Eight U.S. Athletes to Compete at 2012 ISU World Team Trophy in Tokyo

2012 ISU World Team Tophy competition notes (PDF)

Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned the silver medal at the 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships (photo by Renee Felton)
(4/17/12) - Eight U.S. athletes will compete at the 2012 ISU World Team Trophy from April 19-22 in Tokyo. World Team Trophy features the six best figure skating teams of the 2011-12 season, including Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Teams consist of two ladies, two men, one pair and one ice dancing couple. Each skater/couple will compete with a short program/short dance and free skate/free dance. In each discipline, the top ranked skater(s) earns 12 points, the second ranked skater/couple receives 11 points and so on. The last ranked single skater gets one point, the last pair/ice dance couple gets 7 points. These points are added together to determine the winning team.

LADIES
Ashley Wagner finished fourth at the 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships last month in Nice, France. She won her first U.S. title at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., in late January and claimed gold at the 2012 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships two weeks later. Gracie Gold, the 2012 U.S. junior champion and World Junior silver medalist, will make her senior debut in Tokyo.

MEN'S
Jeremy Abbott and Adam Rippon competed at the World Championships. Abbott, the 2012 U.S. champion, competed at the 2009 World Team Trophy. Rippon is the 2012 U.S. silver medalist.

PAIRS
Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. champions, finished eighth at the World Championships after earning the silver medal at the Four Continents Championships. Denney competed at 2009 World Team Trophy with former partner Jeremy Barrett.

ICE DANCING
Meryl Davis and Charlie White won their third consecutive World medal, silver, in Nice. They are four-time reigning U.S. champions.

Team USA qualified for World Team Trophy based on skaters' results at the 2012 ISU World and World Junior Figure Skating Championships, the ISU Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series and Final, the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and the ISU World Rankings. Teams will compete for a total of $1 million USD in prize money.

The U.S. won the inaugural World Team Trophy in 2009. This event was scheduled for last April in Japan, but was postponed following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. A modified version of World Team Trophy has been added to the schedule for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Icenetwork.com will feature news, photos and blogs from the event, while a free live stream of the event will be provided on the ISU Skating Channel.

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2012 WORLD TEAM TROPHY

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Gracie Gold

Springfield, Ill.

Chicago

Ashley Wagner

Alexandria, Va.

Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Men's

Jeremy Abbott

Aspen, Colo.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Adam Rippon

Clarks Summit, Pa.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Pairs

Caydee Denney
John Coughlin

Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Kansas City, Mo.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ice Dancing

Meryl Davis
Charlie White

West Bloomfield, Mich.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Canton, Mich.

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