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U.S. Athletes To Compete This Weekend In Three International Events
Twenty-seven skaters from the United States will compete in three international competitions this week. Fourteen athletes will head to the eighth event of the 2008 International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series in Sheffield, Great Britain, while seven U.S. skaters will compete at the Karl Schafer Memorial, Oct. 14-17 in Vienna, Austria, and six skaters will compete at the Coupe De Nice, Oct. 16-19 in Nice, France.
JGP GREAT BRITAIN
The JGP event, which will be held at Ice Sheffield, begins Thursday, Oct. 16 with the compulsory dance and men’s and ladies short programs. Official practice will take place Wednesday.
The JGP Series, now in its 12th 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 Junior Grand Prix Final Dec. 11-14 in Seoul, South Korea.