Ten U.S athletes head to Chemnitz for final JGP
Spots in Sochi on the line at last stop in series
|Redemption is on the minds of Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer after a fifth-place finish at their first JGP of the season. (Tom Briglia)|
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Leah Keiser looks for her second JGP title of the season and a berth at the JGP Final in Sochi, Russia. She won gold last month in Turkey, her first career JGP event. Samantha Cesario is the 2012 JGP Austria bronze medalist and has won bronze at each of her last three JGP events.
Shotaro Omori placed fourth last month at JGP Turkey in his season debut. Teammate Jay Yostanto will also look to land on the podium after beginning the season with a sixth-place showing at JGP Austria.
Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer, the 2011 U.S. junior silver medalists and 2011 JGP Final bronze medalists, opened their year with a fifth-place finish in Linz, Austria. Joining them are Jessica Pfund and AJ Reiss, who also placed fifth at their season-opening competition, JGP Lake Placid.
After partnering up in June, Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker made their competitive debut together at JGP Turkey and finished fifth.