On Monday, March 4th Press conference announcing the World Junior Figure Skating Championships took place. This Championship is taking place in Dom Sportova arena from Wednesday, March 6th till Saturday, March 9th 2019 and there are more than 180 skaters from 44 countries arriving to compete. Croatian representatives, Hana Cvijanović and Charles Henry Katanović gave their statements to the journalists gathered at Panorama Hotel in Zagreb.
Junior Worlds, but most recently she was in Minsk, Belarus at her first European Championships.
“While I cannot predict the results or if I will make it to the long program, I believe I have improved in the past two years that I have been competing at junior championships. I want to perform the best I can and qualifying to the long program would make me incredibly happy.”
Eighteen year old Charles Henry Katanović competed for Croatia at Junior World Championships last year in Sofia, Bulgaria where he placed 47th.
“For the last two weeks after my last competition, I have been working and training very hard we shall see what will come out of that. Hopefully, I will be able to execute what I have been training so even if I do not make it to the long program, It will not be too bad.”
The president of Croatian skating federation, Morana Paliković Gruden:
“After 20 years, Zagreb was again given the honor to host Championships where the best juniors will compete for the last time this season. There are many young new hopes as well as defending champions. Today, these Championships are almost as exciting and fierce competition as (senior) World Figure Skating Championships. “
Paliković also added that:
“Russian Federation is sending defending champion Alexandra Trusova and winner of European Youth Olympic Winter Festival, Anna Shcherbakova. (…)
In Mens competition, winner of the Grand Prix Final Stephen Gogolev from Canada will be challenging defending champion Alexei Erokhov of Russia, while Italian Daniel Grassl is also in great shape. (…)
We are immensely proud of our competitors, Hana and Charles Henry. For many years, Croatia did not have representatives at Junior World Championships and for me, this is the sign of the rise of figure skating in Croatia.
Coach Ivana Jakupčević Marinković:
“We begun the season with Junior Grand Prix competitions with both Cvijanovic and Katanović and both have shown progress with their programs. For the past few weeks, Cvijanović was training in Russia and Charles Henry in France. They are both well prepared and what we expect from them are well skated short programs, results are up for the judges.”
Tickets for the event are available at Dom Sportova ticket shop as well as online via this link.
The schedule is available at this link.