The ISU Junior Grand Prix started today in Riga with the ladies short program. Russia showed off its unlimited talent by placing two girls on the virtual podium.
Maria Sotskova won the short program with 59.45 points. She nailed a triple flip-triple toe combo and was impecable technique wise.
Just one point behind her, Karen Chen, from USA, did her debut as a junior in the grand prix. Despite her very young age (she is just 14), she performed the finest program of the bunch to the music of Esperanza scoring the highest psc of the competition. She did a triple lutz-triple toe (with under rotation mark) and a triple loop in the second half of the program. Considering her 58.21, she is in a virtual tie with Sotskova.
Another Russian lady, Evgenia Mevdvedeva, is currently third after the short program with 55.17.
All videos are available on the ISU Junior Grand Prix channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ISUJGP2011