Salt Lake City to host two events this weekSenior international figure skating season begins in Utah
Nearly 130 figure skaters will descend on Salt Lake City, Sept. 11-15, to compete in two events at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex. The 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic features top athletes from around the world, while the 2013 U.S. Challenge Skate is an invitational for American skaters who have competed nationally at the intermediate, novice and junior levels.
Competition at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic begins Sept. 12 with the pairs and men's short programs. All four disciplines will compete Friday, Sept. 13, with the conclusion of the pairs and men's events and the ladies short program and short dance. Competition will conclude Saturday, Sept. 14, with the ladies free skate and free dance.
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Gracie Gold is the 2013 U.S. silver medalist. She won the silver medal at this event last fall and finished sixth at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships. Agnes Zawadzki is the reigning U.S. bronze medalist. She looks to defend her U.S. International Classic title from a year ago. Courtney Hicks finished fourth at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and will make her senior international debut in Salt Lake. Also making her senior international debut is Samantha Cesario, who most recently finished fourth at the 2013 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Max Aaron, the 2013 U.S. champion, hopes to defend his title at this event. Reigning world junior champion Joshua Farris will make his senior international debut. Stephen Carriere will compete internationally for the first time since placing fourth at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy, while Grant Hochstein will return to the international scene for the first time since 2011.
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir begin the season as reigning U.S. champions. They will be joined by 2012 U.S. champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, who return to competition for the first time since Coughlin underwent surgery last December. Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay, the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists, finished fourth at this competition last year. Their training mates, Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea, most recently placed second at 2013 Challenge Cup last spring.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White headline Team USA as five-time reigning U.S. champions, 2013 world ice dance champions and 2010 Olympic silver medalists. Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, who finished fifth at the 2013 U.S. Championships, won bronze at the 2012 U.S. International Classic. Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus will compete at this event for a second straight year. Alissandra Aronow and Collin Brubaker, who train with Davis and White, will make their international debut in Salt Lake City.
For a schedule and lists of competitors in both events, please click here.