The World Junior Championships in Tallinn proved a triumph for Edea skaters.
Across the male and female singles competitions 24 of the 48 qualifiers for the free programme were skating in Edea boots. The Edea skaters came from four continents to dominate not only qualification but also the top ten finishers.
In the Junior Women’s medal hopes were high with the 15 year-old Russians Evgenia Medvedeva and Serafima Sakhanovich, who had dominated the competition last year. They were able to repeat their success with Gold going to Medvedeva, who performed well in both parts of the competition and is now considered the leading skater after victory in Barcelona at the final of the Junior Grand Prix. Both athletes are already showing the technical skills to complete against the adults with the calling card of their coach Etheri Tutberidzes showing with two double axel and seven triple jumps in the free programmes.
The 15 year-old Kazakh Elizabet Tursynbaeva and the 14 year-old Japanese Kaori Sakamoto, performed fantastically recording PBs to finish fourth and sixth respectively to show they are catching up with their Russian rivals. Great satisfaction also for the 14 year-old Latvian Daria Nikitina, who was among the youngest competitors but still finished tenth just ahead of the 19 year-old Slovak Nicole Rajicova, who was placed an excellent 5th after the short programme.
Our Italian skater Guia Maria Tagliapietra finished fifteenth, 5 points behind thirteenth placed Finn Jenni Saarinen. Emerging talents included the Australian Kailani Craine, the Czech Elizaveta Ukolova, the American Tyler Pierce, and France’s Lea Serna, who completed the remaining top twenty places. Also qualifying for the free programme were Xiangning Li from China and Dutchwoman Niki Wories.
In the junior men’s the 17 year-old Chinese Boyang Jin took home silver after dominating the free programme making history as the first junior skater to complete three quadruple jumps in the free programme.
One of the highlights of the competition was the fierce battle for top ten places with five Edea skaters eventually finishing within a point of each other. 15 year-old Latvian Deniss Vasiljevs finished seventh ahead of 17 year-old Israeli Samohin Daniel, 18 year-old Korean Seo Jin Kim, 13 year-old American Andrew Torgashev, the youngest competitor, and the 16 year-old Russian Alexander Samarin.
Trained in Canada the Argentian Denis Margalik, achieved an historic highest ever finish for South America with twelfth. Also worthy of mention are 15 year-old Canadian Roman Sadovsky, who finished fourteenth, and 17 year-old Malaysian Julian Zhi Jie Yee, who finished nineteenth.
The British skater Graham Newberry, the Italian Matteo Rizzo and the Swiss Nicola Todeschini also qualified for the free programme and finished just outside the top twenty.
A fourth medal for Edea skaters came from Charlie Bilodeau in the pairs. With his partner he danced flawlessly achieving the highest ever finish for North Americans with second place less than three points off the top step of the podium.
There were great performances from Francis Boudreau-Audet partnered by Ami Koga who came sixth, the American Brian Johnson, seventh with his new partner Chelsea Liu, and Russia’s Daria Beklemisheva, eleventh alongside Maxim Bobrov. A real highlight were the Czechs Anna Duskova / Martin Bidar who climbed to a new level recording a PB and finishing eighth.
Finally Edea continues to make inroads into the ice dance world as well. Highest placed were the Ukrainians Valeria Gaistruk / Alexei Olejnik who finished fourteenth on their debut at the junior World Championships. The Korean debutants Jung Ho Lee / Kang In Kam also finished an encouraging nineteenth placed just ahead Estonians Marina Elias / Denis Koreline.