by Anne Calder | Photographs by Robin Ritoss
The 2023 World Junior Determine Skating Championships protocols are actually recorded within the ISU historical past books. The WinSport Occasion Centre in Calgary, Alberta Canada hosted the forty seventh competitors, February 27 – March 5.
The Rhythm Dance roster started with 30 groups representing 22 international locations. On the finish of the session, twenty groups superior to the Free Dance.
Prior to every Press Convention, small medals had been awarded by the Referee to the highest three groups in every phase (RD/FD). Two ice dance groups headed residence with three medals per associate – CZE and KOR. A medal ceremony was additionally held on the ice on the conclusion of the competitors adopted by the taking part in of the gold medalists’ nationwide anthem.
Historical past was made on the 2023 occasion when CZE and KOR medaled for the primary time on the World Junior Championships.
On the finish of the Rhythm Dance, the ultimate group for the Free Dance was posted: Katerina Mrazkova & Daniel Mrazek (CZE), Hannah Lim & Ye Quan (KOR), Phebe Bekker & James Hernandez (GBR), Nadiia Bashynska & Peter Beaumont (CAN) and Celina Fradji & Jean-Hans Fourneaux (FRA).
Mrazkova & Mrazek had been the one group to earn an ideal (YYYY / YYYY) for his or her eight Argentine Tango key factors. The rotational carry and his twizzle additionally earned degree 4. Dancing Tango to “A Evaristo” and Paso Doble to “Espana Cani”, the siblings earned a 71.19 rating, falling wanting their private finest by a skinny .68 factors.
“We all know that we will do higher, however we did a sort of secure program, which is nice,” Mrazkova famous. “We simply wished to do what we had been practising and to take pleasure in this system, and that’s it.”
Lim & Quan danced a fast-paced Milonga to “Primavera Portena”. The twizzles, second Argentine Tango sample, rotational carry and each midline step sequences earned degree 4. The private finest 71.08 rating topped their current Junior Grand Prix Closing rating by nearly seven factors.
“I’m comfortable that the arduous work we put into our technical components – as an example the step sequence [both level 4] and sample dance – paid off,” Quan stated. ”We’re actually comfortable we obtained our ranges at the moment. We did need to beat our private rating.”
Bekker & Hernandez scored a private finest 68.89 with Flamenco and Tango picks by Roni Benise. The duo earned degree 4 for the rotational carry, second Argentine Tango sample, her midline step and his twizzle,
“For such an intense program, it’s truly a lot enjoyable to skate,” Hernandez stated. “We now have these little moments scattered by way of the place we catch every others’ eyes – sure it’s intense – however we get power from one another in these moments. At the moment we discovered these moments; we related. We had a good time from starting to finish. We’re comfortable.”
Bashynska & Beaumont (CAN) had been fourth. Their Spanish Waltz efficiency to “Espana” and the “Tango Grande” from The Nice Gatsby acquired a private finest 68.00 rating. The opening midline sequence footwork and twizzles earned degree 4 as did the closing rotational carry. The Argentine Tango patterns acquired ranges 1 and a pair of. The Junior Grand Prix Closing gold medalists had been nonetheless solely lower than some extent out of podium vary.
’This isn’t a setback,’’ Bashynska stated. ’’Maybe it is likely to be slightly profit for us. It should put much less stress on us for the free dance which is our stronger efficiency. We plan to return again tomorrow (Saturday).’’
Fradji & Fourneaux (FRA) scored a private finest 65.81 for his or her Tango efficiency to Gringo Nr.1 by Tango for 3, organized by Hugo Chouinard. The twizzles, straight line carry and second Argentine Tango sample had been degree 4. Each midline step sequences had been degree 3.
The panel of judges was launched. The order and a few people had been completely different from the Rhythm Dance. The primary group of athletes was introduced. The groups competed in reverse order of their Rhythm Dance standing.
Mrazkova & Mrazek danced a robust efficiency to “Surrounded” and “The Coronary heart of a King” from The Man within the Iron Masks soundtrack and earned the primary Junior World title and medal for the Czech Republic. The twizzles, rotational carry and dance spin had been degree 4; the round and one foot step plus curve carry earned degree 3. Each the 106.17 phase and complete 177.36 had been private finest scores.
“The rhythm dance for us was not so nice as a result of we had been nervous; we had been scared to do a mistake,” Mrazek stated. “We tried to be extra chilled within the free dance, and I feel we did it higher at the moment.”
Lim & Quan earned the primary Korean ice dance medal at Junior Worlds with a haunting interpretation of Danse Macabre – Dance of Dying. The lifts, dance spin and her twizzle earned degree 4. The opposite components had been degree 3. The 103.31 phase and 174.39 complete had been private finest scores.
“We actually really feel comfortable about what we had at the moment. For me, it hasn’t sunk in but,” Quan stated. “We felt humorous dancing in entrance of a giant crowd like this.”
Bashynska & Beaumont (CAN) scored 101.13 for his or her charming interpretation of “Anna’s Theme” from The Purple Violin by John Corigliano and Elegie: O doux Printemps d’autrefois by Jules Massenet. Their lifts, dance spin and her twizzle had been degree 4; the diagonal step and his twizzle earned degree 3. The Canadian Junior Champions slipped into third place by a .06 margin and took residence their second consecutive Junior World bronze medal.
On the Press Convention, Bashynska applauded all of the medalists plus the British group. “I’m clearly very comfortable to finish up on the rostrum, and I’m very pleased with ourselves and of all people else right here. Additionally to Phebe and James [who narrowly finished fourth behind the Canadians and off the podium]. It’s solely proper to offer all people credit score for the way far all of us got here. It’s been an extended and arduous season for all of us.”
Bekker & Hernandez (GBR) danced a dramatic presentation of Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons that earned degree 4 twizzles, lifts, and dance spin. On the Combined Zone, Hernandez referenced Bekker’s current sickness and his father’s loss of life two weeks in the past. He famous that below the circumstances, they had been extremely pleased with what they had been in a position to do. The private finest 100.18 phase and 169.07 complete scores assured the British Junior Champions fourth place.
Leah Neset & Artem Markelov (USA) vaulted from seventh to fifth with an exhilarating and highly effective dance to Pirates of Caribbean. The twizzles, dance spin, and lifts earned degree 4. The USA Junior Champions’ Rhythm Dance (64.01), Free Dance (98.58) and Whole (162,59) had been all private finest scores.
The rostrum groups will all be shifting as much as the senior ranks subsequent season. They shared their expectations.
- Katerina Mrazkova: “In fact sooner or later we need to be the perfect. We don’t know the way it’s going to be subsequent season, so we are going to work arduous like final yr. We are going to attempt to enhance the whole lot – our unhealthy sides and our good sides.”
- Daniel Mrazek: “We don’t have any expectations. It’s a totally new class for us.”
- Hannah Lim: “We’re a bit nervous as a result of we now have a whole lot of examples at our faculty (I.AM), and they’re all actually superb senior skaters. I’m glad they’re there so we will look as much as them. I’m nervous, but in addition very excited.”
- Nadiia Bashynska: “We don’t actually have a selection. We now have to maneuver up. We’re very excited and searching ahead to exhibiting a brand new aspect of ourselves, clearly stepping up our sport and dealing arduous.”
- Peter Beaumont: “Final yr we had been kind of debating about it, however I’m glad that we stayed junior one other yr. Now it feels proper for us to maneuver up. I’m wanting ahead to a little bit of Samba and ‘80s’ (music for senior RD) subsequent yr.”
Choreographic Ingredient Highest Whole Scores:
- Choreographic Character Step Sequence: Leah Neset & Artem Markelov (USA) – 3.95
- Choreographic Sliding Motion: Nadiia Bashynska & Peter Beaumont (CAN) – 3.83
World Junior Championship Medalists Teaching at 2023 World Junior Championships:
- Marie-France Dubreuil & Bruno Yvars (CAN) 1990 (bronze)
- Elena Khaliavina Dostatni & Maxim Shabalin (RUS) 2001 (bronze), 2002 (silver)
- Sylwia Nowak & Sebastian Kolasiński (POL) 1993 (silver), 1994 (gold)
- Tatiana Gladkova & Igor Shpilband (USSR) 1982 (silver), 1983 (gold)
- Anastasia Gorshkova & Ilia Tkachenko (RUS) 2005 (bronze)
The 2024 World Junior Championships will probably be held in Taipei Metropolis, Taiwan. The allotments per nation:
3 – Canada, Czech Republic, United States
2 – Cyprus, France, Nice Britain, Korea
1 – All different ISU international locations