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Junior Grand Prix Series moves south of the border

Chen, Edmunds highlight U.S. entries in Mexico City
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Polina Edmunds will make her JGP Series debut this week in Mexico City. -Jay Adeff

The 2013 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (JGP) Series continues Sept. 3-7, 2013, in Mexico City. The event, being held at Fun Central Cuautitlan, begins Thursday with the short dance and men's short program.

Eight athletes will represent the United States in ladies, men's and ice dance. Icenetwork will provide recaps and photos.


Both Americans will begin their JGP careers in Mexico City after standing on the U.S. junior podium in January. Polina Edmunds is the reigning U.S. junior titlist, and she will be joined in Mexico by 2013 U.S. junior silver medalist Mariah Bell.


Nathan Chen, the 2013 U.S. junior bronze medalist, will compete in his third JGP event. He started last season with a gold medal at 2012 JGP Austria before withdrawing after the short program at 2012 JGP Croatia due to injury. Tomoki Hiwatashi, who has won U.S. titles at the juvenile (2011), intermediate (2012) and novice (2013) levels, is set to compete internationally for the first time.


Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker begin their second season together. They earned silver medals last year at JGP Germany and at the junior level at the U.S. championships. The duo most recently finished seventh at the 2013 World Junior Championships. Chloe Rose Lewis and Logan Bye are the reigning U.S. novice champions and will compete internationally for the first time.