Wagner leads five American competitors in Paris
U.S. champion Abbott seeks spot on Trophée Bompard podium; Gao looks for more hardware
|Ashley Wagner goes for her second Grand Prix gold at 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard. (Getty Images)|
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Ashley Wagner leads Team USA into Paris. The 2012 U.S. and Four Continents champion earned her first career Grand Prix gold medal at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America earlier this fall. She will be joined once again by Christina Gao, who won her first career Grand Prix medal, the silver at Skate America.
Jeremy Abbott also began his season at Skate America, where he placed fifth. The reigning U.S. champion will compete for the first time at Trophée Bompard. Johnny Weir was scheduled to compete but withdrew Tuesday due to a hip injury suffered at 2012 Rostelecom Cup last weekend.
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.