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Fifteen U.S. skaters compete at worlds in Torino

NBC Sports, Universal Sports and icenetwork.com team up to deliver unprecedented coverage of the 2010 Grand Prix Series.
NBC Sports, Universal Sports and icenetwork.com team up to deliver unprecedented coverage of the 2010 Grand Prix Series. (Getty Images)

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(03/22/2010) - TORINO, Italy -The United States will send 15 athletes to the 2010 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, March 22-28 in Torino, Italy. Among the American competitors at the Torino Palavela are 2010 Olympic ice dancing silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White and two-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott.

The competition will be broadcast on Universal Sports, which will feature live coverage of the top groups in each event with the exception of compulsory dance. The entire event will be streamed live on www.universalsports.com. Click HERE for TV schedule.

More than 200 athletes from at least 50 countries will compete for podium spots. For the full list of athletes competing at the event, visit www.isu.org.

LADIES
Reigning U.S. champion Rachael Flatt leads the U.S. ladies contingent. The 2008 World Junior champion finished fourth at the 2009 Cup of China and won silver at 2009 Cancer.Net Skate America. After capturing the U.S. title in January, Flatt was chosen to represent the United States at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she finished seventh. Flatt is joined by Olympic teammate and U.S. silver medalist Mirai Nagasu. This season, Nagasu finished fifth at the Cup of China and fourth at Skate Canada before placing an impressive fourth at the Olympics.

MEN
Abbott is looking for redemption after his ninth-place finish in Vancouver. In the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series in the fall, he won gold at Skate Canada and placed fifth at the NHK Trophy to qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, where he came in fourth. Adam Rippon joins the men's contingent, replacing 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek. Rippon's third-place finish at 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard was followed by a sixth-place finish at the 2009 NHK Trophy and a fifth-place finish at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash. Most recently, he won the title at the 2010 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Johnny Weir, the 2008 World bronze medalist, withdrew from the World Championships and was replaced by 2009 Skate America bronze medalist and 2010 U.S. pewter medalist Ryan Bradley.

PAIRS
Olympians Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig and Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett will represent the United States in pairs. Evora and Ladwig started the 2009-10 season with a seventh-place finish at the Cup of China and followed that with a fifth-place finish at Skate America. Their silver medal at the 2010 U.S. Championships earned them a berth to the Olympics, where they finished 10th. Denney and Barrett won the gold medal at the U.S. Championships and, with it, a spot on the Olympic team. This season the team finished fourth at the NHK Trophy, fifth at Skate Canada and 13th at the Olympic Games.

ICE DANCING
Newly crowned Olympic silver medalists Davis and White lead the U.S. ice dancers in Torino. During the 2009-10 season, the team won gold at the Nebelhorn Trophy, Rostelecom Cup and NHK Trophy. They are the 2009 Grand Prix Final champions and two-time U.S. champions (2009-10), and they will look to make their first World podium after last year's fourth-place finish. They are joined by Olympic teammates and 2009 U.S. silver medalists Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates, who finished fourth at Trophée Eric Bompard, fifth at Skate Canada and 11th at the Olympic Games. Five-time U.S. ice dancing champions Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto passed on competing at the World Championships, opening the door for two-time U.S. bronze medalists Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre. Navarro and Bommentre finished sixth this season at Trophée Eric Bompard, fifth at Skate America and fourth at the 2010 U.S. Championships.