Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 27, 2008) – U.S. figure skaters will compete this week at the 2008 Gardena Spring Trophy in Selva Val Gardena, Italy. The event, which includes junior- and novice-level competition, begins Saturday, March 29 with the short program and concludes Sunday, March 30 with the free skate.
The events features 70 competitors from 16 countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Republic of South Africa, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
The U.S. Female skaters competing in this year’s event are Karen Zhou (senior) and Victoria Rackohn (junior), All skaters will be making their international debuts.
Rackohn earned a sixth-place finish in the junior division at this year’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Saint Paul, Minn. Making her U.S. Championships debut in Saint Paul, Zhou came in 16th.