2016 KOSE Team Challenge Cup Announces Team North America

(2/29/16) - 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup announced today the athletes that will represent Team North America in the inaugural event set for April 22-24, 2016, in Spokane, Washington. Captained by 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi, Team North America includes nine Olympians and six World medalists.

Athletes from the United States and Canada were invited to participate in 2016 Team Challenge Cup based on the ISU’s World Standings as of Jan. 1, 2016.

"Team North America includes some of the best skaters in the world and I’m thrilled to captain this team in Spokane," Yamaguchi said. "With Team North America’s depth in each discipline I am confident that we will be a strong contender for the Team Challenge Cup title and I can’t wait to face off against Team Europe and Team Asia."

Team Challenge Cup announced Team Europe, captained by Great Britain’s Christopher Dean, the 1984 Olympic ice dance champion, on March 2. Team Asia, including the team captain, will be introduced in Tokyo on March 9.

Fans will also have the opportunity to vote one lady and one man onto each team (North America, Europe and Asia) via the Captain’s Pick. Athletes who have qualified for the 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships are eligible to be nominated for the Captain’s Pick fan vote by their respective team captains. Fan voting will open on March 9 and continues through April 4 on www.TeamChallengeCup.com.

LADIES
Two-time U.S. champion Gracie Gold (USA) will compete at her fourth World Championships next month. Gold placed fourth at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and won Olympic bronze in the team event. Gabrielle Daleman (CAN) is a four-time Canadian medalist, having most recently won silver at the 2016 Canadian Championships.

MEN
Jason Brown (USA) is the 2015 U.S. champion and an Olympic bronze medalist in the team event. Brown won bronze at 2015 Skate America and silver at 2015 Ice Challenge. Due to a back strain, Brown did not compete at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Nam Nguyen (CAN) is the 2015 Canadian champion and 2014 World Junior champion. Before placing fourth at the 2016 Canadian Championships, Nguyen won silver at the Autumn Classic International and placed fifth at Skate Canada and seventh at Rostelecom Cup.

PAIRS
Reigning World champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (CAN) have won five consecutive Canadian titles and three World medals. The 2014 Olympians placed seventh overall and won silver in the Olympic team event. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim (USA) are the 2015 U.S. champions and won silver at the most recent U.S. Championships in January. Scimeca and Knierim, who won silver at 2016 Four Continents, qualified for the 2015 Grand Prix Final by virtue of a second-place finish at Skate America and third-place finish at NHK Trophy.

ICE DANCE
Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje (CAN) have won two straight Canadian titles. The 2014 Olympians and 2015 Grand Prix Final champions are the 2015 World and 2016 Four Continents bronze medalists. Madison Chock and Evan Bates (USA) are the reigning World silver medalists. The 2015 U.S. champions and two-time U.S. silver medalists most recently won silver at the 2016 Four Continents Championships.

Team Challenge Cup will feature two days of competition. Friday’s Singles Competition will feature the ladies and men competing for more than $100,000 in prize money in the Singles Competition. Saturday’s Team Competition (all disciplines) will feature an aggregate scoring format to determine the 2016 Team Challenge Cup champion and features a prize purse of over $500,000.

Team Challenge Cup will air domestically on CBS from 1-3 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 24. The entire event will be streamed live on icenetwork.

All-event ticket packages and single-session tickets, starting at $25, remain available for this inaugural event at all TicketsWest outlets, charge by phone at 800-325-SEAT, online at www.teamchallengecup.com or with no ticketing fees at the Spokane Arena box office. For more ticketing information and event details, visit www.teamchallengecup.com.

2016 KOSÉ TEAM CHALLENGE CUP – TEAM NORTH AMERICA

 

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

WORLD STANDING
(as of Jan. 1, 2016)

Ladies

Gracie Gold

Hermosa Beach, California

El Segundo, California

4

Gabrielle Daleman

Newmarket, Ontario

Toronto

17

Men

Jason Brown

Highland Park, Illinois

Monument, Colorado

6

Nam Nguyen

Toronto

Toronto

11

Pairs

Meagan Duhamel
Eric Radford

Lively, Ontario
Balmertown, Ontario

Montreal

1

Alexa Scimeca
Chris Knierim

Addison, Illinois
San Diego

Colorado Springs, Colorado

3

Ice dance

Kaitlyn Weaver
Andrew Poje

Kitchener, Ontario

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

1

Madison Chock
Evan Bates

Redondo Beach, California
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Novi, Michigan

2


– Team Challenge Cup –
Team Challenge Cup (#TeamChallengeCup) is an ISU-sanctioned three-day event that will feature 42 of the top figure skaters in the world competing in a continental team competition (Team North America vs. Team Europe vs. Team Asia). Made possible through the cooperative efforts of U.S. Figure Skating and Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment, the inaugural event will take place April 22-24, 2016, at Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington, USA.

– KOSÉ –
Kozaburo Kobayashi, who founded KOSÉ in 1946, poured his limitless passion into making cosmetics that give people dreams and hope. Even during the post-war period of shortages, Mr. Kobayashi committed KOSÉ to making quality products that truly exceeded the expectations of each customer. This spirit remains alive in all facets of our business today, from research and development to manufacturing, from customer-oriented consultative sales to distribution, to our unique brand marketing system that satisfies the various values of each customer. We believe it is this spirit that gives KOSÉ the strength and drives it to do more.

– U.S. Figure Skating –
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 680 member clubs, collegiate clubs, school-affiliated clubs and more than 950 registered Basic Skills skating schools representing more than 170,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.

– Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment –
Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment LLC (VWSE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Wagner Group LLC, is one of the preeminent sports marketing and media sales organizations in the world. It is an acknowledged innovator in property consulting and branding solutions and a global leader in naming rights, team and venue services, high-impact visible TV signage throughout the MLB, NBA, NCAA, MLS, and internationally in soccer, advertising and sponsorships sales, premium ticketing, technology design and integration, and in-venue content production. VWSE assists teams, organizations and properties in creating and selling advertising; sponsorships; and media that maximize revenue potential, and helps clients develop effective and powerful customized brand campaigns. VWSE works with more than 300 professional and college teams worldwide.