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Top international juniors head to Innsbruck

Sui, Han headline international competitors

Wenjing Sui and Cong Han are expected to be in the mix for the pairs gold in Austria.
Wenjing Sui and Cong Han are expected to be in the mix for the pairs gold in Austria. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(09/26/2011) - The International Skating Union's (ISU) Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (JGP) Series enters its fifth competition this week in Innsbruck, Austria, where a strong international contingent will compete for gold.

Ladies
Russia's Polina Agafonova, who won bronze at 2011 JGP Latvia, is a front runner for a medal in Austria. Also competing is JGP Australia bronze medalist Vanessa Lam of the United States. Miu Sato, who placed fourth at JGP Poland, is another skater within medal contention.

Men
Canada's Liam Firus will compete in Austria after placing third in Australia. Competing in his first event of the season is China's Han Yan. Yan had a strong showing on the 2010 Junior Grand Prix circuit, which culminated in a second place finish at the 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final. 2010 JGP Germany silver medalist and 2010 JGP Japan pewter medalist Gordei Gorshkov of Russia also competes in his first JGP of the season while 2011 JGP Latvia bronze medalist Timothy Dolensky rounds out the men's contingent.

Pairs
The competition in Innsbruck marks the second of the season for China's Wenjing Sui and Cong Han after having placed first at JGP Latvia. They are joined by Chinese teammates Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin, who placed second at JGP Latvia. Also competing are Ekaterina Petaikina and Maxim Kurduykov of Russia. The duo placed fourth in Latvia.

Ice Dancing
Canada's Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams compete in Austria after winning JGP Latvia earlier this fall. The 2011 JGP Poland champions Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin of Russia are also competing in Austria. American's Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, who placed third at the 2011 JGP Latvia, are another team within medal contention.