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Junior Grand Prix continues in Great Britain

Thirteen U.S. skaters headed to Sheffield

Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton are competing in their second Junior Grand Prix event after placing sixth in France.
Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton are competing in their second Junior Grand Prix event after placing sixth in France. (Michelle Harvath)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(09/28/2010) - Colorado Springs, Colo. - The fifth event of the 2010 International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (JGP) Series takes place Sept. 29-Oct. 3 in Sheffield, Great Britain. The event will be held at iceSheffield beginning Thursday, Sept. 30 with the ladies, men's and pairs short programs. Official practice is Wednesday.

LADIES
The ladies competition features a pair of silver medalists from this fall's previous JGP events. Kristiene Gong earned the first international medal of her career with a second-place finish in Austria two weeks ago, while Yasmin Siraj, the reigning U.S. junior silver medalist, had an impressive international debut in the season's inaugural event in France, where she, too, came in second.

MEN
Joshua Farris looks to improve on his silver-medal finish in Romania, where he earned his first international medal in three tries. Farris set personal-best marks throughout the competition. Timothy Dolensky, a late addition to the roster, appears in his first international competition after most recently winning the bronze medal as a novice at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

PAIRS
Pairs will be contested at a JGP event for just the second time this season. Ashley Cain and Joshua Reagan, the 2010 U.S. novice champions, lead the U.S. contingent in Great Britain. Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton hope to medal after making their JGP debut last year in Lake Placid, N.Y., where they finished ninth. The duo finished just off the podium, in fourth, as novices at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Cassie Andrews and Timothy LeDuc will skate their first competition since announcing their partnership this past summer.

ICE DANCING
Lauri Bonacorsi and Travis Mager, the 2009 U.S. novice champions, have two JGP bronze medals to their credit -- one in Romania earlier this season and the other last season at JGP United States. Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, the 2010 U.S. novice champions, compete in their second JGP event after placing sixth in France.

In addition to Sheffield, Great Britain, the Junior Grand Prix Series consists of the remaining events (*includes pairs):
JGP Germany: Dresden, Germany - Oct. 6-10*
JGP Czech Republic: Ostrava, Czech Republic - Oct. 13-17*
JGP Final: Beijing, China - Dec. 9-12*

Now in its 14th season, the JGP Series consists of seven international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 400 athletes representing more than 35 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the seven scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top eight point-earners in each discipline qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 9-12 in Beijing, China.