A mosaic of memories from the Junior Grand Prix Final

Now that the juniors’ season is officially over, we’re bringing you some glimpses from Barcelona, last December. As you see for yourselves, this is not about the rankings or statistics of the 2015 Junior Grand Prix Final – but mostly about smiles, focus, reward, creating memories. It’s not an exhaustive photo-story either, but a mosaic, if you will, of this and that. Small pieces glued together, with the passion, enthusiasm for skating as the binder. Coincidentally (or not), most of the pictures are from the junior ladies’ event.

Japan’s Marin Honda (in the foreground) and Russia’s Polina Tsurkaya (in the background) during the 6-minute warm-up prior to the short program

Japan’s Marin Honda (in the foreground) and Russia’s Polina Tsurkaya (in the background) during the 6-minute warm-up prior to the short program

Russia’s Maria Sotskova during the 6-minute warm-up before SP; this season, Maria skated to “Black Magic Woman” by Carlos Santana

Russia’s Maria Sotskova during the 6-minute warm-up before SP; this season, Maria skated to “Black Magic Woman” by Carlos Santana

Marin Honda, in her dress resembling a flower: the 14-year-old Japanese skated this season to the wonderful “Violin Sonata no. 5” by Ludwig van Beethoven, also known as the “Frühlingssonate” (Spring Sonata)

Marin Honda, in her dress resembling a flower: the 14-year-old Japanese skated this season to the wonderful “Violin Sonata no. 5” by Ludwig van Beethoven, also known as the “Frühlingssonate” (Spring Sonata)

Top 3 ladies after the short program, posing for the photographers in the mixed zone: Marin Honda (third), Polina Tsurkaya (first), Alisa Fedichkina (second)

Top 3 ladies after the short program, posing for the photographers in the mixed zone: Marin Honda (third), Polina Tsurkaya (first), Alisa Fedichkina (second)

Top 3 pairs after the short program in Barcelona: Amina Atakhanova and Ilia Spiridonov (second), Ekaterina Borisova and Dmitry Sopot (first), Anna Dušková and Martin Bidař (third)

Top 3 pairs after the short program in Barcelona: Amina Atakhanova and Ilia Spiridonov (second), Ekaterina Borisova and Dmitry Sopot (first), Anna Dušková and Martin Bidař (third)

Who said mixed zone wasn’t funny?

Who said mixed zone wasn’t funny?

A focused  Dmitri Aliev during the 6-minute warm-up prior to the short program’ segment of the competition; this season, Dmitri skated to “Nothing the Same” by Gary Moore

A focused Dmitri Aliev during the 6-minute warm-up prior to the short program’ segment of the competition; this season, Dmitri skated to “Nothing the Same” by Gary Moore

Top 3 men after SP in the mixed zone: Russia’s Dmitri Aliev (second), USA’s Nathan Chen (first), Japan’s Sota Yamamoto (third)

Top 3 men after SP in the mixed zone: Russia’s Dmitri Aliev (second), USA’s Nathan Chen (first), Japan’s Sota Yamamoto (third)

Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter – and their wonderful edges during their free dance to “Carmen”; the Americans were crowned 2015 Junior Grand Prix Final champions

Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter – and their wonderful edges during their free dance to “Carmen”; the Americans were crowned 2015 Junior Grand Prix Final champions

Power, confidence, attitude: Lorraine and Quinn skating to “Carmen”

Power, confidence, attitude: Lorraine and Quinn skating to “Carmen”

...and a great set of twizzles in the warm-up

…and a great set of twizzles in the warm-up

Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd – and their free dance telling the story of the famous violinist Niccolò Paganini. The Russians finished the event in Barcelona on the second place – and Inside Skating talked to them on the last day of 2015 JGPF.

Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd – and their free dance telling the story of the famous violinist Niccolò Paganini. The Russians finished the event in Barcelona on the second place – and Inside Skating talked to them on the last day of 2015 JGPF.

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Dmitri Aliev finished the overall competition in Barcelona on the second place: for his long program, he chose to skate to music from “Notre-Dame de Paris” by Riccardo Cocciante

Dmitri Aliev finished the overall competition in Barcelona on the second place: for his long program, he chose to skate to music from “Notre-Dame de Paris” by Riccardo Cocciante

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A beautiful, serene Maria Sotskova during the press conference after the free skate; Maria won the silver medal in Barcelona, in the third Junior Grand Prix Final of her career

A beautiful, serene Maria Sotskova during the press conference after the free skate; Maria won the silver medal in Barcelona, in the third Junior Grand Prix Final of her career

The medalists of the ladies’ event in Barcelona, all smiles and laughter during the press conference; from left to right: Maria Sotskova (silver), Polina Tsurkaya (gold), Marin Honda (bronze)

The medalists of the ladies’ event in Barcelona, all smiles and laughter during the press conference; from left to right: Maria Sotskova (silver), Polina Tsurkaya (gold), Marin Honda (bronze)

The 14-year-old bronze medalist, Marin Honda, listening to the journalists' questions

The 14-year-old bronze medalist, Marin Honda, listening to the journalists’ questions

Marin, like a tiny, precious porcelain doll

Marin, like a tiny, precious porcelain doll

Ladies and gentlemen, these are your medalists: Maria, Polina, Marin

Ladies and gentlemen, these are your medalists: Maria, Polina, Marin

Marin Honda during the medals ceremony, as if she were embracing the audience and the red dot flags in the arena

Marin Honda during the medals ceremony, as if she were embracing the audience and the red dot flags in the arena

The ladies, showing off their shiny medals

The ladies, showing off their shiny medals

A smiling girl in the heart of the Japanese flag – what a season this has been for Marin Honda. Three months after this particular snapshot in Barcelona, she’ll be crowned the 2016 World Junior champion in Debrecen (Hungary)

A smiling girl in the heart of the Japanese flag – what a season this has been for Marin Honda. Three months after this particular snapshot in Barcelona, she’ll be crowned the 2016 World Junior champion in Debrecen (Hungary)

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