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Nine athletes to represent Team USA in Paris

Last Grand Prix event before Final starts Nov. 26

Alissa Czisny will go for her second Grand Prix Series gold medal of the season.
Alissa Czisny will go for her second Grand Prix Series gold medal of the season. (Paul Harvath)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(11/24/2010) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Nine U.S. Figure Skating athletes will compete Nov. 26-28 at Trophée Eric Bompard, the final event in the 2010 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. The event, held at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy, begins Friday with the men's, pairs and ladies short programs, and the short dance. Official practice takes place Thursday.

The Grand Prix Series, now in its 16th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Beijing, Dec. 9-12. Athletes will compete for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series.

Icenetwork.com will provide live and on-demand coverage of Trophée Eric Bompard for Season Pass subscribers within the contiguous United States.

In addition, Universal Sports Network will provide same-day coverage of select events, and NBC Sports will show the ladies free skate Sunday, Nov. 28 from 2-4 p.m. EST. Please check with your cable provider regarding availability of Universal Sports in your area.

At last week's Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia, U.S. skaters captured a trio of bronze medals. Ashley Wagner, the 2010 U.S. bronze medalist and 2010 U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott finished third in the ladies and men's disciplines, respectively. Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig won their first career Grand Prix Series medal when they brought home the pairs bronze. Ice dancing siblings Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell were forced to withdraw from the competition, when Keiffer suffered a back injury.

LADIES
Alissa Czisny hopes to carry her momentum from Skate Canada, where she won gold, to Paris. This is the first appearance at Trophée Eric Bompard for the 2009 U.S. champion, who has earned five medals in the Grand Prix Series since her first appearance in 2004 (gold at 2005 Skate Canada, silver at 2005 Skate America, bronze at 2008 Skate Canada, silver at 2009 Skate Canada, gold at 2010 Skate Canada). Mirai Nagasu, the 2008 U.S. champion, finished just off the podium, in fourth, at the Cup of China earlier this season. The 2010 U.S. silver medalist, Nagasu finished fourth at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

MEN'S
Brandon Mroz is the sole U.S. men's competitor in Paris. The 2009 U.S. silver medalist won bronze at the Cup of China earlier this month, his first career medal in the Grand Prix Series.

PAIRS
Felicia Zhang and Taylor Toth make their second appearance on the Grand Prix Circuit this season. The 2010 U.S. junior champions finished seventh two weeks ago at Skate America in Portland, Ore.

ICE DANCING
Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein are the 2009 World Junior, U.S. junior and ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final champions. They won bronze in their Grand Prix debut earlier this season at Skate Canada. This is the second appearance on the 2010 Grand Prix circuit for Isabella Cannuscio and Ian Lorello. The team experienced success in the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series last season, winning two bronze medals (Turkey, Poland) and qualifying for the 2009 Junior Grand Prix Final. They placed 10th earlier this season in their Grand Prix debut at Cup of China.