ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 2008/9 Spoilers

ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 2008/9 Spoilers

Post by Vick44 » Mon, 15 Dec 2008 10:51:49



The SBS ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and the ISU Junior Grand Prix
of Figure Skating Final 2008/2009 continued Saturday in Goyang City,
Republic of Korea, with the Junior Free Dance and Junior Ladies Free
Skating, Senior Free Dance, Senior Men, Ladies and Pairs Free Skating.
The Finals of the two ISU Grand Prix Series were held together for the
first time in the history of the two Grand Prix series. A total of 84
skaters (56 entries) from twelve ISU members were competing in the two

Junior Pairs, Free Skating :

The first medals were awarded in the Junior Pairs event. Liubov
Iliushechkina/Nodari Maisuradze of Russia claimed the gold. Chinas
Yue Zhang/Lei Wang earned the silver while Ksenia Krasilnikova/
Konstantin Bezmaternykh (RUS) settled for the bronze.

Iliushechkina/Maisuradze started strongly into their program to a
selection of music by Edvin Marton with a side by side triple toeloop-
double toeloop combination, a double Axel and a double twist. However,
Ilushechkina stepped of the landing of the throw triple flip and fell
on the throw triple loop. The couple recovered to complete a level-
four death spiral and a level-three footwork sequence. The reigning
World Junior silver medalists collected 92.50 points (45.82 element
score/47.68 program component score) and accumulated a total score of
149.38 points to win the title. They competed in their first Junior
Final. "We dont yet understand that we have won. The result is good
today, but the performance wasnt the best. We are still learning, we
are not yet great champions. I dont really make a difference in
between the competitions, for me they are all of the same importance",
Iliushechkina said. "The positive  thing was that Liuba did the double
Axel that didnt work in the warm up. But we made mistakes on the
throws which we usually dont do. For us it is always important to
skate well, if it is in practice or in competition", Maisuradze
Skating to "Coppelia" by Leon Delibes, Zhang/Wang gave a strong
performance as well, hitting a triple toe-double toe combination, a
throw triple loop and Salchow, a double Axel and a double twist. Their
side by side spin was graded a level three and the pair combination
spin a level four, but the death spiral got only a level one. The
Chinese team scored 137.92 points (46.34/41.36), which added up to
137.92 points overall, and they moved up from fourth to second.
Krasilnikova/Bezmaternykh were edged out by just 0.70 points. The 2008
World Junior Champions produced a triple twist, throw triple flip and
difficult lifts in their program to 'Pirates of the Caribbean', but
she stepped out of the side by side double flip and double Axel. They
also doubled the throw loop. The Russians earned 81.94 points
(42.48/43.20) and got 137.22 points overall.

Ksenia Ozerova/Alexander Enbert (RUS) withdrew before the Free Skating
as she suffered from a sprained ligament in her left foot following a
fall on the double Lutz in yesterdays Short Program.

Junior Men, Free Skating :

Florent Amodio of France skated to victory in the Junior Mens event.
Armin Mahbanoozadeh and Richard Dornbush of the USA finished second
and third.

Overnight leader Amodio followed up with an excellent Free Skating to
"The Mission". The 18-year-old hit a triple loop, triple Axel-double
toe, triple Lutz, triple Salchow-triple toe, triple flip and another
triple Lutz-double toe and got a level three for his three spins and
the footwork. The only glitch in his smooth program was a step out on
the second triple Axel. The Frenchman couldnt hold back his emotions
in the final seconds of his program when he hid his face in his hands
and almost forgot his final pose. Amodio posted a new personal best of
131.38 points (71.48/59.90) and racked up a total of 199.58 points to
win the title in what was his first Junior Grand Prix Final. "This is
just fantastic. I did my very best, I gave everything until the end,
Im just so happy now", he said, still overwhelmed by what he just had
done. "Weve corrected many things, and I progressed, I worked hard
and it paid off. Now I have the French National Championships next
week and then Junior Worlds. My goal is to make the podium. I will get
down to earth now and start working hard again to achieve my best
result in the next competitions", the skater continued.
Performing to "The Mummy" soundtrack, Mahbanoozadeh went for a triple
Axel for the first time in competition and nailed it, although it was
a bit shaky. He went on to reel off seven triples including a triple
flip-triple toe and a triple Lutz-triple toe combination and two level-
four spins to score a new personal best of 126.43 points
(69.53/56.90). He took the silver medal with a total of 193.48 points.
The 17-year-old had won the bronze medal last year in the Final.
Dornbushs program to the "Backdraft" soundtrack by Hans Zimmer
included a triple Axel, a triple flip-triple toeloop combination as
well as four more triples and strong spins and steps. He only singled
the second Lutz. The 17-year-old received 117.43 points (61.73/55.70)
and captured the bronze medal in his debut in the Junior Final with
183.93 points.

Junior Ice Dancing, Free Dance:

The first medals today were awarded in the Junior Ice Dancing event.
Madison Chock/Greg Zuerlein and Madison Hubbell/Keiffer Hubbell (USA)
took the top spots on the podium while Ekaterina Riazanova/John
Guerreiro of Russia earned the bronze medal.

Chock/Zuerlein gave a strong performance to "Phantom of the Opera".
They executed difficult lifts and footwork, earning a level four for
the diagonal steps and two lifts. Chock only put down her second foot
on the side by side twizzles. The couple was awarded 79.31 points
(40.00 element score/39.31program component score) and won with 131.15
points overall. "Its absolutely incredible. I dont think words can
describe it", Chock said about winning the title. "It just has been
such a great experience this year and last year was amazing." Their
next competition is the U.S. National Championships. "We are just
going to go back and train really hard. Weve had a few levels that
were low, and were going to fix that. We want to do well at Nationals
and then definitely after that hopefully at Junior Worlds", Zuerlein
Hubbell/Hubbell celebrated a comeback after his fall in the Original
Dance the day before yesterday and pulled up from sixth to second. The
brother-and-sister team danced to the romantic song "Sognami" by
Alessandro Safina and produced smooth footwork and three level-four
lifts to score 76.70 points (39.20/37.50). Overall they accumulated
124.68 points.
Riazanova/Guerreiro had chosen a dynamic James Bond Medley for their
Free Dance and showed fast twizzles and a level-three serpentine step
sequence. But their midline steps and a curve lift were graded a level
two and the couple slipped from second to third with a Free Dance
score of 73.45 points (38.30/36.15) and a total of 124.30 points.

Junior Ladies, Free Skating :

Becky Bereswill (USA) claimed the gold in the Junior Ladies event with
Yukiko Fujisawa of Japan and Alexe Gilles (USA) finishing second and

Bereswill stood in fourth place after the Short Program but delivered
a solid Free Skating to "Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini that included a
triple Lutz, triple loop-double loop, a triple flip-double toe-double
loop combination as well as a double Axel-triple toe and another
triple toe late into the program. She also completed two level-four
spins, and her only error came when she popped a second loop. The 18-
year-old picked up 98.01 points (51.85/46.16), which was a significant
improvement over her previous personal best of 83.24 points and
collected 146.69 points overall. "I was very e***d for the free
skate. My goal was just really to perform the music and the story. I
just went with that feeling and took everything just one step at a
time and I just really enjoyed my time out there", Bereswill
commented. "I landed my hard combination, the double Axel-triple toe
so I was really happy about that. So far it was a personal best score
for me."
Fujisawa soared from seventh to second with the best Free Skating of
the Junior Ladies competition. The tiny 13-year-old landed six triple
jumps including two triple Lutzes and earned a level four for all
three spins in her routine to "Cinderella". She scored a new personal
best of 101.44 points (57.44/44.00) which added up to 145.92 points.
Overnight leader Gilles completed four triples but popped a Lutz and
underrotated a triple Salchow that was downgraded. The U.S. Junior
Champion received 90.25 points (44.17/46.08) and slipped to third at
144.49 points overall.