The fifth event of the 2008 International Skating Union Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Series will take place Sept. 25-28 in Madrid, Spain. The event, which will be held at the Dreams Center, known as Palacio de Hielo de Madrid, begins Thursday with the ladies and men's short programs.
One hundred and twelve athletes from 42 countries will compete in Spain in three disciplines: ladies, men's and ice dancing. Pairs will not be skated, as only four of the eight JGP events will include a pairs competition.
The JGP Series, now in its 12th season, consists of eight international events in a cumulative, point-scoring format. Approximately 400 athletes representing more than 35 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the eight scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top eight point-earners in each of the disciplines qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final, Dec. 11-14, in Seoul, South Korea.