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Returning champs seek more gold in Slovenia

Aldridge and Eaton, Farris, Jin hope to capture second 2012 JGP titles in Bled

Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton can clinch a trip to the Junior Grand Prix Final for the second season in a row.
Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton can clinch a trip to the Junior Grand Prix Final for the second season in a row. (Daphne Backman)

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By Mimi Whetstone, special to icenetwork.com
(09/26/2012) - Americans Joshua Farris, and Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, and China's Boyang Jin all hope to capture their second titles of the 2012 Junior Grand Prix Series this week in Bled, Slovenia.

Ladies

American Courtney Hicks hopes to top the podium after finishing second at JGP Lake Placid earlier this month. Hicks returned to competition after suffering a season-ending injury at 2011 JGP Italy. Russia's Evgenia Gerasimova is gunning for her first JGP medal; she finished behind Hicks, in fourth place, in Lake Placid. Also contending for a spot on the podium are Hae Jin Kim of Korea, who finished fifth two weeks ago at JGP Austria; and Hicks' teammate Barbie Long, who will make her JGP debut after winning the junior ladies title at 2012 Gardena Spring Trophy in Selva Val Gardena, Italy.

Men

Jin and Farris will go head to head after winning their first JGP events in France and the United States, respectively. Farris won the free skate in Lake Placid by more than 22 points and the overall title by more than 36, while Jin finished almost 10 points ahead of his closest challenger in Courchevel. Also competing is Jin's teammate Han Yan, who won silver at the 2011 JGP Final; Japan's Keiji Tanaka, who finished behind Farris, in second place, at 2012 JGP Lake Placid; and Canada's Roman Sadovsky, who finished third behind Tanaka.

Ice dancing

Reigning world junior bronze medalists Aldridge and Eaton of the United States try for their second JGP gold of the season, after capturing the title in Lake Placid. Challenging Aldridge and Eaton are Russia's Anna Yanovskaia and Sergei Mozgov, who won silver at 2012 JGP Austria. Also hoping for a medal are Adreanne Poulin and Marc-Andre Servant of Canada, the bronze medalists in Lake Placid; and Daria Korotitskaia and Maksim Spodirev of Ukraine, who finished just off the podium, in fourth, at the event in France.