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Team USA to compete at Nepela, JGP Germany

Cain to make season debut; Keiser hoping for JGP Final push
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Ashley Cain will make her season debut at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy. -Getty Images

Team USA will compete in two seperate events from Oct. 1-5, with the 2014 Ondrej Nepela Trophy taking place in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the sixth event of the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Series in Germany.

Icenetwork will haverecaps and photos from Ondrej Nepela, and recaps, vlogs and photos from JGP Germany.

2014 ONDREJ NEPELA TROPHY

Held annually since 1993 in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Ondrej Nepela Trophy is a senior-level competition for singles, pairs and ice dance.

Ladies

Ashley Cain makes her season debut in Bratislava. Later this fall, she will compete at a pair of Grand Prix Series events, Cup of China and Rostelecom Cup.

Men

Stephen Carriere most recently finished 10th at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. He has competed internationally at both the junior and senior levels since 2004.

Pairs

Team USA was originally slated to have two teams compete; however, both withdrew because of injury. Alexandria Shaughnessy broke her jaw earlier this month, forcing her and partner Jimmy Morgan to delay their senior international debut. DeeDee Leng and Simon Shnapir withdrew Sept. 24, after they both sustained minor injuries while practicing a lift on Sept. 11. Both teams are expected to resume full training soon.

Ice Dance

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani are two-time reigning U.S. bronze medalists and 2014 Olympians.

JGP GERMANY

Team USA will be represented in all four disciplines at the Junior Grand Prix event in Dresden, Germany. 

Ladies

Leah Keiser, who one bronze at 2014 JGP Slovenia, will look to make a push for the JGP Final with a podium finish in Germany.

Men

Shotaro Omori, the 2013 world junior bronze medalist, finished fourth at his season-opening event in Slovenia. Tony Lu was scheduled to make his season debut at 2014 JGP Czech Republic but withdrew due to injury. Lu finished seventh as a junior at the 2014 U.S. championships.

Pairs

Chelsea Liu and Brian Johnson are also scheduled to compete next week at the final JGP event of the season in Croatia. Lindsay Weinstein and Jacob Simon, the 2014 U.S. novice pewter medalists, finished fifth in their JGP debut in the Czech Republic.

Ice Dance

Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter are the 2014 JGP Czech Republic bronze medalists. They look to qualify for their second consecutive JGP Final. Julia Biechler and Damian Dodge began their JGP careers with a fifth-place showing at 2014 JGP Slovenia.