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McNamara, Carpenter lead Team USA into Ostrava

Krasnozhon, three U.S. pairs teams in action in Czech Republic this week
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Two-time U.S. junior champions Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter enter their fifth season competing in the JGP Series. -Jay Adeff

World junior champions Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter lead a team of 13 U.S. athletes into action this week at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

McNamara and Carpenter are coming off a season in which they won the gold medal at each of their five events, including the JGP Final, the U.S. championships (junior level) and the world junior championships. They will be joined in the ice dance competition by U.S. teammates Chloe Rose Lewis and Logan Bye.

Aleksei Krasnozhon, the 2016 U.S. junior bronze medalist, begins his second season on the JGP circuit. He placed third and fifth in Latvia and Poland, respectively, in the 2015 series. Reigning U.S. junior silver medalist Kevin Shum will also compete in Ostrava.

Three U.S. pairs will vie for medals, including 2015 U.S. junior silver medalists Chelsea Liu and Brian Johnson. The duo qualified for the 2014 JGP Final and most recently finished fifth at the 2016 World Junior Championships. U.S. junior silver medalists Lindsay Weinstein and Jacob Simon will begin their season in Czech Republic, and the new team of Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov will make their international debut this week.

The lone U.S. lady at the event is Megan Wessenberg, the 2016 U.S. junior bronze medalist.

Competition at Ostravar Arena begins Thursday with the ladies and pairs short programs, and the short dance. Icenetwork will provide complete event coverage, including news, photos, blogs and vlogs.