The final competition of the 2022 Junior Grand Prix Series in Egna-Bolzano, Italy, will be a ″go big or go home″ competition for those who are chasing one of the final berths at the Junior Grand Prix Final. The competition runs Oct. 13-15.
With everything coming down to the wire at this event, expect fire on ice in all three disciplines. A total of 31 men, 44 women and 20 ice dance teams are set to compete.
The men′s event could be an all Japanese race to the top step of the podium with Shunsuke Nakamura, the victor in Courchevel, and Takeru Amine Kataise, who won the second competition in Gdańsk last week. But Lucas Broussard of the U.S., the gold medalist at the first event in Gdańsk, could spoil that party. As we have seen throughout the Series, winning one competition does not guarantee a second, so it will be interesting to see which of these men lays it down when it counts.
Hana Yoshida of Japan won her first event in Courchevel and needs a solid finish in Egna to book a ticket to the Final. Her teammate, Mone Chiba, who finished second at the first competition in Gdańsk will also be aiming to claim a step on the podium, as will Chaeyon Kim of South Korea, who finished third in Gdańsk and captured silver at Finlandia Trophy this past weekend, and Soho Lee of the U.S., the silver medalist in Riga.
In ice dance, the battle for top spot will likely be between South Korea’s Hannah Lim and Ye Quan, first in Courchevel, the brother and sister duo of Kateřina Mrázková and Daniel Mrázek of the Czech Republic, who won in Ostrava, and Sandrine Gauthier and Quentin Thieren of Canada, the silver medalists in Riga.
Ted Barton will host the commentary on site in Italy.
This competition overlaps with the Challenger Series event the Budapest Trophy (link below).