Rippon, Mroz lead U.S. contingent into Gardena
Zhou set to make international debut this week in Italy
|Adam Rippon will attempt to win his first international medal since taking the bronze at 2010 Skate Canada. (Jay Adeff)|
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Polina Edmunds will compete internationally for the first time after most recently winning the 2013 U.S. junior title. She is set to participate in the junior competition.
Karen Chen, the 2013 U.S. junior pewter medalist, will make her international debut in the novice competition. She has won U.S. titles at the intermediate (2011) and novice ('12) and levels.
Adam Rippon, the 2012 U.S. silver medalist, will compete at Gardena Spring Trophy for the first time. He finished fifth at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships after placing fourth and eighth at his two Grand Prix Series events in the fall. Also representing the U.S. in the senior event is Brandon Mroz, who was ninth at the 2013 U.S. Championships. Mroz will compete internationally for the first time since the fall of 2011.
Competing as a novice in Italy, Vincent Zhou has won consecutive U.S. titles at the intermediate (2011), novice ('12) and junior ('13) levels.