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Thread: Junior Grand Prix Final Thread: dedicated to Caroline Zhang!

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    Default Junior Grand Prix Final Thread: dedicated to Caroline Zhang!

    Junior Grand Prix Final is to be held from Dec 7 to Dec 9 in Sofia, Bulgaria. I am praying Caroline Zhang will show her amazing consistency again to claim her first important international title.

    The performance of American senior ladies this season was utterly disappointing. Kimmie was the only one who did reasonably well. Other 'top-notch' skaters such as Bebe, Alissa's performance can only be termed as disastrous. Can you believe Bebe only landed one triple jump in her entire long program at NHK?

    American ladies field needs Caroline Zhang to bring out much needed fighting spirits just as Michelle Kwan has shown us over and over.

    Watching Caroline Zhang's following clips, you'll understand why I love this kid so much besides her obvious talent.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IIUWgOwAIQ

    Did you notice at the end of it, little Caroline yelled out to herself 'YES' , this really reminds me of Michelle Kwan. In the program, Caroline Zhang botched her first planned 3lz+2t+2t combo with only one 3lz, but she kept on fighting and calmly tacked a 2t+2lo to a 3f. Smart and Courageous!

    The medal ceremony clip is also very cute. Caroline Zhang was so small that she had to crawled up to the top podium. The Chinese commentors were joking that there's only 'gold medal' in Caroline's heart and she didn't even want to use second or third place podium as stepping stone!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvOjJSQ8TN0

    Let's give another round of applause to Caroline and wish her the best luck!

    Link to ISU JGPF:
    http://www.isufs.org/events/fsevent00009358.htm
    Last edited by geisha; December 3rd, 2006 at 12:10 PM.

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    Boy is she good!!! I knew I liked her right away when I saw her profile on 2006 Nationals where Terry said she idolized MK!

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    Count me in on jumping on the Zhang bandwagon! I saw her at Nationals and thought she was gorgeous!

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    OK....I've never seen her before, but read a little about her. Very impressive!

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    Her spin positions are amazing.She is extremely flexible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geisha View Post
    The medal ceremony clip is also very cute. Caroline Zhang was so small that she had to crawled up to the top podium. The Chinese commentors were joking that there's only 'gold medal' in Caroline's heart and she didn't even want to use second or third place podium as stepping stone!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvOjJSQ8TN0
    One of the "Chinese" commentators is Jennifer Don who used to skate Pairs with Jonathan Hunt and now is a singles skater. She has changed federations and now skates for Taiwan.

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    lol at the podium video. She really is the only U.S. skater i am excited to see progress at the moment. Is she going to Senior or Junior Nationals this year?
    Keep on truckin

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    I concur Jarrett. Caroline is so adorable and a competitor.

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    Caroline will be in Spokane competing as a Junior Lady. I hope she blows away the field! I pray she stays healthy as she matures. Her skating is far more advanced than a 12 year old Kwan!

    If all goes well for her, she WILL BE America's next skating star!
    Pete

    Michelle Kwan: "The best thing on ice since Johnnie Walker!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by visaliakid View Post
    Caroline will be in Spokane competing as a Junior Lady. I hope she blows away the field! I pray she stays healthy as she matures. Her skating is far more advanced than a 12 year old Kwan!

    If all goes well for her, she WILL BE America's next skating star!
    Let our dream come true, Caroline, I know you will not disappoint us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett View Post
    lol at the podium video. She really is the only U.S. skater i am excited to see progress at the moment. Is she going to Senior or Junior Nationals this year?
    I HAVE TO AGREE JARRETT. I REALLY HOPE SHE CONTINUES AND IS SUCCESSFUL. SHE JUST MIGHT BE THE "THE FUTURE FACE" THAT THE US NEEDS.



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    Starting order and schedule:

    http://www.isufs.org/results/jgpf0607/

    Caroline Zhang will be the last one to skate in ladies' short program.

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    Wow, I just reallized that 5 out of 8 (9 for the ladies) skaters in Mens, Ladies, and Pairs are US skaters/teams. I hope this group of developing skaters can keep it up and bring some spark to US skating in the next few years!
    ďAn Olympic gold medal would not have made us love or admire her more."


    "A gold medal can go in a case to be looked at from time to time, but a heart of gold is a rarity that enriches the world." ~ Susan Wessling, 2009

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    Default YES, Caroline Zhang!

    Caroline Zhang did not disappoint us!!
    YES, Caroline Zhang!!! She is in the lead after SP!!!

    1 Caroline ZHANG USA 56.28 1
    2 Megan OSTER USA 48.92 2
    3 Ashley WAGNER USA 48.65 3
    4 Stefania BERTON ITA 45.19 4
    5 Melissa BULANHAGUI USA 44.37 5
    6 Juliana CANNAROZZO USA 43.31 6
    7 Rumi SUIZU JPN 43.23 7
    8 Nana TAKEDA JPN 38.93 8
    9 Devora RADEVA BUL 28.22 9


    1 Caroline ZHANG USA 56.28 33.91 22.37 5.79 5.29 5.68 5.57 5.64 0.00 #9
    2 Megan OSTER USA 48.92 28.97 19.95 5.11 4.75 5.00 5.07 5.00 0.00 #6
    3 Ashley WAGNER USA 48.65 28.30 20.35 5.29 4.86 5.14 5.04 5.11 0.00 #8
    4 Stefania BERTON ITA 45.19 26.40 18.79 4.79 4.39 4.79 4.64 4.89 0.00 #3
    5 Melissa BULANHAGUI USA 44.37 25.97 18.40 4.68 4.36 4.64 4.61 4.71 0.00 #2
    6 Juliana CANNAROZZO USA 43.31 23.45 19.86 5.11 4.75 4.96 4.96 5.04 0.00 #7
    7 Rumi SUIZU JPN 43.23 24.85 18.38 4.71 4.36 4.68 4.61 4.61 0.00 #4
    8 Nana TAKEDA JPN 38.93 21.01 18.92 4.86 4.43 4.82 4.79 4.75 1.00 #5
    9 Devora RADEVA BUL 28.22 13.71 14.51 3.71 3.36 3.71 3.71 3.64 0.00

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    She's got a nice solid lead. Congrats to the other 2 American girls in the 2 and 3 spots.

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    Based on the scores, top three must all have done a clean short program.

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    Glad to see Caroline is doing well Good luck in the LP!!
    Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right. ~Isaac Asimov

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    Photos from opening ceremony.

    http://www.jgpfinal-sofia2006.info/

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    Good for Caroline. Does Caroline have a website?
    Last edited by lavender; December 8th, 2006 at 01:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavender View Post
    Good for Caroline. Does Caroline have a website?

    Don't think so. She's just a normal kid, no need for these sorts of fanfare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taytay165 View Post
    She's got a nice solid lead. Congrats to the other 2 American girls in the 2 and 3 spots.

    Yeah that's good to see. I'm surprised to see the Japanese girls so low and no Russian girls.

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    Default Early Caroline Zhang!

    Link to Caroline Zhang's early photos(2002), she is so adorable!!

    http://www.swpskating.com/zhaozhang.html

    Just as the photographer predicted in 2002,

    "This young dynamo grabbed my attention during her qualifying skate at 2002 Regionals. Her's was the best performance of the morning, and she continued to shine through the Championship and Final rounds. She continued her dominance this season by winning a trip to Junior Nationals. She has lovely extension moves, blazingly fast jumps, and a command of the ice typical of skaters at much higher test levels. When this kid starts bringing home gold as a Senior, you can say you saw her here first.,"

    [UPDATE]:
    backstage pics from usfigureskating.org

    http://www.usfigureskating.org/event...tagepics-1.htm
    Last edited by geisha; December 8th, 2006 at 02:07 PM.

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    US men are top five after the Short!

    1 Stephen CARRIERE USA 59.46 1
    2 Tommy STEENBERG USA 56.42 2
    3 Austin KANALLAKAN USA 55.88 3
    4 Curran OI USA 55.76 4
    5 Brandon MROZ USA 55.62 5
    6 Takahito MURA JPN 55.36 6
    7 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 53.08 7
    8 Artem BORODULIN RUS 50.38 8

    Personally I'm pulling for Tommy Steenburg.

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    Can someone post her JPF short on youtube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    Can someone post her JPF short on youtube?
    Do you know where to download the video? I don't think anybody has it.
    There's her JP Taipei short on youtube.

    Caroline Zhang's Ina Bauer position:
    http://photos.skatetoday.com/display...lbum=52&pos=36

    All other photos taken on Day 1:
    http://photos.skatetoday.com/thumbnails.php?album=52

    Email Press Release from ISU on day 1 results:

    Ladies Short:
    Caroline Zhang (USA) took the lead in the Ladies Short Program with her teammates Megan Oster and Ashley Wagner finishing second and third.

    In the Ladies Short Program for the 2006/2007 season, the double or triple flip out of footwork and the flying camel spin are required elements. In the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, the skaters compete in the reverse order of the Grand Prix standings.
    Performing to “Olga” from the “Ladies in Lavender” soundtrack, Zhang hit a triple Lutz-double toe, a triple flip and a double Axel. The 13-year-old from California showed great flexibility in her excellent spins that were graded a level four and three. Zhang was awarded 56.28 points (33.91 element score/22.37 program component score). “It was ok. I think the footwork could have been better and the triple Lutz-double toe, but it was ok overall. I like to do it (the triple Lutz) as a warm up.” She enjoyed to compete against four teammates here. “I think it’s fun. You know more people. Everybody is so supportive.”

    Oster produced a triple Lutz-double toeloop and a triple flip in her routine to “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Morricone, but both jumps were somewhat shaky. The 17-year-old went on to complete a double Axel and a level four combination spin. The American scored 48.92 points (28.97/19.95). “I really enjoyed my performance today. I think I did a great job and I’m excited to go out there and skate like I have been training. I was a little bit nervous. I tried not to think about it and just went on to the next thing”, she continued referring to the shaky landings.

    Wagner’s program to “The Cotton Club” included a triple Lutz-double toe, a double Axel, a triple flip and nice spins. The 15-year-old received 48.65 points (28.30/20.35). “It’s really exciting. It’s definitely an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It’s so exciting to be in such a place”, Wagner said about competing in her first Junior Grand Prix Final. “I feel (my performance) went pretty well. My Lutz wasn’t as strong as it usually could be, but after that I just tried to make the rest of the program really, really strong. I used to actually really telegraph my jumps and then I came to (coach) Mrs. Hughes and she said “no more of that”. She has taught me to be entertaining in the whole program and not telegraphing everything and showing people what I’m doing next. She wants it to be a surprise.”

    Stefania Berton of Italy came in fourth at 45.19 points, setting a new personal best for herself. The Italian landed a triple toe-double toe combination and showed good spins. Melissa Bulanhagui (USA) is standing in fifth place. She popped her flip (44.37 points).
    Pairs Short
    Pairs, Short Program
    In the Pairs, Keauna McLaughlin/Rockne Brubaker (USA) finished first ahead of Russia’s Ksenia Krasilinikova/Konstantin Bezmaternykh and Jessica Rose Paetsch/Jon Nuss (USA).

    McLaughlin/Brubaker, who skated last out of the eight couples, produced a flowing and lyrical performance to “Somewhere in Time”. They completed a one-armed hand-to-hand lift, a side by side double Axel, a high double twist and a very well synchronized side by side combination spin. She only had to fight for the landing of the throw triple Salchow. The couple picked up 55.30 points (32.62 element score/22.68 program component score), improving significantly their previous personal best of 48.79 points. “We knew they (Krasilnikova/Bezmaternykh) had skated well, but we knew what we had to focus on. No matter how good another team does, we only do what we’re able to do. It (the program) felt the most comfortable, like kind of a practice skate”, Brubaker said. “In each competition, we try to improve and I think we improved a lot since our last competition, so I’m really happy with it”, McLaughlin added, referring to their new personal best.
    Skating to “The Circus Princess” by Emerich Kalman, Krasilnikova/Bezmaternykh put out a solid performance as well that featured a difficult lift with changes of direction, a throw triple Salchow, a high double twist and a backward outside death spiral which was graded a level three. However, Bezmaternykh’s landing of the side by side double Axel was scratchy. The reigning World Junior bronze medalists scored 52.07 points (31.05/21.02). “I’m not so happy about my double Axel, I think it didn’t look too good”, Bezmaternykh commented. “I don’t know why it happened, I did a good one in warm up. Overall we felt good on the ice, we were calm. The music is from last year, but we changed some entries and the elements have changed. For tomorrow we just aim for a clean skate.”
    Paetsch/Nuss hit a double twist, side by side double flip and a throw triple Salchow in their program to “Anastasia”. They earned 47.94 points (28.84/19.10), setting a new personal best for themselves. “It felt like it was great. Every element was just as good as we can do it. It was a new personal best for us by I think three points”, Nuss told the press. “It (this competition) feels like a reunion. We haven’t seen some of these guys in a long time. It’s nice to be with them.”

    Vera Bazarova/Juri Larionov (RUS) came in fourth with a solid routine that included a throw triple Salchow, but their spin was out of unison and her double Axel was wobbly (47.37 points). World Junior silver medalists Kendra Moyle/Andy Seitz (USA) are currently ranked fifth after she popped the planned double Axel (46.16 points).
    Men's Short:
    The Men’s Short Program turned out to be an interesting competition. It was really close between the top skaters. Stephen Carriere (USA) won the first portion of the Men’s event with his teammates Tommy Steenberg and Austin Kanallakan coming in second and third.

    Carriere opened his program to “Pink Panther” with a double Axel, followed by a triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination and precise footwork. He also produced excellent spins, earning a level four for the combination spin and a level three for the sit spin. However, the 17-year-old stumbled out of his triple flip. Carriere got a new personal score of 59.46 points (32.08 element score/27.38 program component). “I was a little away from myself, I was too slow. When I got up I was really thinking, get the rotation done, and when I came down I kind of overexcited myself and so I stepped out”, he explained, referring to his mistake. “I definitely can do it a lot better, I’ve been training a lot better. I was very surprised to have a personal best. I’ll take that in and I’ll do a better one tomorrow.”

    Steenberg was last to skate. He opened his unusual program to pure drum music (“Drumline”) with a triple flip but then his triple Lutz was shaky and he just added a double toe instead of the planned triple. The 18-year-old went on to complete a double Axel and a level four combination spin to score 56.42 points (29.17/27.25). “I’m satisfied with it. Obviously, the combo wasn’t my best, but my triple flip and double Axel were both solid and I held the spins pretty well. I think the whole performance was good”, Steenberg told the press. “This program definitely was a tricky one to choreograph. I actually tried it a year ago, and it didn’t really work for me then. Then this year I re-coreographed it a second time, it still didn’t work. I ended up trying it one last time, because I thought if I could make it work it would be fun. This year, I ended up doing a lot of the choreography myself, and it has been a good working process. I think it really pushed me in my presentation and creativity.”

    Kanallakan put out a solid program to “Leyenda” by Vanessa Mae that included a triple Lutz-triple toe, a triple flip, a double Axel and sit spin with difficult positions (level three). He received 55.88 points (29.88/26.00). “I did my jumps very well but I’m a little bit disappointed on how I skated the program”, the 15-year-old commented. “Technically it’s probably the best I’ve done so far this year. I think my footwork could have been a lot better and my skating skills in the second half of the program could have been a little bit more controlled. It felt a little wild. I feel a lot more confident this year than I did last year”, he answered when asked about coming back to this event as the defending silver medalist.

    The skaters ranked fourth to sixth are separated by less than one point from a podium spot. Curran Oi (USA) came in fourth with a new personal best of 55.76 points after completing all his jumps and good spins. Brandon Mroz (USA) was fifth at 55.62. He stepped out of his triple flip, but the rest of his program was strong. Takahiko Mura (JPN) was the only skater to attempt and to land a triple Axel (in combination with a triple toe). He is currently ranked sixth with a new personal best of 55.36 points.
    Ice dancing:
    The Ice Dancers opened the competition with the Compulsory Dance, the Midnight Blues. Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev of Russia edged out the two U.S. teams of Madison Hubbell/Keiffer Hubbell and Emily Samuelson/Evan Bates, but all three couples were separated by less than one point. Then the dancers came back for the Original Dance in the evening. Now Hubbell/Hubbell came out of top followed by Samuelson/Bates while Bobrova/Soloviev slipped to third.

    Bobrova/Soloviev showed good knee action and had much flow in their Blues to earn 31.56 points (16.40 element score/15.16 program component score). Hubbel/Hubbel delivered a very confident Blues executing the steps precisely. The brother and sister team was awarded 31.39 points (16.63/14.76). Samuelson/Bates scored 31.24 points (16.36/14.88) for their solid Midnight Blues.

    In the OD, Hubbell/Hubbell’s Tango included intricate footwork, a curve lift with him in a spread eagle position and her in a Biellmann Position and a fluid diagonal step sequence that was graded a level three by the Technical Panel. The couple also showed excellent unison and won the OD with a new personal best of 50.61 points (27.19/23.42). They moved up to first at 82.00 points.
    “Coming here as our first time at the Junior Grand Prix Final and our first year junior our goal was really just to skate the best we could and I think we fulfilled that goal. We obviously were working to be at the top but we weren’t expecting anything”, Madison Hubbell said. “We haven’t skated that well against these teams, so we’re surprised (to be in the lead)”, her brother added. The two American teams are training together under the same coaches. Asked about competing against each other, Madison Hubbell answered: “It’s nice being here with somebody you’re so close to. It makes it a lot less like a competition, more just like training at home.”

    Samuelson/Bates delivered a solid dance as well, producing a one-armed rotational lift and level-four twizzles in the side by side footwork. The Americans received 50.11 points (27.18/22.93) and collected 81.35 points so far. “We skated very well, it’s the best original dance we’ve done. It felt like we’ve put a lot of energy into it and expression which was our goal for this program”, Samuelson said.

    Bobrova/Soloviev opened their program with a fast paced midline footwork sequence but they lost sync, and they also had some unison problems in their diagonal step sequence. The Russians went on to complete a straight line and rotational lift as well as a dance combination spin with many changes of position. They earned 49.79 points (26.04/23.75) and accumulated 81.35 points, the same score as Samuelson/Bates. The Americans are ranked above them as they placed higher in the Original Dance. “I think we skated ok more or less in the compulsory dance, but we made some errors in the original dance. We went apart in the side by side footwork and in the diagonal. It wasn’t our best skate, obviously. We’ve skated better this season in practice and in competition. I think we can do better and we just have to pull ourselves together. These mistakes happen, probably because we weren’t attentive”, Soloviev said. “Compared to last year, I think we are on a different level now. We’ve grown as skaters, but we need to work on our consistency to perform all elements cleanly.”

    Kristina Gorshkova/Vitali Butikov (RUS) were ranked fourth at 74.18 points after the two segements of the competition and solid performances. Grethe Grünberg/Kristian Rand (EST) are standing in fifth place with 73.58 points.
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