The Junior competitions are over. Good the technical level in all the specialities.
The Junior competitions are over here in Murcia. The skaters have been doing a good job in keeping the suspense and giving enjoyment to the people in the Sports Center. In the ladies figures the big fight has been between the two german girls: Julia Woyciechowski, Vanessa Aurich. At the end Julia won with a very good fourth exercise. Third Alba Perez Rifa that has skated good level exercises during all the competition. For the free there have been no doubt on the first place both on the Short Program and Long Program. We already knew the competition would have been tough but the show was beautiful. A good number of skaters were able to present double axels and triples but Debora Sbei(16 years old) trained by Sara Locandro from Italy could have been in Seniors. With complete rotations and perfect landed jumps, she had no trouble to beat the Italian Sara Venerucci and the current World Champion Alba Perez Rifa who won the combined. For the mens Marco Santucci from Italy won Figures Free and Combined. In the figures we had a good competition in which there have been a lot of changes during the four exercises. There was great improvement in the level of the Chinese Taipei in this speciality especially in the loops. In the free we had a big show from the japanese Nishiki Shingo.
His jumps have improved a great deal since the last year. Unluckly the spins are weak and didn't let him get on the top but his way to express himself on the skates hit the audience which gave him a standing ovation for his Short Program. In Pairs the two italian pairs didn't have any problems to get the first two medals. The Argentinian pair were good. In Dance the run for the first place was between the two italian couples and the US couple. During all the competition the response from the judges was unpredictable.
At the end Gold and Silver for Italy and Bronze for USA.