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Bobak, Beharry qualify for Junior Grand Prix Final

Canadians to compete in third international event as team

The 2011 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final will be held in Quebec City from Dec. 8-11.<br>
The 2011 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final will be held in Quebec City from Dec. 8-11.
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(11/10/2011) - The International Skating Union (ISU) has released its list of qualifiers for the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, which will be held in Quebec City at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse at ExpoCité from Dec. 8-11, 2011. The competition, which runs in unison with the ISU Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, is being hosted in Canada for the first time since 2001. There will be competitions in all four disciplines, but Canada will only compete in pairs skating.

The pairs team of Katherine Bobak, 17, Guelph, Ontario, and Ian Beharry, 19, Guelph, Ontario, started off the season with a silver medal at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Poland and followed that up with gold in Estonia. This is their first year competing together after teaming up in February 2011, and the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final will be their third international event as a team. The pair is coached by Kris Wirtz and Kristy Wirtz at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club.

In men's, Han Yan of China was the top qualifier after placing first at both of his assignments, Austria and Italy. Yan edged out Joshua Farris of the United States in the total scores tiebreaker, as Farris also placed first at both of his assignments, ISU Junior Grand Prix Poland and Estonia. Yan is looking to top his second-place finish at last year's ISU Junior Grand Prix Final in China while Farris would like to improve on last year's sixth-place finish.

Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia headlines the ladies field with fellow Russian Polina Shelepen seeded second. Both skaters earned gold medals at their two ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments this season; Lipnitskaia won in Poland and Italy, and Shelepen won in Latvia and Romania. Shelepen finished fifth at last year's ISU Junior Grand Prix Final in China, while Lipnitskia will be making her first appearance at the Junior Grand Prix Final in her debut season on the circuit.

In pairs, the top qualifying team is Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China. Sui and Han won gold at ISU Junior Grand Prix events in Latvia and Austria to earn the top seed. Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer of the United States are the second-seeded pairs team, having placed first at their ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment in Poland and second at their assignment in Estonia. These pairs will be in competition with third-seeded Canadians Bobak and Beharry.

In ice dancing, Russian teams hold the top three seeds coming into the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. Top-seeded Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin won gold at their ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments in Poland and Austria, as did second-seeded Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin at their assignments in Romania and Italy. Anna Yanovskaia and Sergei Mozgov placed third at their assignment in Poland and first in Estonia.

Canadians Margaret Purdy, 16, Strathroy, Ontario, and Michael Marinaro, 19, Sarnia, Ontario, are listed as the second alternate team in the pairs discipline, should any substitutes be required. They won bronze in the first event of the season in Riga, Latvia. They also placed 10th at their second assignment of the season in Austria. This is their third year on the junior circuit. In 2010, they placed ninth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and 10th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Sheffield, England. They are coached by Scott Rachuk and Alison Purkiss at the Competitive Skating Centre of Strathroy.

The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final qualifiers in each category are:

Men's

  1. 1. Yan Han (China)
  2. 2. Joshua Farris (United States)
  3. 3. Jason Brown (United States)
  4. 4. Maxim Kovtun (Russia)
  5. 5. Ryuju Hino (Japan)
  6. 6. Keiji Tanaka (Japan)

Ladies

  1. 1. Julia Lipnitskaia (Russia)
  2. 2. Polina Shelepen (Russia)
  3. 3. Vanessa Lam (United States)
  4. 4. Risa Shoji (Japan)
  5. 5. Li Zijun (China)
  6. 6. Polina Korobeynikova (Russia)

Pairs

  1. 1. Sui Wenjing / Han Cong (China)
  2. 2. Britney Simpson / Matthew Blackmer (United States)
  3. 3. Katherine Bobak / Ian Beharry (Canada)
  4. 4. Yu Xiaoyu / Jin Yang (China)
  5. 5. Ekaterina Petaikina / Maxim Kurduykov (Russia)
  6. 6. Jessica Calalang / Zack Sidhu (United States)

Ice dancing

  1. 1. Victoria Sinitsina / Ruslan Zhiganshin (Russia)
  2. 2. Alexandra Stepanova / Ivan Bukin (Russia)
  3. 3. Anna Yanovskaia / Sergei Mozgov (Russia)
  4. 4. Maria Nosulia / Evgen Kholoniuk (Ukraine)
  5. 5. Anastasia Galyeta / Alexei Shumski (Ukraine)
  6. 6. Alexandra Aldridge / Daniel Eaton (United States)