Athlete Selections Announced for 2014 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series

(6/27/14) The International Skating Union (ISU) announced today athlete selections for the 2014 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which will begin Oct. 24-26 with 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America in Chicago. The field at Skate America will feature several members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team including Gracie Gold, Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown.

The Grand Prix Series, entering its 20th season, incorporates six international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters. At the conclusion of the series, athletes' points are totaled, and the top six ladies, men, pairs and ice dance teams are invited to compete at the 2014 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The Grand Prix Final is scheduled for Dec. 11-14 in Barcelona, Spain.

The complete list of athlete selections for the 2014 Grand Prix Series is available at www.isu.org. The lists of U.S. selections to all six Grand Prix events and international selections to Skate America are below. (Lineups are subject to change.)

TEAM USA ASSIGNMENTS FOR 2014 ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING SERIES

2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America - Chicago - Oct. 24-26
Ladies: Gracie Gold; Mirai Nagasu; TBA
Men's: Jeremy Abbott; Jason Brown; TBA
Pairs: Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier; Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim; TBA
Ice dance: Madison Chock & Evan Bates; Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani; TBA
(Deadline to confirm TBA entries in each discipline is Sept. 1)

Skate Canada International - Kelowna, British Columbia - Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Ladies: Courtney Hicks; Ashley Wagner
Men's: Max Aaron; Adam Rippon
Pairs: Felicia Zhang & Nathan Bartholomay
Ice dance: Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton; Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue

Cup of China - Shanghai - Nov. 7-9
Ladies: Ashley Cain*; Polina Edmunds*; Christina Gao
Men's: Richard Dornbush; Joshua Farris
Pairs: Tarah Kayne & Daniel O'Shea
Ice dance: Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani

Rostelecom Cup - Moscow - Nov. 14-16
Ladies: Vanessa Lam*; Mirai Nagasu; Angela Wang*
Men's: Max Aaron; Jason Brown; Stephen Carriere
Pairs: Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier; Tarah Kayne & Daniel O'Shea*; DeeDee Leng & Simon Shnapir*
Ice dance: Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton; Madison Chock & Evan Bates; Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker*

Trophee Eric Bompard - Bordeaux, France - Nov. 21-23
Ladies: Samantha Cesario; Courtney Hicks; Ashley Wagner
Men's: Richard Dornbush; Adam Rippon
Pairs: Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim
Ice dance: Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue

NHK Trophy - Osaka, Japan - Nov. 28-30
Ladies: Polina Edmunds; Christina Gao; Gracie Gold
Men's: Jeremy Abbott; Joshua Farris; Ross Miner
Pairs: DeeDee Leng & Simon Shnapir; Felicia Zhang & Nathan Bartholomay
Ice dance: Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker

*making Grand Prix Series debut

2014 SKATE AMERICA INTERNATIONAL SELECTIONS

Ladies: Brooklee Han (AUS); Mae-Berenice Meite (FRA); Elene Gedevanishvili (GEO); Haruka Imai (JPN); So Youn Park (KOR); Elena Radionova (RUS); Elizaveta Tuktamisheva (RUS); Joshi Helgesson (SWE); Natalia Popova (UKR)

Men's:
Jorik Hendrickx (BEL); Nam Nguyen (CAN); Chafik Besseghier (FRA); Alexei Bychenko (ISR); Tatsuki Machida (JPN); Denis Ten (KAZ); Michael Christian Martinez (PHI); Artur Gachinski (RUS); Adian Pitkeev (RUS)

Pairs:
Cheng Peng & Hao Zhang (CHN); Maylin Wende & Daniel Wende (GER); Stefania Berton & Ondrej Hotarek (ITA); Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov (RUS); Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov (RUS)

Ice dance:
Julia Zlobina & Alexei Sitnikov (AZE); Nicole Orford & Thomas Williams (CAN); Charlene Guignard & Marco Fabbri (ITA): Cathy Reed & Chris Reed (JPN); Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev (RUS)

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