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Team USA selected for JGP Czech Republic

Piper Gilles and Zach Donohue are among the competitors this week in Dresden.
Piper Gilles and Zach Donohue are among the competitors this week in Dresden. (Melani Hoyt / IDC)

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(08/18/2008) - U.S. Figure Skating announced Monday the skaters it will send to compete in the fourth event of the 2008 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series, which takes place Sept. 17-21 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The event will begin Thursday, Sept. 18, with the compulsory dance and the pairs and men's short programs. Official practice will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Twelve athletes will represent the United States at the event in four disciplines: ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. The U.S. team hails from nine states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Texas.

In addition to Ostrava, Czech Republic, the Junior Grand Prix Series consists of the following events:

JGP France: Courchevel, France - Aug. 28-31
JGP Italy: Merano, Italy - Sept. 3-7
JGP Mexico: Mexico City, Mexico - Sept. 10-14
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

U.S. ENTRIES AT JGP CZECH REPUBLIC

Ladies
Angela Maxwell
Marissa Secundy

Men
Alexander Johnson
Keegan Messing

Pairs
Kloe Bautista and Galvani Hopson
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir

Ice Dancing
Piper Gilles and Zach Donohue
Shannon Wingle and Timothy McKernan