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U.S. team announced for JGP Lake Placid

U.S. junior champs Leng, Miner on U.S. team headed to Upstate New York

Ross Miner burst onto the scene last year with his cowboy short program at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland.
Ross Miner burst onto the scene last year with his cowboy short program at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland. (Michelle Harvath)

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(08/03/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Figure Skating announced on Monday the skaters that will compete in the second event of the 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series, which takes place Sept. 2-5 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The event will be held at the 1980 Rink-Herb Brooks Arena and will begin Thursday, Sept. 3, with the compulsory dance and the men's and pairs short programs. Official practice will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the USA Rink-Jack Shea Arena. This is the second time in three years a JGP event has been held in Lake Placid, as the town played host to the first event in the 2007 JGP Series.

Eighteen 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 10 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

In addition to Lake Placid, N.Y., the Junior Grand Prix Series consists of the following events:
• JGP Hungary - Budapest, Hungary. - Aug. 26-30
• JGP Poland - Torun, Poland - Sept. 9-13
• JGP Belarus - Minsk, Belarus - Sept. 23-27
• JGP Germany - Dresden, Germany - Sept. 30-Oct. 4
• JGP Croatia - Zagreb, Croatia - Oct. 7-11
• JGP Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey - Oct. 14-18
• JGP Final - Tokyo, Japan - Dec. 3-6

U.S. Entries at the 2009 JGP United States

Ladies
Taylor Firth
DeeDee Leng
Kristine Musademba

Men
Joshua Farris
Andrew Gonzales Jr.
Ross Miner

Pairs
Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton
Meredith Pipkin and Brett Dunie-Neustadt
Britney Simpson and Nathan Miller

Ice Dancing
Isabella Cannuscio and Ian Lorello
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
Rachel Tibbetts and Collin Brubaker