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Five U.S. athletes to compete at Ice Challenge

Competition begins Wednesday, Nov. 10 with the short dance

Douglas Razzano is competing in Graz, Austria, this week.
Douglas Razzano is competing in Graz, Austria, this week. (Liz Leamy)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(11/08/2010) - Colorado Springs, Colo. - U.S. Figure Skating will send five athletes to compete at Ice Challenge, Nov. 9-14, in Graz, Austria. The event will be held at Liebenauer Eishalle. Competition begins Wednesday, Nov. 10 with the short dance.

Ice Challenge began in 1971 as the Leo-Scheu-Gedachtnislaufen. It became Ice Challenge in 2008 and includes competition in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing at the novice, junior and senior levels. This is the second year U.S. skaters will compete at the event.

MEN'S
Douglas Razzano is competing at Ice Challenge for the second consecutive year after placing eighth at the event a year ago. He competed in the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Series for three seasons, from 2005-07, winning the silver medal at JGP Great Britain in 2007 and qualifying for that year's JGP Final.

PAIRS
Lindsay Davis and Themistocles Leftheris are competing for the first time together. Davis, who also skates singles, is the 2010 U.S. junior bronze medalist, while Leftheris is the 2007 U.S. pairs bronze medalist with former partner Naomi Nari Nam. Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin join Davis and Leftheris in Graz. The duo began their partnership a year ago and finished first at the Pacific Coast Sectional Figure Skating Championships before placing eighth at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

U.S. ENTRIES AT ICE CHALLENGE Men's: Douglas Razzano
Pairs: Lindsay Davis and Themistocles Leftheris, Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin