ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating is finally to be held in Lithuania
For the first time in history of Lithuanian Figure Skating ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating will be held in Lithuania. On 6-8th of September in Kaunas Žalgiris arena, the Grand Prix event „Amber Cup“ organized by Lithuanian Skating Federation will gather more than 100 skaters from all over the world. 33 member federations have already sent their preliminary entries. „This is a huge accomplishment for such a small country as Lithuania. We dreamed about this kind of event in Lithuania since the times when Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas had been making Lithuania known with their unforgettable performances on the ice. This event is an opportunity for the Lithuanian Skating Federation to demonstrate to the International Skating Union (ISU) that we are capable of hosting the European Figure Skating Championships in 2022“, - says the President of Lithuanian Skating Federation Lilija Vanagienė, a press release from the federation states.
Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas – the most famous Lithuanian Ice Dance couple – have become the ambassadors of the Junior Grand Prix „Amber Cup" in Lithuania. The most favorite Lithuanian skaters of all times are very happy and proud about their new title and promise an interesting event not only for the spectators, but also for the participants. According to Povilas, „Only the best skaters come to these events as the number of participants is strictly regulated by the International Skating Union. That's why the Grand Prix series serve as mini World Championships to every skater. When a skater is invited to take part at the Grand Prix for the first time it is a very important step forward for the athlete's career.
P. Vanagas says that he and Margarita have always dreamt of the Grand Prix events taking place in France, Canada or USA. These are the countries where the audience is especially warm and welcoming towards the skaters. However, Povilas has no doubt that after the Grand Prix in Lithuania, everyone will be willing to come back here: „We, Lithuanians, will welcome every skater with huge ovations and will turn this event into a celebration not only for ourselves as spectators, but for the skaters by strongly supporting them."
Lilija Vanagienė - the president of Lithuanian Skating Federation refers to this event as a dream come true since the times of Margarita and Povilas: „The International Skating Union's right to host one of the most important figure skating events in Lithuania is not only very joyful but at the same time responsible federation's task, which will hopefully serve as an advantage for hosting the 2022 European figure skating Championships in Kaunas."
According to L. Vanagienė, the European Championships of 2022 will be exceptional because it will be the strongest one in the 4 years Olympic cycle. It would be the last event, the last test for athletes before the 2022 Winter Olympic Games; therefore not only the attention of all Europe, but the whole world would be pointed to Lithuania. Moreover, the European Championships of 2022 would be special for Lithuanian Ice Dance couple Allison Reed and Saulius Ambrulevičius who are the main candidates to participate in 2022 Winter Olympic Games. „Skating on home ice with the support of largely Lithuanian audience is way more motivating and encouraging", - says L. Vanagienė.
On the 6th of September the figure skating event taking place in Lithuania for the first time is promised to be an unforgettable one, where incredible spins, jumps, speed, dance elements and magical music will be connected to create ambitious and unforgettable performances.