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U.S. lineup announced for 2009 ISU GP Series

World champion Lysacek joins Cohen at Skate America in November

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(05/30/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The International Skating Union and U.S. Figure Skating announced Saturday the skater selections for the 2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which will begin Oct. 15-18 with Trophée Eric Bompard Cachemire in Paris, France. The Grand Prix Series, which enters its 15th season, incorporates six prestigious international figure skating competitions in a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters.

Skate America
Skate America, which historically is the first competition in the ISU Grand Prix Series, occurs later in the calendar this year, as the fifth of six events. This year's Skate America will take place Nov. 12-15 at the 1980 Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. This marks the sixth time the state of New York has hosted the event and the fourth time it has been held in Lake Placid (1979, 1981-82).

Skate America will welcome 18 top U.S. athletes, in addition to its international field. Those Americans competing in Lake Placid include world champion Evan Lysacek, 2006 Olympic ice dancing silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto and 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen.

For the complete list of international skaters competing at 2009 Skate America, go here. The U.S. athletes competing at Skate America are as follows:

Skate America — Lake Placid, N.Y. — Nov. 12-15
Ladies Men Pairs Ice Dancing
Sasha Cohen Ryan Bradley Keauna McLaughlin
Rockne Brubaker
Tanith Belbin
Ben Agosto
Rachael Flatt Evan Lysacek TBD Madison Chock
Greg Zuerlein
TBA Brandon Mroz TBD Kimberly Navarro
Brent Bommentre

At the conclusion of the six events, athletes' points are totaled, and the top six ladies, men, pairs and ice dancing teams are invited to compete at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. This year the Grand Prix Final will be held Dec. 3-6 in Tokyo, Japan.

The complete list of skater selections for the 2009 Grand Prix Series is available here. The list of U.S. skater selections for the remaining Grand Prix Series events is below. Skaters are subject to change.

Trophee Eric Bompard Cachemire — Paris, France — Oct. 15-18
Ladies Men Pairs Ice Dancing
Sasha Cohen Ryan Bradley Marissa Castelli
Simon Shnapir
Madison Hubbell
Keiffer Hubbell
Alexe Gilles Adam Rippon Kimberly Navarro
Brent Bommentre
Caroline Zhang Emily Samuelson
Evan Bates

Rostelecom Cup — Moscow, Russia — Oct. 22-25
Ladies Men Pairs Ice Dancing
Alissa Czisny Brandon Mroz Keauna McLaughlin
Rockne Brubaker
Meryl Davis
Charlie White
Kimmie Meissner Johnny Weir
Ashley Wagner

Cup of China — Beijing, China — Oct. 29-Nov. 1
Ladies Men Pairs Ice Dancing
Rachael Flatt Stephen Carriere Amanda Evora
Mark Ladwig
Tanith Belbin
Ben Agosto
Bebe Liang Evan Lysacek Madison Chock
Greg Zuerlein
Mirai Nagasu Armin Mahbanoozadeh

NHK Trophy — Nagano, Japan — Nov. 5-8
Ladies Men Pairs Ice Dancing
Becky Bereswill Jeremy Abbott Caydee Denney
Jeremy Barrett
Meryl Davis
Charlie White
Kimmie Meissner Adam Rippon Rena Inoue
John Baldwin
Jane Summersett
Todd Gilles
Ashley Wagner Johnny Weir

Skate Canada — Kitchener, Canada — Nov. 19-22
Ladies Men Pairs Ice Dancing
Alissa Czisny Jeremy Abbott Caydee Denney
Jeremy Barrett
Madison Hubbell
Keiffer Hubbell
Mirai Nagasu Stephen Carriere Caitlin Yankowskas
John Coughlin
Emily Samuelson
Evan Bates
Caroline Zhang Armin Mahbanoozadeh