This is such a small group, with 5 of the teams making their JGP debut (over half). It will be very interesting to see who can rise to the occasion and take advantage of the small field to claim a medal and set themselves up for a potential trip to the Final. Orford/Williams of Canada and Bonacorsi/Mager of the United States had the best results of the veterans last season. They each have one JGP medal from last season. Zenkova/Sinitsin of Russia finished just off the podium in their lone assignment last season. All three of these teams come from countries with deep dance fields and excellent coaching and should be able to pull the medals here.
My podium predictions:
Bios of the competitors:
Orford/Williams, CAN: They finished 8th at Junior Worlds. They won bronze at JGP Great Britain and placed 5th at JGP Czech Republic. Their personal best is 122.22. She is 18 and he is 20.
Aghai/Partanen, FIN: This is their first season competing together. This is their JGP debut. She is 16 and he is 20.
Coward/Brown, GBR: This is their first season together and their JGP debut. She is 18 and he is 20.
Yigit/Speden, NZL: They finished 19th in the preliminary round at Junior Worlds. They placed 13th at JGP Japan last season. Their personal best is 67.90. She is 17 and he is 19.
Zenkova/Sinitsin, RUS: They placed 4th at JGP Austria last season. Their personal best is 111.80. She is 16 and he is 19.
Jancosek/Seknicka, SVK: This is their international debut. She is 14 and he is 20.
Bonacorsi/Mager, USA: They finished 11th at Junior Worlds. They won bronze at JGP Romania and placed 5th at JGP Great Britain. Their personal best is 117.26. She is 18 and he is 20.
Heritage/Fast, USA: This is their international debut. She is 16 and he is 19.