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Chock and Bates headline U.S. lineup in Beijing

U.S. ice dancers look to clinch second straight Grand Prix Final berth
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Madison Chock and Evan Bates have competed at the Cup of China twice in their career, finishing fourth in 2012 and winning bronze in 2013. -Getty Images

World silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates will lead a team of nine U.S. skaters at the 2015 Cup of China in Beijing this week. Icenetwork will stream the competition live to Season Pass subscribers, and will provide news, photos and blogs to all users.


Courtney Hicks begins her third turn on the Grand Prix Series after having placed third at the Nebelhorn Trophy in September. Karen Chen, the reigning U.S. bronze medalist, made her Grand Prix debut two weeks ago at 2015 Progressive Skate America and finished fifth. Hannah Miller will compete at her first career Grand Prix event. She opened the season with a sixth-place showing at the Finlandia Trophy.


Richard Dornbush will make his fourth career Cup of China appearance; he won bronze at the event last season. Grant Hochstein returns to the Grand Prix Series for the first time since 2010 (Skate Canada). He finished seventh at the Nebelhorn Trophy to start the season.

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Chock and Bates, the 2015 U.S. champions, will compete for their second gold medal of the series after winning the Skate America title last month. A podium finish would assure them of a spot in the Grand Prix Final for the second year in a row. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker also competed at Skate America and finished fourth.