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Junior champions don't often win world skating titles

The world junior figure championships began in 1976 in Megève, France, yet through the decades since the event’s inception, champions have had a difficult time translating that success at the senior level.

Only 2 Canadian teams are in this exclusive club

Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue, left and Scott Moir are on an exclusive list of skaters who won world titles at both the junior and senior levels. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The world junior figure championships began in 1976 in Megève, France, yet through the decades since the event's inception, champions have had a difficult time translating that success at the senior level.

In fact, only 19 skaters, including pairs and ice dance teams, have gone on to win world senior gold medals after capturing junior titles.

There are two Canadian teams on this exclusive list, one that is also dominated by three other countries.

As this week features the 40th anniversary of the junior competition, we offer the 19 champions below who fulfilled lofty expectations by completing this rare feat. 

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