Nagasu leads U.S. charge at Four ContinentsEighteen Americans to compete for medals in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei
Eighteen U.S. athletes will compete at the 2014 Four Continents Figure Skating
Championships on Jan. 20-26, in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei. Competition begins Wednesday with the short dance and pairs and men's short programs.
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Mirai Nagasu is the 2014 U.S. bronze medalist. In her only other Four Continents appearance in 2011, she finished third. Samantha Cesario and Courtney Hicks make their senior-level International Skating Union (ISU) championships debuts in Taipei City. They finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships two weeks ago.
Joshua Farris, the reigning world junior champion, placed fourth at the U.S. championships. He will be joined in Taipei City by Adam Rippon, the
2010 Four Continents champion, and Richard Dornbush, who will make his third appearance at this event.
Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, the 2013 U.S. silver medalists, were set to make their Four Continents debut last season but withdrew due to injury. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, the 2013 world junior champions, and Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea, who will be making their ISU championships debut, complete the pairs roster.
Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue finished fifth in their only other Four Continents appearance in 2012. Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton,
who have medaled at the last two world junior championships, and Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt will make their Four
Continents debuts this week.
Now in its 16th year, the event is sanctioned by the ISU and features skaters from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.