Team USA sends 12 to Grand Prix Final, JGP FinalDavis and White, Wagner lead Americans in Fukuoka, Japan
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Grand Prix Final
Ashley Wagner, the two-time reigning U.S. champion, qualified for her second consecutive Grand Prix Final by way of her respective first- and second-place finishes at 2013 Trophée Bompard and 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America. Wagner won the silver medal at the 2012 Grand Prix Final.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who have won the last five U.S. titles, have won a record four straight Grand Prix Final titles. The reigning world champions were first at both Skate America and NHK Trophy.
Junior Grand Prix Final
By virtue of her gold medal wins at JGP Mexico and JGP Belarus, Polina Edmunds earned her spot at the Junior Grand Prix Final. Edmunds is the 2013 U.S. junior champion. Angela Wang accepted an invitation to the JGP Final as first alternate after her teammate Karen Chen withdrew due to injury. Wang was fourth at the 2012 JGP Final. This season, she placed second and fifth, respectively, at events in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Nathan Chen, like Edmunds, earned a pair of gold medals in Mexico and Belarus. Chen has medaled at the last four U.S. championships, including two titles at the novice level and one as a junior.
Team USA makes up half of the field in Fukuoka. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker won gold medals at JGP Poland and JGP Mexico. They are the current U.S. junior silver medalists. Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter finished right behind Hawayek and Baker at the 2013 U.S. Championships. Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons, who have competed on the JGP circuit since 2011, will also be on hand in Japan thanks to a pair of silver medal wins this fall.