Team USA sends 13 to Skate Canada, Cup of Nice
Gold, Miner headline American competitors in Canada; Aaron leads Nice contingent
|U.S. junior champion Gracie Gold makes her Grand Prix Series debut in Windsor, Ontario. (Jay Adeff)|
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Gracie Gold, the 2012 U.S. junior champion and world junior silver medalist, makes her Grand Prix debut in Canada. She began the season with a second-place showing at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in September. Caroline Zhang is the 2012 U.S. pewter medalist. She began the season by competing at 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy in late September.
Ross Miner owns the bronze medals from the last two U.S. championships as well as the 2012 Four Continents Championships. Now entering his third Grand Prix season, Miner won his first medal on the circuit: bronze, at 2011 NHK Trophy. He also competed at Skate Canada last fall.
The newly formed team of Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig make their Grand Prix debut. They teamed up in May and started their competitive careers at the 2012 U.S. International Classic. They join Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin, who were bronze medalists at the U.S. International Classic.
Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue won the 2012 U.S. bronze medal in their first season together. The duo already have one medal to their credit this season after winning bronze at 2012 Finlandia Trophy.
The Grand Prix Series, now in its 18th 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 up to two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the 2012 Grand Prix Final, set for Dec. 6-9, in Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Athletes will compete for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series.
CUP OF NICE
Max Aaron stood atop his first senior international podium in September when he won gold at the 2012 U.S. International Classic. Like Aaron, Keegan Messing also has a medal-winning finish this season. The reigning Cup of Nice champion, Messing won bronze at 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy.
Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim announced their partnership in April and will make their competitive debut in Nice.
Cup of Nice is an international figure skating competition, held annually with some exceptions since 1995, for skaters at the novice, junior and senior levels.