Press Conference Summary Report- Panorama hotel, Zagreb, Croatia – Monday, March 4th 2019

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.

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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.

Update – Golden Spin of Zagreb 2018, Day 1

Some  bad news.

All three Croatian junior representatives have withdrawn from the event. 

Katarina Kitarović has been dealing with a back injury for several months, but her coach Ivana Jakupčević Marinković has told Večernji list that she is sure this is not the end of season for Kitarović.

Hana Kosić has withdraw hours before short program. Unofficial sources say, Kosić is dealing with a knee injury.

Right before junior men’s long program, another Croatian representative Charles Henry Katanović has withdrawn from the event due to illness.

Hopefully  Katarina, Hana and Charles Henry all get better soon and are ready to compete at Junior World Championships that are taking place in Zagreb in March 2019.

Press conference, Dec 4th 2018

Some highlights from the press conference that took place yesterday, Dec 4th in Dom sportova arena.

There will be overall six skaters representing Croatia at the event.

Pairs

Lana Petranović i Antonio Souza Kordeiru

Ladies 

Hana Cvijanović

Patricija Skopančić

Junior Ladies 

Hana Kosić

Junior Men

Charles Henry Katanović

  • This shows a slight inconsistency with earlier reports and still current entries on the official website of the event.  As of 5th of Dec, junior lady, Katarina Kitarović is still listed on the entry list but was not mentioned as a competitor at the press conference or in the press release. The seventeen-year-old Kitarović is the daughter of President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović so it could be that this was done for privacy reasons. She has competed last year at the junior version of Golden spin and placed in solid 9th place, but according to her ISU biography, in 2018 she has only competed at Dragon trophy, Ljubljana, Slovenia in early February.
  • Croatian pair team was at the press conference and have shown off some of their elements. Petranović updated the press about their preparations that took place in Moscow and how the team has integrated a throw triple loop into their programs.
  • Press was also informed how Hana Cvijanović competed at Christmas Cup in Budapest the prior week and there she managed to achieve TES minimum for European Championships (that are taking place in Minsk, Belarus in January 2019).
  • Tickets can be purchased on online ticket shop or at Dom sportova arena, 20 kuna for a daily ticket, 50 kunas for the family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 kids). For the Gala, the tickets are 50 kunas each.
  • On Dec 6th the entry for the event will be free of charge, as it is Day of sports facility of the city of Zagreb.
  • Overall, there will be 175 competitors from 38 countries competing at the event.
  • Schedule of the event can be found here.