Richmond welcomes world's top junior skaters

Over 200 athletes from more than 20 countries will be at Minoru Arenas starting Thursday

Richmond welcomes the junior skating world this week to Minoru Arenas for the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix.

Athletes from over 20 countries are slated to compete over three days in Junior Men’s, Junior Ladies, Junior Pairs and Junior Ice Dance, starting on Thursday.

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The Richmond stop is part of a Junior Grand Prix series around the world that will culminate with the Junior Grand Prix Final, Dec. 6-9 at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Arena.

With nearly 100 entries in the Junior Ladies Division alone, competition starts as early as 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Saturday.

Here is a breakdown of the ISU Junior Grand Prix, hosted by Skate Canada.

Country Representation

Junior Men’s: Australia (4), Canada (10), Chinese Taipei (1), France (1), Hong Kong (2), Indonesia (1), Japan (7), Kazakhstan (2), Malaysia (1), New Zealand (2), Russia (8), Singapore (2), Sweden (2), Thailand (1), USA (16).

Junior Women’s: Argentina (1), Australia (9), Azerbaijan (1), Bulgaria (3), Canada (15), China (1), Chinese Taipei (3), France (3), Hong Kong (4), Indonesia (1), India (1), Italy (4), Japan (10), Kazakhstan (2), Malaysia (3), Mexico (1), New Zealand (3), Philippines (1), Korea (6), Russia (11), Singapore (1), Thailand (1), Turkey (1), USA (14). 

Junior Pairs: Canada (5), China (2), Indonesia (1), Japan (1), Russia (10), USA (3).

Junior Ice Dance: Australia (2), Canada (10), China (1), Chinese Taipei (1), France (5), Russia (11), USA (11).

Schedule

Thursday

Ladies (short program) 7:30 a.m and 11 a.m., Ice Dance (rhythm dance) 3:30 p.m, men (short program) 5:45 p.m.

Friday

Pairs (short program) 8 a.m., ice dance (free skate) 9:50 a.m., Pairs (short program) noon ladies (free skate) 2:20 pm., ice dance (free skate) 7:20 p.m. Victory ceremony 9:10 p.m.

Saturday

Men (free skate) 7:30 a.m., Pairs (free skate) 10:10 a.m., men’s free (12:30 p.m.), pair free (4:10 p.m.). Victory Ceremony: 6:10 p.m.

Ticket prices: $10 per day or $25 for all three. Children 12 and under free.

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