
His best ever score of 142.25 was achieved at JGP Brasov last year. He placed fifth in seniors at the Swedish National Championships. He was second in Juniors at Nordics 2011.
His SP last year at JGP Brasov.
[b]Giray Senol TUR
SP Invisible by Thoms Bergersen, Nick Phoneix
LP Two Steps From Hell by Heart of Courage
His coach is Rana Belkis Gocmen, and his choreographer is Ali Demirboga. He is 15.
Giray's personal best score was achieved at JGP Bosphorus, where he placed sixteenth with a score of 118.66, his first JGP appearance.
He finished sixteenth at the 2011 Cup of Nice.
His SP from JGP Bosphorus
Yaroslav Paniot UKR
SP Waltz Masquarade by Aram Khatchaturian
His coach is Viacheslav Zagorodniuk, and his choreographer is Alena Turaeva-Stetskaia.
Yaroslav's personal best is 132.55, earned at the Youth Olympic Games, where he finished 9th.
His free skate from Dnepr 2011
He was a participant in the Youth Olympic games, where he finished 9th with a score of 132.55.
He competed at Lake Placid JGP, where he finished sixteenth with a score of 100.48.
His short program from Lake Placid: