Razzano leads U.S. contingent at Challenge CupTakai, Johnson aim to attain minimum technical score to go to junior worlds
Nine U.S. athletes will compete at the 2014 Challenge Cup, March 6-9, in The Hague, Netherlands.
Elena Taylor and Amy Lin will make their international debuts in the junior ladies event. Taylor and Lin finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at the junior level at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Douglas Razzano finished sixth at the 2014 U.S. Championships. He is Team USA's only senior competitor in The Hague. Competing at the junior level are Chase Belmontes and Kevin Shum, who finished fourth and sixth, respectively, at the U.S. championships. Both are making their international debuts at this event.
Aya Takai and Brian Johnson finished seventh as juniors at the 2014 U.S. Championships. Should they meet the minimum technical scores required by the ISU to compete at championship events, the team will then travel to Sofia, Bulgaria, the following week for the 2014 World Junior Championships. Chelsea Liu and Devin Perini were originally selected to the world junior team but will not compete due to a Perini injury. Jessica Lee and Robert Hennings are the 2014 U.S. novice bronze medalists.