At the 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Saturday, the evening belonged to 15-year-old Rachael Flatt, who placed second at this year's U.S. senior Nationals. Rachael, in third place after the short program, won the free skate and the world junior title. This was also Rachael's first Junior Worlds, and with her success here and at Nationals, I'm guessing she's done skating under the radar. She will make her international senior debut next season. Go Rachael!!!
Reigning world junior champion Caroline Zhang from the U.S., second after the short, remained second, and U.S. senior ladies champion Mirai Nagasu, first after the short, placed third. Although she skated near perfect in the short program, Mirai struggled during her free skate with her two Lutz jumps and flip jump, and even lost hold of her blade at the end of the layback spin. Mirai later explained that she let her nerves take control, rather than her taking control of her nerves. Jenni Vähämaa of Finland placed fourth, Yuki Nishino of Japan placed fifth, and Alena Leonova of Russia placed sixth.
56 ladies competed at Junior Worlds, and 25 made it to the finals. The final standings for the 25 ladies are as follows: