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Twenty U.S. athletes on tap for JGP Lake Placid

Farris, Hicks, Denney and Frazier, Aldridge and Eaton highlight American entries

Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton go in search of their first JGP gold medal in Lake Placid.
Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton go in search of their first JGP gold medal in Lake Placid. (Tom Briglia)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(08/28/2012) - The 2012 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (JGP) Series continues Aug. 29-Sept. 2 in Lake Placid, N.Y. The United States is set to host a JGP event for the first time since 2009. Competition begins Thursday with the men's and pairs short programs. Official practice will be held Wednesday.

Twenty athletes will represent the United States in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. JGP United States is the first of four events in the series to include pairs competition.

Icenetwork.com will provide complete event coverage, including live and on-demand video for Season Pass subscribers, recaps and photos.

LADIES

Courtney Hicks returns to competition in Lake Placid. The 2011 U.S. junior champion underwent surgery last fall to repair a leg injury sustained at 2011 JGP Italy and missed the remainder of the season. Hicks won gold at 2011 JGP Australia. Kiri Baga returns to JGP competition for the first time since 2010. She owns three JGP medals, including two gold medals from the 2009 season, when she qualified for the JGP Final. Like Baga, Angela Wang returns to JGP competition after a season away. She finished fourth in her only other international competition, 2010 JGP Japan.

MEN

Joshua Farris is the reigning world junior silver medalist and JGP Final bronze medalist. He has competed on the Junior Grand Prix circuit since 2009 and has five medals and two trips to the JGP Final to his credit. Joining Farris are two JGP newcomers, James Schetelich and Spencer Howe. Schetelich is the 2012 U.S. novice silver medalist, while Howe is the reigning U.S. novice bronze medalist.

PAIRS

Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier are the reigning U.S. junior champions. They competed at JGP events in Latvia and Austria last fall. Olivia Oltmanns and Joshua Santillan also competed last fall in Latvia and Austria. The duo begins its third international season. Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage, the 2011 U.S. novice champions, finished fifth at 2011 JGP Poland. Jessica Pfund and AJ Reiss made their international debut last spring, winning gold at the International Challenge Cup. They finished fifth as juniors at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

ICE DANCING

Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton qualified for the 2011 JGP Final after placing second and third at events in Austria and Latvia, respectively. They finished the season by winning bronze at the 2012 World Junior Championships after claiming the U.S. junior title. Madeline Heritage and Nathaniel Fast made their international debut last fall in Australia, where they placed fifth. Elliana Pogrebinsky and Ross Gudis will compete internationally for the first time in Lake Placid.