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2015 JUNIOR WORLDS: A Look Back at the Ladies

Tallinn, Estonia, a picturesque city overlooking the Sea of Finland, rolled out its red carpet for the 2015 World Junior Championships March 2-8. The competitions were held at the new and contemporary Tondiraba Ice Arena.


(1) Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS) twirled across the ice selling her program like Geneviève sold parasols at her mother’s French boutique in Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

The fifteen-year old scored over 22 points with her 3F+3T, 3Lz and 2A jumps all executed after the program’s mid-mark.

“Overall I am in a very positive mood now, and I got the maximum from this performance today,” commented Medvedeva.

(2) Serafima Sakhanovich (RUS) waltzed into second place with her light and intuitive interpretation of “My Sweet and Tender Beast”.

The reigning JGPF silver medalist scored Level4 for her spins, but received negative GOEs after a stumble on the combination’s second jump and an edge call on the 3Lz.

“I am not very pleased with my performance as there was a serious mistake. This error on the combination has been following me the whole season in the short program,” said the fifteen-year-old.

(3) Wakaba Higuchi (JPN) earned a personal best score of 61.27 for her interpretation of a violin piece based on a Hungarian folk dance.

The Japanese bronze medalist’s spins earned Level4, but her step-out on the combination jump and the -90 may have cost her the silver medal.

“I turned out on the flip-toe combination, and I am not so happy about that, but other than that, I am pleased. I am very happy that I am in 3rd place now,” said the fourteen-year-old from Tokyo.

Evgenia Medvedeva powered six clean triples, three Level4 spins and Level3 footwork with the mesmerizing beat of “Summer Night’s Dream” and “Tango Tschak” to mount a personal best score of 124.49 points to win the gold medal.

The 2014 JGPF Champion paraphrased Shakespeare to describe her final thoughts on the program.

“I am satisfied with my skate. I made some minor mistakes on some of my jumps and some things weren’t so good, but everything is good that ends well.”

Serafima Sakhanovich’s program music, Oblivion and “I Love You I Hate You” had six clean triples including an opening 3F+3T, on which she had faltered in the short. Her spins were Level4.

The St. Petersburg native placed third in the free program, but had mounted just enough points to edge out Higuchi by .38 points.

In October 2014, Sakhanovich discussed her music selection of the complex Oblivion in an interview with freelance journalist, Vladislav Luchianov.

“I like programs with a soul, which tell about the lives of people. I do not like emptiness and skating that expresses nothing. Earlier I did not dare to take on such serious music. I thought it did not suit me, but I hope I was wrong in my doubts.”

Wakaba Higuchi selected George Gershwin’s classical Piano Concerto in F to present her program. The seven clean triple program was highlighted by three combinations – 3Lz+3T, 3Lz+2T+2Lo, 2A+3T – totaling 31.75 points.

The current Japanese Champion had the highest technical score for the ladies – 69.50. She was second in the free program, but earned the bronze medal in her World Championship debut.

“In this competition, I did quite well from the beginning to the end. I was nervous, but under this pressure I did what I had to do,” smiled the 14-year old.

     (4).  Elizabet Tursynbaeva (KAZ) was 4th in the free and moved up from 7th.
     (5).  Maria Sotskova (RUS) was 5th in the free and moved up from 10th.
     (6).  Kaori Sakamotto (JPN) was 6th in the free and dropped from 4th.                     

                                                     ICE CHIPS

  • Russian coach Eteri Tutberidze’s students won gold and silver.
  • Karen Chin (USA) won the senior bronze medal at US Nationals.
  • Elizabet Tursynbaeva (KAZ) trains in Canada with Brian Orser
  • The following countries will send three (3) ladies to the 2016 World Junior Championships: Japan
  • The following countries will send two (2) ladies to the 2016 World Junior Championships: Kazakhstan



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