U.S. champions head to Skate Canada
Lysacek, McLaughlin and Brubaker lead Team USA
|Evan Lysacek and his fancy outfit hope to win gold this week in Ottawa. (Michelle Harvath)|
Eighteen U.S. skaters will compete in four disciplines: ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. The U.S. team hails from nine states: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
The Grand Prix Series, now in its 14th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative, point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the six scheduled events. The top-six point-earners in each of the disciplines then qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, which will be combined with the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final this year in Goyang City, Republic of Korea, Dec. 10-14. Athletes will be vying for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series.
At last week's Skate America, Team USA took home four medals. World bronze medalist Johnny Weir won silver, and two-time U.S. champion Evan Lysacek took bronze. U.S. pair champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker garnered the silver, and 2006 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto took the ice dancing silver.
World junior silver medalist Caroline Zhang is participating in her second Grand Prix Series. In 2007, she won bronze at Skate America and silver at the Cup of China and finished fourth at the Grand Prix Final.
Alissa Czisny, who recently won gold at the 2008 Nebelhorn Trophy, will be competing at Skate Canada for the third time. She won gold at the event in 2005 and took bronze at the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Bebe Liang is competing in the Grand Prix Series for the fifth time. She has a trio of fourth-place finishes in the series, most recently at the 2006 NHK Trophy.
Lysacek, the 2005 and 2006 world bronze medalist, is competing in the Grand Prix Series for the fourth time. This will be his first appearance at Skate Canada.
Two-time U.S. junior silver medalist Brandon Mroz is making his Grand Prix Series debut. He won gold last season at the JGP Austria and the JGP Germany before taking silver at the JGP Final. He also won silver at the 2006 JGP Final.
Ryan Bradley is skating in his third Grand Prix Series. He is the 2007 U.S. silver medalist, and he placed sixth at Skate Canada in 2002.
McLaughlin and Brubaker won silver last season at both the Cup of China and NHK Trophy. They are the 2007 world junior champions.
Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig are making their second appearance at Skate Canada; they finished eighth at the event in 2005. They won bronze at the 2007 Nebelhorn Trophy and finished fifth at the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent are also veterans of Skate Canada. They placed fifth at both the 2006 and 2007 events. The pair finished fourth at both the 2008 U.S. Championships and 2007 Trophée Eric Bompard.
2008 U.S. silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will be competing at Skate Canada for the second time; they finished fourth at the 2006 event. Davis and White won the silver at the 2008 Four Continents Championships.
Joining them are 2008 U.S. and Four Continents bronze medalists Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre. They competed at 2006 Skate Canada, finishing sixth.
Jennifer Wester and Daniil Barantsev are making their Grand Prix Series debut. They won gold at the 2007 Nebelhorn Trophy, finished fourth at the 2008 Four Continents Championships and placed fifth at the 2008 U.S. Championships.
In addition to Skate Canada, the Grand Prix Series consists of these remaining events:
Cup of China; Beijing, China - Nov. 6-9
Trophée Eric Bompard; Paris, France - Nov. 13-16
Cup of Russia; Moscow, Russia - Nov. 20-23
NHK Trophy; Tokyo, Japan - Nov. 27-30
Grand Prix Final: Goyang City, Republic of Korea - Dec. 10-14
Here are the full entries at Skate Canada:
|Alissa Czisny, USA||Elena Glebova, EST||Carolina Kostner, ITA||Bebe Liang, USA|
|Jenna McCorkell, GBR||Cynthia Phaneuf, CAN||Joannie Rochette, CAN||Myriane Samson, CAN|
|Fumie Suguri, JPN||Nana Takeda, JPN||Jenni Vähämaa, FIN||Carolina Zhang, USA|
|Ryan Bradley, USA||Patrick Chan, CAN||Anton Kovalevski, UKR||Evan Lysacek, USA|
|Brandon Mroz, USA||Yasuharu Nanri, JPN||Yannick Ponsero, FRA||Shawn Sawyer, CAN|
|Jeremy Ten, CAN||Vladimir Uspenski, RUS||Sergei Voronov, RUS|
|Mylene Brodeur and
John Mattatall, CAN
|Huibo Dong and
Yiming Wu, CHN
|Jessica Dubé and
Bryce Davison, CAN
|Amanda Evora and
Mark Ladwig, USA
|Yuko Kawaguchi and
Alexander Smirnov, RUS
|Rachel Kirkland and
Eric Radford, CAN
|Keauna McLaughlin and
Rockne Brubaker, USA
|Tiffany Vise and
Derek Trent, USA
|Ekaterina Bobrova and
Dmitri Soloviev, RUS
|Andrea Chong and
Guillame Gfeller, CAN
|Vanessa Crone and
Paul Poirier, CAN
|Meryl Davis and
Charlie White, USA
|Kristina Gorshkova and
Vitali Butikov, RUS
|Kim Navarro and
Brent Bommentre, USA
|Nathalie Pechalat and
Fabian Bourzat, FRA
|Jennifer Wester and
Daniil Barantsev, USA