In The Loop had the opportunity to talk to USA’s Andrew Torgashev, the 2015 Junior National Champion, 2018 Junior Grand Prix finalist, and 2019 Philadephia Summer International champion. He talked with us about his programs, role models, art, and more. Read about it here!
In The Loop had the opportunity to talk to the promising new U.S. junior ice dance team, Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen, who graciously agreed to speak with us prior to their Junior Grand Prix debut at JGP Courchevel this week. Although they just teamed up earlier this year, Katarina is the 2017 US Intermediate Champion and the 2018 US Novice Champion with her former partner Howard Zhao, while Jeffrey is the 2018 US Novice Silver Medalist with former partner Gianna Buckley, and also the younger brother of 2017 US Champion Karen Chen.
Read about their programs, goals, role models and more in our interview with them here!
Evie: Let's go on to talking about the Junior Grand Prix Final! We talked about the Seniors last week and we're here talking about the Juniors this week. It's the end of the road for the Juniors and the end of Ted's commentary for a while, which makes me sad.
Kat: I mean, I obviously didn't hear Ted's commentary because I was there but I will miss it a lot. I did miss his commentary during the event.
Evie: They should just broadcast it in the arena.
This week: New GPF champions are crowned, familiar faces announce their return, and some unfortunate, frightening injuries.
This week: The Junior Grand Prix comes to a close, withdrawals, coaching changes, and some tasty instant noodles.
The Junior Grand Prix made its final stop in Yerevan, Armenia this past weekend where 21 men, 27 ladies, and 15 Ice Dance teams fought it out for those last few available spots for the Junior Grand Prix Final in December. The ISU livestreamed the entirety of the competition and uploaded select skaters’ videos to YouTube; additionally, the ITL YouTube channel now features playlists of the medalists’ and special shoutouts’ performances, which can be found here.
Tilda: The spin! The spin where he did the [YMCA] movements? Pure genius.
Evie: That’s the only valid choreographic sequence from now on, if you’re doing the YMCA arms. Only valid one, I’m sorry.
The JGP made its sixth stop in Ljubljana, Slovenia this past weekend where 24 men, 36 ladies, and 15 ice dance teams looked to capture a spot in the JGP Final in December. The ISU livestreamed the entirety of the competition and uploaded select skaters’ videos to YouTube; additionally, the ITL YouTube channel now features playlists of the medalists’ and special shoutouts’ performances, which can be found here.
Lae: It's also the “Toy Story” song which seems oddly fitting for Keegan for some reason.
Gina: I would maybe like it more if he was dressed as a cowboy.
Lae: That's true. Keegan, you dropped the ball completely.
Gina: You’ve got that cowboy hat. (Lae: Oh my god, he does!)
Iman: Imagine he came up with actual cowboy boots as his skates. That would be fantastic.
Gina: That would be so cute.
Lae: If you're going to go for disco Romeo and Juliet, you might as well like go the entire way, like come on.
The Junior Grand Prix series continued this week in Linz with JGP Cup of Austria, where 22 men, 34 ladies, 12 pairs, and 13 ice dance teams vied for finishes that would bring them one step closer to the JGP Final in December.