U.S. to send 18 skaters to Nebelhorn, JGP BelarusHubbell, Donohue set for Germany; Edmunds, Chen headline Minsk entries
The 2013 international figure skating season continues this week with the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Series and Nebelhorn Trophy.
JGP Belarus is set for Sept. 25-29, in Minsk, Belarus, while Nebelhorn Trophy will take place Sept. 25-28, in Oberstdorf, Germany. Twelve athletes will represent Team USA in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dance in Belarus, while six athletes will compete in all four disciplines in Oberstdorf.
Nebelhorn Trophy, held annually since 1969, will serve as the final event at which countries can qualify for one spot (per discipline) at the Olympic Winter Games if they have not already done so. Countries that have qualified for spots at the Olympics cannot qualify for more spots at this event. A total of six spots in singles and ice dance and four spots in pairs will earn Olympic qualification at the event. The finishes of American athletes will not impact qualification for the Olympics in any way.
Icenetwork will provide event coverage from both events and will stream live and on-demand coverage of the last two groups in each discipline from Nebelhorn Trophy to Season Pass subscribers.
Ashley Cain will make her senior international debut in Oberstdorf after having competed on the JGP circuit for the last two seasons.
Like Cain, Jason Brown will also compete on the senior international level for the first time. Brown is the reigning world junior silver medalist and has competed at the last two JGP Finals.
Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker will make their international debut after teaming up in the spring. Last season, Davis competed in pairs with Mark Ladwig, finishing fourth at the U.S. championships. Brubaker, who is a two-time U.S. champion with former partner Keauna McLaughlin, did not compete last season.
Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue have enjoyed top-four finishes at the last two U.S. championships. They made their international debut at this event in 2011 and won the gold medal.
Polina Edmunds, the reigning U.S. junior champion, will skate for her second gold medal of the season, having already won JGP Mexico. Barbie Long competed at JGP Slovakia and placed fifth.
Nathan Chen also won his first gold medal of the season at JGP Mexico. He is the 2013 U.S. junior bronze medalist. Spencer Howe, the 2012 U.S. novice bronze medalist, will make his international debut in Minsk.
Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage are the 2013 U.S. junior bronze medalists. They have competed on the JGP series for two seasons and won bronze at 2012 JGP United States. Christina Zaitsev and Ernie Utah Stevens began their season at JGP Latvia.
Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter already have a silver medal this season after finishing second at JGP Latvia. Tory Patsis and Joseph Johnson won silver as novices at the 2013 U.S. Championships and will skate internationally for the first time.