Eighteen Athletes to Represent Team USA at Two International Events this Week

(9/24/13) - The 2013 international figure skating season continues this week with the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (JGP) Series and Nebelhorn Trophy.

JGP Belarus is set for Sept. 25-29, in Minsk, Belarus, while Nebelhorn Trophy will take place Sept. 25-28, in Oberstdorf, Germany. Twelve athletes will represent Team USA in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dance in Belarus, while six athletes will compete in all four disciplines in Oberstdorf.

Nebelhorn Trophy, held annually since 1969, will serve as the final event at which countries can qualify for one spot (per discipline) at the Olympic Games if they have not already done so. Countries that have qualified for spots at the Olympics cannot qualify for more spots at this event. A total of six spots in singles and ice dance and four spots in pairs will earn Olympic qualification at the event. The finishes of American athletes will not impact qualification for the Olympics in any way.

Icenetwork will provide event coverage from both events, and will stream live and on-demand coverage of the last two groups in each discipline from Nebelhorn Trophy to Season Pass subscribers.

NEBELHORN TROPHY
LADIES
Ashley Cain will make her senior international debut in Germany after having competed on the JGP circuit for the last two seasons.

MEN
Like Cain, Jason Brown will also compete on the senior international level for the first time. Brown is the reigning World Junior silver medalist and has competed at the last two JGP Finals.

PAIRS
Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker make international debut after teaming up in the spring. Last season, Davis competed in pairs with Mark Ladwig, finishing fourth at the U.S. Championships. Brubaker, who is a two-time U.S. champion with partner former Keauna McLaughlin, did not compete last season.

ICE DANCE
Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue have enjoyed top-four finishes at the last two U.S. Championships. They made their international debut at this event in 2011 and won the gold medal.

JGP BELARUS
LADIES
Polina Edmunds, the reigning U.S. junior champion, will skate for her second gold medal of the season having already won JPG Mexico. Barbie Long competed at JGP Slovakia and placed fifth.

MEN
Nathan Chen also won his first gold medal of the season at JGP Mexico. He is the 2013 U.S. junior bronze medalist. Spencer Howe, the 2012 U.S. novice bronze medalist, will make his international debut in Minsk.

PAIRS
Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage are the 2013 U.S. junior bronze medalists. They have competed on the JGP series for two seasons and won bronze at 2012 JGP United States. Christina Zaitsev and Ernie Utah Stevens began their season at the season-opening JGP Latvia.

ICE DANCE
Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter already have a silver medal this season after finishing second at JGP Latvia. Tory Patsis and Joseph Johnson won silver as novices at the 2013 U.S. Championships and will skate internationally for the first time.

Now in its 17th season, the JGP Series consists of seven international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the seven scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of five designated events). The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 5-8, in Fukuoka, Japan.

The 2013 Junior Grand Prix Series consists of the remaining events:
JGP Czech Republic: Ostrava, Czech Republic - Oct. 2-6 (includes pairs)
JGP Estonia: Tallinn, Estonia - Oct. 9-13 (includes pairs)
JGP Final: Fukuoka, Japan - Dec. 5-8 (includes pairs)

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2013 NEBELHORN TROPHY

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Ashley Cain

Coppell, Texas

Euless, Texas

Men

Jason Brown

Highland Park, Ill.

Monument, Colo.

Pairs

Lindsay Davis
Rockne Brubaker

Beaumont, Calif.
Chicago

Canton, Mich.

Ice Dance

Madison Hubbell
Zach Donohue

Okemos, Mich.
Madison, Conn.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2013 JGP BELARUS

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Polina Edmunds

San Jose, Calif.

San Jose, Calif.

Barbie Long

St. Louis

Springfield, Ill.

Men

Nathan Chen

Salt Lake City

Artesia, Calif.

Spencer Howe

Woodland Hills, Calif.

Burbank, Calif.

Pairs

Madeline Aaron
Max Settlage

Scottsdale, Ariz.
Flagstaff, Ariz.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Christina Zaitsev
Ernie Utah Stevens

Indianapolis
Louisville, Ky.

Carmel, Ind.

Ice Dance

Lorraine McNamara
Quinn Carpenter

Germantown, Md.
Wheaton, Md.

Rockville, Md.

Tory Patsis
Joseph Johnson

Lake Bluff, Ill.
Fort Collins, Colo.

Colorado Springs, Colo.