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JGP Series gets underway this week in Slovakia

Le to make debut in series; Zhou to compete for first time since 2013
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Vivian Le has had some impressive showings this summer, and she'll look to keep the momentum going at JGP Slovakia. -Jay Adeff

Eight athletes will represent the United States at the first Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Series event of the season this week in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event runs Thursday through Saturday and will be held at the Ondrej Nepela Arena.

Icenetwork will provide news, photos and blogs from the competition.


Vivian Le, the reigning U.S. junior bronze medalist, and Emily Chan, the 2015 U.S. novice champion, will make their JGP debuts in Bratislava.


Vincent Zhou will compete for the first time since finishing first as a novice at the 2013 Gardena Spring Trophy. The 2013 U.S. junior champion missed the last two seasons due to injury. For 2015 U.S. junior silver medalist Kevin Shum, this event marks his second JGP appearance, having finished seventh in Japan last season.


After earning the U.S. junior silver medal, Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons closed last season with a fourth-place showing at the 2015 World Junior Championships. The Parsons have competed on the JGP circuit since 2011 and qualified for the 2013 JGP Final. Julia Biechler and Damian Dodge will begin their second JGP season after most recently finishing eighth as juniors at the 2015 U.S. Championships. They finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at JGP Germany and JGP Slovenia last fall.