2012 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships this Week in East Lansing, Mich.

(12/9/11) - Over 300 athletes will compete at the 2012 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships Dec. 10-14, in East Lansing, Mich. The annual event crowns the U.S. champion in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing in the first two levels of the U.S. Figure Skating competitive structure, juvenile and intermediate. The remaining three levels, novice, junior and senior, will compete at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships Jan. 22-29 in San Jose, Calif.

Singles skaters qualified for the U.S. Junior Championships at one of the nine regional championships held throughout the country in October. Pairs and ice dancing teams qualified at one of three sectional competitions held in November.

The 2012 Junior Championships will be held at the Suburban Ice East Lansing. The facility features two NHL size rinks. Michigan State University's Munn Ice arena in East Lansing will host unofficial practices.

Qualifying rounds begin Sunday while competition will conclude with the final rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Icenetwork.com will provide complete coverage of the U.S. Junior Championships including live and on-demand video for Season Pass subscribers.

ICENETWORK.COM LIVE BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR 2012 U.S. JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Date

Time (Eastern Time)

Event

Tuesday, Dec. 13

10:00 a.m.

Intermediate pairs free skate

1:35 p.m.

Intermediate ladies short program

5:10 p.m.

Intermediate pattern dance

7:50 p.m.

Intermediate men's short program

Wednesday, Dec. 14

12:30 p.m.

Intermediate ladies free skate

3:10 p.m.

Intermediate men's free skate

5:50 p.m.

Intermediate free dance

The competition, formerly known as the U.S. Junior Olympic Figure Skating Championships, has served as a stepping stone for elite athletes who have enjoyed success at the senior level. Past champions of the event include 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and 2011 World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

Athletes to watch include the reigning juvenile champions in all four disciplines who will compete at the intermediate level. The 2011 juvenile girls champion Dalia Rivkin represents the North Jersey FSC; Tomoki Hiwatashi, the 2011 juvenile boys champion, is from the DuPage FSC; the 2011 juvenile pairs champions Ally Weber and Dmitry Artemov represent the Dallas FSC; and 2011 juvenile ice dancing champions Julia Biechler and Alexander Petrov are from the Hershey FSC.

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