Free, unprecedented coverage brings fans rink-side for opening leg of premier junior series
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 20, 2007) – from the 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2. In addition to the live weekend coverage, icenetwork.com will provide on-demand coverage of Friday’s competition.
The first day of live coverage on Saturday will include the original dance, ladies short program, men’s free skate and men’s victory ceremony. Sunday’s live broadcast will feature the free dance, pairs free skate, ladies free skate and the final three awards ceremonies.
This event, the first in a series of eight qualifying competitions in a cumulative point-scoring format, will feature top junior skaters from more than 30 countries. The top eight cumulative-scoring skaters/couples in each discipline (ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing) will earn a spot at the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix Final, to be held in December in Gdansk, Poland. Remaining events will be held in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania (9/6-9/9); Vienna, Austria (9/13-9/16); Tallinn, Estonia (9/20-9/23); Zagreb, Croatia (9/27-9/30); Sofia, Bulgaria (10/4-10/7); and Chemnitz, Germany (10/11-10/14).
Among the standout skaters expected to participate in this year’s competition are 2007 U.S. junior ladies champion and 2007 World Junior ladies silver medalist Mirai Nagasu; 2007 U.S. novice ladies champion Angela Maxwell; 2007 U.S. novice men’s champion Armin Mahbanoozadeh; 2007 U.S. junior men’s bronze medalist Austin Kanallakan; 2007 U.S. junior pairs silver medalists Bianca Butler and Joseph Jacobsen; 2007 U.S. junior pairs bronze medalists Jessica Rose Paetsch and Jon Nuss; 2007 World Junior pairs bronze medalists Ksenia Krasilnikova and Konstantin Bezmaternikh; 2007 U.S. junior dance champions Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates; and 2007 U.S. novice dance silver medalists Sara Bailey and Kyle Herring. All the aforementioned skaters are American except Krasilnikova and Bezmaternikh, who hail from Russia.
The ISU Junior Grand Prix is considered a breeding ground for the future stars of figure skating. Previous U.S. entries include 2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes, three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, and 2006 Olympic ice dancing silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. At last year’s Junior Grand Prix Final in Sofia, Bulgaria, the U.S. Team recorded the first sweep of all four gold medals since the series began in 1997.
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