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Fourteen athletes to represent U.S. at JGP Austria

Cesario, Chen headline American single skaters; Simpson, Blackmer compete in pairs

Samantha Cesario, here with coach Mary Lynn Gelderman, hopes to top the podium at JGP Austria.
Samantha Cesario, here with coach Mary Lynn Gelderman, hopes to top the podium at JGP Austria. (Lynn Rutherford)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(09/12/2012) - The 2012 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Series continues Sept. 12-16, in Linz, Austria. The event will take place at Keine Sorgen Eisarena.

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

Icenetwork.com will provide complete event coverage, including recaps, news and photos.

LADIES

Samantha Cesario looks for her third straight JGP medal after winning a pair of bronze medals last fall in Estonia and Poland. Hannah Miller, the reigning U.S. junior bronze medalist, made her international debut last fall at JGP Italy, where she won bronze.

MEN'S

Nathan Chen is the 2012 U.S. junior champion and two-time U.S. novice champion. He made his international debut last spring, winning the novice title at Gardena Spring Trophy. Jay Yostanto begins his second international season. He placed seventh as a junior at the most recent U.S. championships.

PAIRS

Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer qualified for the 2011 JGP Final and earned the bronze medal. They finished the 2012 season by competing at the 2012 World Junior Championships after winning the U.S. junior silver medal. Jessica Noelle Calalang and Zack Sidhu placed fourth as juniors at the 2012 U.S. Championships. They have competed on the JGP circuit since 2010 and have one medal to their credit. Brianna de la Mora and Taylor Wilson will compete internationally for the first time. They have competed together since 2010.

ICE DANCING

Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons are the 2012 U.S. junior pewter medalists. Last season, they also represented the United States at the world junior championships and the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games. Whitney Miller and Kyle MacMillan are the reigning U.S. novice silver medalists. Both teams train in Rockville, Md., under coaches Dmitri Ilin, Alexei Kiliakov and Elena Novak.

Now in its 16th season, the JGP Series consists of seven international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. 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 six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the JGP Final, Dec. 6-9 in Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.