Eighteen U.S. Athletes to Compete at Two International Events this Week

 

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sept. 20, 2011) – The United States will send six skaters to JGP Romania, the fourth event of the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series in Brasov, Romania, while 12 skaters will compete at Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany.

JGP Romania begins on Thursday with men’s and ladies short programs. Nebelhorn Trophy also begins on Thursday with the short dance and the men’s and pairs short programs.

JGP Romania

Ladies

Competing in her second event of the season is Ashley Cain, the 2010 novice silver medalist. She began the season with a sixth-place showing at the JGP’s inaugural event in Latvia earlier this month. Cain is joined by 2011 U.S. junior pewter medalist McKinzie Daniels, who makes her international debut.

Men

Harrison Choate, who won the junior title at 2011 Gardena Spring Trophy, makes his JGP debut in Romania as does Shotaro Omori, who placed third as a junior at Gardena Spring Trophy.

Ice dancing

Reigning U.S novice bronze medalists Kaitlin Hawayek and Michael Bramante are the lone ice dancing team to represent Team USA in Romania. They make their international debuts in Brasov.

In addition Brasov, Romania, the Junior Grand Prix Series consists of the remaining events (*includes pairs):

  • JGP Austria: Innsbruck, Austria – Sept. 28-Oct. 2*
  • JGP Italy: Milan, Italy – Oct. 5-9
  • JGP Estonia: Tallinn, Estonia – Oct. 12-16*
  • JGP Final: Quebec City, Canada – Dec. 8-11*

Now in its 15th season, the JGP Series consists of seven 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 seven scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 8-11 in Quebec City, Quebec.

U.S. ENTRIES AT JGP ROMANIA

DISCIPLINE NAME HOMETOWN TRAINING TOWN
Ladies Ashley Cain Coppell, Texas Euless, Texas
McKinzie Daniels Springfield, Ill. Colorado Springs, Colo.
Men’s Harrison Choate Weston, Mass. Brighton, Mass.
Shotaro Omori La Mirada, Calif. Paramount, Calif.
Ice Dancing Kaitlin HawayekMichael Bramante East Aurora N.Y. Dover, Mass. Detroit, Mich.

Nebelhorn Trophy

Held annually, Nebelhorn Trophy is a senior-level competition for all four figure skating disciplines. The 2011 version is the first international senior competition of the season.

Ladies

2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu kicks off her season in Oberstdorf. She is joined by Joelle Forte, who is also assigned to 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America, the first event of the 2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Men

Max Aaron, the 2011 U.S. junior champion, leads the men’s contingent at Nebelhorn. He is joined by Stephen Carriere, who was forced to withdraw from the 2011 U.S. Championships due to injury.

Pairs

Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin, who placed sixth at the 2011 U.S. Championships, join the newly formed team of Caydee Denney and John Coughlin in Germany. Denney and Coughlin, who are both U.S. champions with previous partners, joined forces in May, making Nebelhorn Trophy their first international competition together.

Ice dancing

U.S. junior pewter medalists Anastasia Olson and Jordan Cowan make their international senior debuts after having competed last fall in the Junior Grand Prix. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who joined forces last spring, compete together for the first time internationally.

U.S. ENTRIES AT NEBELHORN TROPHY

DISCIPLINE NAME HOMETOWN TRAINING TOWN
Ladies Mirai Nagasu Arcadia, Calif. Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
Joelle Forte Merrick, N.Y. Bethpage, N.Y.
Men’s Max Aaron Scottsdale, Ariz. Colorado Springs, Colo.
Stephen Carriere Wakefield, Mass. Wilmington, Del.
Pairs Caydee Denney John Coughlin Wesley Chapel, Fla. Kansas City, Mo. Colorado Springs, Colo.
Tiffany ViseDon Baldwin Peoria, Ariz.Peoria, Ariz. Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ice Dancing Anastasia OlsonJordan Cowan Novi, Mich. Los Angeles Detroit
Madison Hubbell Zachary Donohue Toledo, OhioMadison, Conn. Detroit

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U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States
Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union.
U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 680 member clubs, collegiate clubs, and school-affiliated clubs and more than 1,000 registered Basic Skills skating schools representing approximately 180,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States  including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing
the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.