Challenge Cup 2013 is taking place this week at The Hague and it will host interesting athletes who are going to have a final feedback before World Championships next month.
The ladies competition will probably be the highlight of the event as it will be attended by reigning world champion Carolina Kostner plus some remarkable others. Fresh of her fifth European title, winner of the 2012 Challenge cup edition, Carolina will likely win this year too and it will be interesting to see the jumping layout she will decide to attempt in order to defend her world title. The Hague's rink could be the place where to test a triple flip-triple toe combo.
Joshi and Viktoria Helgesson are listed too and should finish on the podium here. (Joshi could withdraw as she has just competed in Wien this past week where she won). Mae Berenice Meite is not too far behind.
As for the men, Brian Joubert is going gold for. He attended this competition last year too and it worked well as a preparation for Worlds and will attend this year's event as the defending champion.
In the pairs event, the French couples will dominate. James/Cipres showed an amazing improvement this season so far, skating a superb free skate at European Championships where they finished fourth. Popova/Massot don't have the same quality as their compatriots, but usually manage some good performances.
All events will take place from Thursday to Sunday and videos will be recorded and available to the Challenge Cup official youtube channell.
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