Smooth’s Podium Picks – World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2017

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The skating stars of the future are in Taipei, as the World Juniors take place. Over 130 skaters representing 30 countries will take part this weekend.  Some skaters have senior experience in their national competitions, but haven’t either reached the legal age or were given the spot to gain valuable international experience.

Unlike our usual picks, we’re selecting who will take the top spots.  Here’s who we think will come out on top this weekend.

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Men – Jun Hwan Cha (KOR)

This skater won gold at Korean Nationals this season, finished 5th at the Youth Olympic Games and 3rd at this year’s Junior Grand Prix Final. Coached by Brian Orser, this skater could become the next big thing in Pyeongchang at next year’s Winter Olympics.

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Ladies – Polina Tsurskaya (RUS)

Part of the new Russian juggernaut of ladies figure skaters, she was undefeated at Junior Grand Prix competitions this season.  Having finished 4th at the senior level in 2016, Russian figure skating sent her to juniors to get more experience, and it may pay off this weekend.

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Pairs – Chelsea Liu and Brian Johnson (USA)

In a weakened field of 16 teams, this pick could surprise this weekend. Having been together for four years, they’ve slowly improved their international standing with 7th and 5th place finishes at the Junior World level the last two years.

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Ice Dance – Rachel and Michael Parsons (USA)

This team haven’t lost all season long, beating the defending champions and American teammates, Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter along the way. Expect them to continue their win streak and a possible sweep of the podium.

World Championship Podium Picks in two weeks.

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I'm a TV producer and an Internet radio broadcaster. I also write for my blogs (An Op-Ed Blog and a Football Blog) here at WordPress.
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