Young U.S. Skaters in Slovenia for 2005 Triglav Trophy
(4/13/05) — The 2004-05 U.S. Figure Skating international season comes to a close this weekend as 10 U.S. athletes compete one last time under the 6.0 judging system. All 2005-06 ISU events are required to use the new ISU judging system. The U.S. skaters are in Jesenice, Slovenia, competing April 14-17 at the 2005 Triglav Trophy.
At the 2004 event the U.S. Team won four gold medals, one silver and two bronze, an impressive feat the 2005 team will aim to equal or better. Former Triglav Trophy champions include 2004 U.S. Collegiate champion Alissa Czisny (2001, junior, 1st), 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships fifth-place finisher Beatrisa Liang (2000, novice, 1st) and 2005 World bronze medalist Evan Lysacek (2002, junior, 1st).
Competing in novice ladies is 2005 U.S. novice champion Rachael Flatt. At just 12 years old Flatt won the novice title, and the Triglav Trophy marks her first major international competition. Two 14-year-olds will compete as junior ladies in Slovenia — 2005 U.S. novice silver medalist Megan Hyatt and 2005 U.S. novice bronze medalist Katrina Hacker.
Eliot Halverson will compete in novice men. The 14-year-old finished fourth as a novice at the 2005 U.S. Championships and is the 2004 U.S. intermediate champion. The junior men competition will feature Adam Rippon, 15, and William Brewster, 15. Rippon finished second in the novice division at the 2005 U.S. Championships, while Brewster took third. Brewster is also the 2002 U.S. juvenile champion and 2003 U.S. intermediate champion. All three U.S. men enter their first major international competition this week.
Two strong U.S. pairs teams will compete both as juniors and internationally for the first time. Claire Davis, 14, and Nathan Miller, 16, are the 2005 U.S. novice champions. Bianca Butler, 15, and Joseph Jacobsen, 18, are the 2005 U.S. novice silver medalists.
The event kicks off Thursday, April 14, with the novice men, novice ladies and junior ladies short program.
Rachael Flatt (Broadmoor SC)
Megan Hyatt (Wagon Wheel FSC)
Katrina Hacker (Rye FSC)
Eliot Halverson (St. Paul FSC)
William Brewster (Detroit SC)
Adam Rippon (University of Delaware FSC)
Bianca Butler (All Year FSC) & Joseph Jacobsen (All Year FSC)
Claire Davis (Colorado SC) & Nathan Miller (Broadmoor SC)