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. 

Figureskating World Titles

Pairs

  • Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini, Canada. Junior title: 1978. World title: 1984.
  • Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, USSR. Junior title: 1985. World title: 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990.

Ice Dance

  • Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, Russia. Junior title: 2003. World title: 2009.
  • Tessa Virtue and Scott moir, Canada. Junior title: 2006. World title: 2010, 2012.

Men

  • Viktor Petrenko, USSR. Junior title: 1984. World title: 1992.
  • Todd Eldredge, USA. Junior title: 1988. World title: 1996.
  • Alexei Yagudin, Russia. Junior title: 1996. World title: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002.
  • Evgeni Plushenko, Russia. Junior title: 1997. World title: 2001, 2003, 2004.
  • Daisuke Takahashi, Japan. Junior title: 2002. World title: 2010.
  • Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan. Junior title: 2010. World title: 2014.

Ladies

  • Elaine Zayak, USA. Junior title: 1979. World title: 1982.
  • Rosalynn Sumners, USA. Junior title: 1980. World title: 1983.
  • Kristi Yamaguchi, USA. Junior title: 1988. World title: 1991, 1992.
  • Yuka Sato, Japan. Junior title: 1990. World title: 1994.
  • Michelle Kwan, USA. Junior title: 1994. World title: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003.
  • Irina Slutskaya, Russia. Junior title: 1995. World title: 2002, 2005.
  • Miki Ando, Japan. Junior title: 2004. World title: 2007, 2011.
  • Mao Asada, Japan. Junior title: 2005. World title: 2008, 2010, 2014.
  • Yuna Kim, South Korea. Junior title: 2006. World title: 2009, 2013.

Credits

  • Source: Pj Kwong
  • Jason Boychuk/CBC