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U.S. Developmental Team in action

Fifty-nine athletes will take part in three competitions in Canada

Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton will compete in junior pairs at the Central Ontario Summer Skate.
Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton will compete in junior pairs at the Central Ontario Summer Skate. (Sarah S. Brannen)

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(08/06/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Fifty-nine U.S. skaters will take part in three competitions over the next two weeks in Canada, as part of U.S. Figure Skating's Developmental International program. Twenty athletes head to Boucherville, Quebec, this week for the Quebec Summer Championships. Next week, seventeen U.S. skaters will take the ice at the Central Ontario Summer Skate in Thornhill, Ontario, while 22 others will compete at the BC/YT Section Summerskate in Burnaby, British Columbia.

The Developmental International program was created by the Athlete Development Committee in 2007 as a way to replace the North American Challenge Skate. The purpose is to provide up-and-coming skaters with an opportunity to gain international experience and exposure. Skaters are responsible for paying their own expenses for the competition. Competitors at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the novice level and medalists at the 2009 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships at the intermediate level are invited to participate. In addition, junior- and senior-level competitors at the 2009 U.S. Championships and 2009 sectional championships identified by the International Committee are also invited to participate.

Past participants in the Developmental International program include world junior ice dancing champions Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein, world junior pairs bronze medalists Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, and U.S. junior champion DeeDee Leng.

U.S. Entries at Quebec Summer Championships, Aug. 6-9

Senior Ladies
Christina Gao
Samantha Cesario
Junior Ladies
Haley Dunne
Mary Beth Marley
Christine Mozer
Kendall Wyckoff
Novice Ladies
Courtney Hicks
Katarina Kulgeyko
Junior Men
Allen Gaghinjian
Novice Men
Timothy Dolensky
Junior Pairs
Olivia Gibbons/Tyler Harris
Novice Pairs
Kaitlin Budd/Matthew Blackmer
Meredith Pipkin/Brett Dunie-Neustadt
Marissa Spector/Christopher Nolan
Novice Dance
Danvi Pham/Vu Pham

U.S. Entries at Central Ontario Summer Skate, Aug. 13-16

Senior Ladies
Kristiene Gong
Junior Men
Christopher Fernandes
Colin Grafton
Ryan Hartley
Jay Yostanto
Junior Pairs
Kylie Duarte/Colin Grafton
Novice Pairs
Olivia Oltmanns/Tyler Broderick
Junior Dance
Lauri Bonacorsi/Travis Mager
Charlotte Lichtman/Dean Copely
Anastasia Olson/Jordan Cowan
Novice Dance
Danielle Gamelin/Alexander Gamelin

U.S. Entries at BC/YT Section Summerskate, Aug. 13-16

Junior Ladies
Vanessa Lam
Katlynn McNab
Keli Zhou
Joanna Nishimoto
Novice Ladies
Carol Lin
Allison Timlen
Junior Men
Scott Dyer
John Lomazzi
Joshua Santillan
Novice Men
Nathan Chen
Shotaro Omori
Austin Wagner
Novice Pairs
Stefanie Griffin/Jordan Griffin
Senior Dance
Stephanie Zastrow/Michael Lueck
Junior Dance
Gabrielle Friedenberg/Benjamin Nykiel
Natalie Wojton/Michael Soyfer
Novice Dance
Joylyn Yang/Jean Luc Baker