2016 KOSE Team Challenge Cup Announces Team Asia

(3/9/16) - 2016 KOSE Team Challenge Cup announced today the first eight athletes who will represent Team Asia in the inaugural event set for April 22-24, 2016, in Spokane, Washington. Captained by 2006 Olympic champion Shizuka Arakawa, Team Asia includes Olympic and World medalists.

Athletes representing China, Japan, Kazakhstan and Korea have confirmed participation in 2016 Team Challenge Cup, with invitations based on the ISU’s World Standings as of Jan. 1, 2016. Team North America and Team Europe were announced last week.

"I am greatly honored for being able to serve as a Team Captain of Asia in this very first event," Arakawa said. "The skaters' delicate thus powerful performances shall lead Team Asia to victory. I will truly be looking forward to performances filled with high originality from each and every team." 

Arakawa is the 2006 Olympic champion. Her win marked the first time an Asian woman won the Olympic title, and, at 24 years old, Arakawa became the oldest ladies Olympic figure skating champion in more than 80 years. She currently skates professionally and is a producer for "Friends on Ice." In 2012, she became the youngest executive board member of the Japan Figure Skating Federation.

LADIES
Satoko Miyahara (JPN) is the 2015 World silver medalist and 2016 Four Continents champion. She won her second consecutive Japanese title in December. Elizabet Tursynbaeva (KAZ) most recently won the bronze medal at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games after her first Kazakhstani title.

MEN
Denis Ten (KAZ) is the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World medalist (bronze in 2015, silver in 2013). Shoma Uno (JPN) is the reigning World Junior champion and 2016 Japanese silver medalist. In his first senior international season, Uno won the 2015 Grand Prix Final bronze medal.

PAIRS
Wenjing Sui and Cong Han (CHN) are the 2015 World silver medalists, 2016 Four Continents champions and 2014 Grand Prix Final bronze medalists. Sumire Suto and Francis Boudreau-Audet (JPN) are the Japanese champions and will make their World Championships debut later this month in Boston.

ICE DANCE
Rebeka Kim and Kirill Minov (KOR) are the two-time reigning South Korean champions. Shiyue Wang and Xinyu Liu (CHN) have medaled at three straight Chinese Championships and won their first title this year.

Fans now have the opportunity to vote one lady and one man as the final team members on each team (North America, Europe and Asia) via the Captain’s Pick. Athletes who have qualified for and are entered to compete at the 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships have been nominated for the Captain’s Pick fan vote by their respective team captains. Fan voting is now open and will continue through 5 p.m. ET on April 4 on www.TeamChallengeCup.com. The top vote-getters from each continent will be invited to compete at Team Challenge Cup.

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 KOSE TEAM CHALLENGE CUP – TEAM ASIA

 

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

WORLD STANDING
(as of 1/1/16)

Ladies

Satoko Miyahara

Kyoto, Japan

Takatsuki, Japan

1

Elizabet Tursynbaeva

Toronto

Toronto

24

Men

Denis Ten

Almaty, Kazakhstan

El Segundo, California

3

Shoma Uno

Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya, Japan

7

Pairs

Wenjing Sui
Cong Han

Harbin, China
Harbin, China

Beijing

4

Sumire Suto
Francis Boudreau-Audet

Yokohama, Japan
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QuEbec

Montreal

67

Ice dance

Rebeka Kim
Kirill Minov

Moscow
Moscow

Moscow

19

Shiyue Wang
Xinyu Liu

Changchun, China

Changchun, China

22