(10/10/16) – Four American entries have qualified for the 2016 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final as the JGP series concluded last weekend in Dresden, Germany. The 2016 JGP Final is set for Dec. 8-11 in Marseille, France.
Aleksei Krasnozhon, the 2016 U.S. junior bronze medalist, qualified for his first JGP Final after earning a gold medal at JGP Slovenia and a silver at JGP Czech Republic. Krasnozhon also represented Team USA in the 2015 JGP series, winning bronze in Latvia and placing fifth in Poland.
Three American ice dance teams also qualified, including World Junior champions Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter and World Junior silver medalists Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons. Both teams earned their trips to France by virtue of two first-place finishes this fall. Both teams competed last year with McNamara and Carpenter winning the title and the Parsons taking bronze.
Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko will make their first trip to the JGP Final in their third international season. The 2016 U.S. junior pewter medalists won a pair of silver medals at events in Russia and France to stamp their tickets to the Final.
Now in its 20th season, the JGP Series consists of seven international events in a cumulative point‐scoring format. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the seven scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.