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Team USA sends 14 skaters to JGP Poland

Farris leads U.S. men into Gdansk

Joshua Farris looks to find a spot on the men's podium at the JGP Poland.
Joshua Farris looks to find a spot on the men's podium at the JGP Poland. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(09/13/2011) - Colorado Springs, Colo. -- The International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series (JGP) continues this week from Gdansk, Poland. The event, set for Sept. 14-17, will take place at Sporthall Olivia. Competition begins Thursday with the ladies, men's and pairs short programs.

Fourteen athletes will represent the United States in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. For complete event coverage, including photos and results, visit icenetwork.com.

LADIES
Lauren Dinh, the 2011 U.S. junior silver medalist and the 2011 Gardena Spring Trophy junior champion, makes her first appearance on the JGP circuit in Gdansk. Samantha Cesario competed on the JGP circuit last year, placing fourth at JGP Romania. She was forced to sit out the 2011 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, N.C., due to a back injury.

MEN
Joshua Farris, the 2010 U.S. junior silver medalist, enjoyed a successful international season last year, placing first at JGP Great Britain, second at JGP Romania and sixth at the JGP final. David Wang, who competed as a junior at the 2011 U.S. Championships, makes his JGP debut in Gdansk.

PAIRS
Jessica Noelle Calalang and Zack Sidhu, who began skating together in August 2010, made their competitive debut last fall at JGP Czech Republic. The 2011 U.S. novice champions Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage make their international debuts this week. Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer will compete for the first time as a team in Gdansk. Simpson competed in the 2010 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series with former partner Nathan Miller.

ICE DANCING
Both U.S. ice dancing teams will make their international debuts in Poland. Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons are the 2011 U.S. novice champions. Joining them are Jessica Mancini and Tyler Brooks, the 2011 U.S. novice silver medalists.

Now in its 15th 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. 8-11 in Quebec City, Quebec.

In addition to Brisbane, the Junior Grand Prix Series consists of the remaining events: • JGP Romania: Brasov, Romania - Sept. 21-25
• JGP Austria: Innsbruck, Austria - Sept. 28-Oct. 2
• JGP Italy: Milano, Italy - Oct. 5-9
• JGP Estonia: Tallinn, Estonia - Oct. 12-16
• JGP Final: Quebec City, Quebec - Dec. 8-11