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U.S. team announced for JGP in Merano, Italy



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(08/04/2008) - U.S. Figure Skating announced Monday the skaters it will send to compete in the second event of the 2008 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series, which takes place Sept. 3-7 in Merano, Italy.

The event will be held at the Meranarena ice rink and will begin Thursday, Sept. 4, with the compulsory dance and the ladies and men's short programs. Official practice will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Eight athletes will represent the United States at the event in three disciplines: ladies, men's and ice dancing. No pairs competition is being held at JGP Italy; pairs is being skated at only four of the eight JGP events this season. The U.S. team hails from six states: California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Michigan.

In addition to Merano, Italy, the Junior Grand Prix Series consists of the following events:

JGP France: Courchevel, France - Aug. 28-31
JGP Mexico: Mexico City, Mexico - Sept. 10-14
JGP Czech Republic: Ostrava, Czech Republic - Sept. 17-21
JGP Spain: Madrid, Spain - Sept. 24-28
JGP Belarus: Gomel, Belarus - Oct. 1-5
JGP South Africa: Cape Town, South Africa - Oct. 8-12
JGP Great Britain: Sheffield, Great Britain - Oct. 15-18
JGP Final: Goyang City, South Korea - Dec. 10-14

Melissa Bulanhagui
Brittney Rizo

Curran Oi
Daniel O'Shea

Ice Dancing
Isabella Cannuscio and Ian Lorello
Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlin