Four British skaters set for opening ISU Junior Grand Prix

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Connor Bray, Lowenna Prigg, Sophia Bushell and Alex Lapsky will represent Great Britain at the opening ISU Junior Grand Prix set to take place in France, Courchevel this week.

Prigg will skate in the Women’s Singles that opens the competition at 13:00 on Thursday 25th. Bray will then follow in the Men’s Singles from 18:00. Bushell and Lapsky, skating in their second Junior Grand Prix together, will perform their Rhythm Dance on Friday as the Ice Dance gets underway from 13:30.

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Bray, who won a Junior silver medal at the 2020 British Championships, is looking to relish the opportunity. He said: “I have grabbed this chance of competing in the JGP at my last year of junior. “It was a long road to this. I’m very thrilled that I can be in part of the event.

I came back from Japan in March and reunited with my coaches, I’ve been training with them for the last 5 months. They have waited for me to come back to the UK for 20 months. I do appreciate they still cared for me as they were giving me zoom lessons even though the time difference we had. I hope I can do what I have practiced with them and will be satisfied with my performance.”

Lowenna Prigg will make step up to the Junior level, making her Junior Grand Prix debut. The 17-year-old Oxford-based skater won the Advanced Novice title at the 2021 British Championships.

Ice Dance couple Sophia Bushell and Alex Lapsky perform on the ice.

Sophia BUshell and Alex lapsky will skate in their second Junior Grand Prix together. Photo credit: International Skating Union

The ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, formerly known as the ISU Junior Series, includes seven events and the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

The Series features some of the up and coming skaters of the world and provides young skaters aged 13 to 19 (21 for the male Ice Dance and Pair Skating partners) with the opportunity to compete at a high international level.

A points system based on the ranking has been established to determine the qualifiers for the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Points are obtained according to the results in each of the seven events and only the top six Skaters / Couples in each discipline can qualify for the Final.

Schedule (All times BST and subject to change)

Thursday 25th August

13:00 – 18:25 – Women’s Short Program

18:00- 20:50 – Men’s Short Program

Friday 26th August

13:30-15:10 – Ice Dance Rhythm Dance

15:35-20:30 – Women’s Free Skate

Saturday 27th August

10:30-13:40 – Men’s Free Skate

14:05-15:55 – Ice Dance Free Dance

How to watch

Every ISU Junior Grand Prix will be streamed live on the ISU YouTube channel.