The ladies and the mens short programs are complete at the opening ISU event of the season, the Junior Grand Prix of Courchevel.
The surprise of the ladies short program is home-country competitor Yretha Silete, who currently finds herself in first place with 48.67 points. Silete turns 16 tomorrow and has 6th and 10th place finishes from the Junior Grand Prix last season. Narrowly trailing her is Russian Polina Shelepen, with 48.11 points. Shelepen won both of her circuit events last season before earning the silver medal at the Final, and finished her season with a 4th placement at the World Junior Championships. American Nina Jiang is third but less than a point behind the leader, with 48.06 points. Teammate Rosa Sheleva, Anais Ventard of France, and Yasmin Siraj of the United States round out the top six. Turkish skater Sila Saygi, who I noted as one to watch this season, sits in 11th place.
Here's a video of Silete from the 2009 French Masters short program, skating to Pink Floyd. I can live with that. :-)
Canadian Andrei Rogozine won the mens short program with 64.52 points. Rogozine continues his success from last seasons 6th place World Junior Championship finish. Americans Max Aaron and Jason Brown are second and third, and Aaron is off the lead by just 0.21 of a point. Thomas Sosniak of France sits fourth, and Noah Scherer of Switzerland is fifth.
Articles, photos, and videos are yet to surface, but here are the full results lists. The competition continues tomorrow with the first ever ISU short dance and the ladies free skate.