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Figure Skating - 26. September 2007.

JUNIOR GRAND PRIX EVENT THIS WEEKEND IN ZAGREB, CROATIA


U.S. SKATERS COMPETING AT NEBELHORN TROPHY

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sept. 25, 2007)

Eight athletes will represent the United States at the event in three disciplines: ladies, men’s and ice dancing. (No pairs competition is being held at JGP Croatia; pairs is being skated at only four of the eight JGP events this season.). The U.S. team hails from six states: California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey and Virginia.

The JGP Series, now in its 11th season, consists of eight 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 eight scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top eight point-earners in each of the disciplines qualify for the JGP Final in Gdansk, Poland, Dec. 6-9.

U.S. skaters continued their winning ways last weekend in Estonia, where they picked up two more medals, bringing their total in the JGP Series to 14. Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein won the gold in ice dancing while Blake Rosenthal took the silver in the ladies.

LADIES

Croatia is the second JGP event this season for Mirai Nagasu and Alexe Gilles. Both medaled at their first event, in Lake Placid, N.Y., with Nagasu taking gold and Gilles winning silver. Nagasu is the 2007 U.S. champion and the 2007 World Junior silver medalist. Gilles finished fifth in the junior division at the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

ICE DANCING

Anastasia Cannuscio and Dean Copely are appearing in their first JGP event. Their 2006 season included an appearance at the 2007 U.S. Championships, where they earned the silver in the novice division. They are joined by Rachel Tibbetts and Collin Brubaker, who finished fifth in their first JGP appearance in Romania.

U.S. ENTRIES AT JGP CROATIA

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Alexe Gilles

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mirai Nagasu

Arcadia, Calif.

Pasadena and Burbank, Calif.


     
     

Ice Dancing

Anastasia Cannuscio

Dean Copely

Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Newark, Del.

Newark, Del.

Rachel Tibbetts

Collin Brubaker

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Chicago, Ill.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

In addition to Zagreb, Croatia, the Junior Grand Prix consists of the following events:

  • JGP Bulgaria: Sofia, Bulgaria – Oct. 4-7
  • JGP Germany: Chemnitz, Germany – Oct. 11-14
  • JGP Great Britain: Sheffield, Great Britain – Oct. 18-21
  • JGP Final: Gdansk, Poland – Dec. 6-9

This weekend marks the 39th Nebelhorn Trophy, taking place in Oberstdorf, Germany, Sept. 27-29. Twelve U.S. skaters will compete in the second senior-level international event of the season. The event, which will be held at the Eislaufzentrum/BLZ Obertsdorf ice rink, begins Thursday with the compulsory dance, men’s short program and pairs short program.

LADIES

Megan Williams-Stewart and Danielle Kahle are making their first appearance at the Nebelhorn Trophy. Kahle finished sixth at the 2007 U.S. Championships, where Williams-Stewart placed 13th. Williams-Stewart also won gold at the 2007 Ondrej Nepela Memorial.

PAIRS

This will be the first appearance at the Nebelhorn Trophy for Tiffany Vise & Derek Trent. The pair, which has been skating competitively since 2003, took fifth at both the 2007 U.S. Championships and 2006 Skate America. Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig are back for their second Nebelhorn Trophy appearance; they finished fifth in 2004.

ICE DANCING

Jennifer Wester & Daniil Barantsev began skating together in 2003. They have placed sixth and seventh at the last two U.S. Championships. Like Wester and Barantsev, Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt are competing at their first Nebelhorn Trophy. This is the first senior-level competition for the pair, which placed 11th at the 2007 World Junior Championships.

The Nebelhorn Trophy began in Germany in 1969. Since then, U.S. skaters have won 48 gold medals across all four disciplines. At the 2006 event, the pairs team of Brooke Castile & Ben Okolski won the gold medal, Parker Pennington brought home silver for the men and Katy Taylor secured bronze for the ladies.

– U.S. Figure Skating –

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