United States Hosts 2019 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic this Week in Salt Lake City

(9/16/19) - The United States hosts the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic this week at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex in Salt Lake City, Sept. 17-22, 2019. The event is the third stop of the 2019 ISU Challenger Series. Eighteen Americans will compete on home ice for a spot on the podium.

The ladies field is led by 2019 World Junior bronze medalist Ting Cui. Cui is making her first appearance at the event in the lead up to her Grand Prix debut this November. Amber Glenn will also skate for Team USA in Salt Lake City. Glenn was recently awarded the final ladies spot at 2019 Skate America presented by American Cruise Lines.

In the men’s field, 2019 World bronze medalist Vincent Zhou will make his season debut. The 2019 U.S. silver medalist is returning to the event after finishing fourth last season. Joining Zhou is 2019 World Junior champion Tomoki Hiwatashi. The 2019-20 season marks his first senior international campaign as he makes his Grand Prix debut in November. Alex Krasnozhon and Jimmy Ma round out the U.S. men’s field in Salt Lake City. Krasnozhon finished fifth at the 2019 U.S. Championships, while Ma earned the bronze medal at the 2018 U.S. International Classic. Krasnozhon also claimed the final men’s spot at 2019 Skate America.

Four pairs teams will represent the United States this weekend in Salt Lake City. Reigning U.S. champions Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc will make their season debut at the event. Last season, the Texas-based duo won gold in Salt Lake City to kick off their season. Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea will return to the event for the first time since 2015 when the 2019 U.S. pewter medalists claimed the title. Returning for the second year in a row, Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov will look to return to the podium after claiming the silver medal at the event last fall. Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson will make their first appearance in Salt Lake City in the lead up to their Grand Prix debut as a team at 2019 Skate America.

In ice dance, 2019 Four Continents champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates lead the U.S. contingent. The two-time World medalists are returning to the event for their first time since 2012. Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko won the silver medal at the 2018 U.S. International Classic and return for the second consecutive year.

NBC Sports Gold will provide live coverage of the entire event through the Figure Skating Pass. The event will start with the pairs and men’s short programs on Thursday, Sept. 19. On Friday, Sept. 20, the ice dance and ladies competition will begin along with the conclusion of the pairs and men’s competition. The event will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 21 with the free dance and the ladies free skate. Official practices will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18 for men’s and pairs, and on Thursday, Sept. 19 for ladies and ice dance.

The ISU Challenger Series is a group of 10 senior-level international figure skating competitions held each year to help skaters prepare and qualify for ISU Championship events.

 

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2019 U.S. INTERNATIONAL FIGURE SKATING CLASSIC

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Ting Cui

Baltimore

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Amber Glenn

Plano, Texas

Euless, Texas

Men

Tomoki Hiwatashi

Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Alex Krasnozhon

St. Petersburg, Russia

Plano, Texas

Jimmy Ma

Great Neck, New York

Euless, Texas/Hackensack, New Jersey

Vincent Zhou

Palo Alto, California

Boston/Colorado Springs, Colorado/Kyoto, Japan

Pairs

Ashley Cain-Gribble
Timothy LeDuc

Coppell, Texas
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Euless, Texas

Jessica Calalang
Brian Johnson

Glenview, Illinois
Farmington Hills, Michigan

Irvine, California

Tarah Kayne
Danny O’Shea

Bradenton, Florida
Gurnee, Illinois

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Audrey Lu
Misha Mitrofanov

Frisco, Texas
Dallas

Plano, Texas

Ice Dance

Christina Carreira
Anthony Ponomarenko

Montreal
Northville, Michigan

Novi, Michigan

Madison Chock
Evan Bates

Novi, Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Montreal

 

2019 U.S. INTERNATIONAL FIGURE SKATING CLASSIC NBC SPORTS GOLD STREAMING SCHEDULE
(Eastern time; subject to change)

BROADCAST DATE

EVENT

TIME

Thursday, Sept. 19

Pairs Short Program

8:30 p.m.

Men’s Short Program

10 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20

Rhythm Dance

4:30 p.m.

Ladies Short Program

6:15 p.m.

Pairs Free Skate

8:35 p.m.

Men’s Free Skate

10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Free Dance

6:25 p.m.

Ladies Free Skate

8:15 p.m.