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Junior Grand Prix Series kicks off in France

Hiwatashi highlights U.S. field; Paganini to make JGP circuit debut
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World junior bronze medalist Tomoki Hiwatashi begins his second season competing on the JGP circuit. -Getty Images

Seven athletes will represent Team USA at the first Junior Grand Prix (JGP) event of the season in Saint Gervais, France, Aug. 24-28. The event begins Thursday with the ladies and men's short programs.

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

Ladies

2016 U.S. novice silver medalist Alexia Paganini will make her JGP Series debut. She most recently won the junior ladies event at the 2016 Gardena Spring Trophy in Italy.

Men's

Tomoki Hiwatashi, the 2016 U.S. junior champion and world junior bronze medalist, will compete for his second career JGP medal. He won bronze at 2015 JGP Croatia. 2013 U.S. novice silver medalist Oleksiy Melnyk will join Hiwatashi at the event. Melnyk made his JGP debut in Austria last season, placing seventh.

Ice dance

Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko return to the JGP Series for a third season. The duo placed second and fourth in Poland and Latvia, respectively, last season. They are joined by 2014 U.S. novice silver medalists Eliana Gropman and Ian Somerville, who placed 10th at 2016 JGP United States.