U.S. sends 15 skaters to Beijing for Finals
Senior, Junior Grand Prix Finals to be held this week
|Alissa Czisny leads heading into the ladies free skate in Beijing. (Getty Images)|
Skaters qualified for the two competitions based on point totals earned throughout the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series and ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. The United States won 20 medals at the six senior-level qualifying events (three gold, five silver, 12 bronze) and 19 medals at seven junior-level qualifying events (four gold, 11 silver, four bronze).
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2010 GRAND PRIX FINAL
Alissa Czisny is the only American singles skater to win a gold medal in this season's Grand Prix Series. Her win at Skate Canada was the second Grand Prix gold of her career, and her first since winning the same event in 2005. She followed that with a bronze at Trophée Eric Bompard, the series' final qualifying event. The 2009 U.S. champion, Czisny placed sixth at her only other trip to the Grand Prix Final, in 2005. Rachael Flatt earns her first trip to the Grand Prix Final since joining the circuit in 2008. The 2010 U.S. champion and Olympian won silver medals this season at the NHK Trophy and Skate America. Flatt took the silver at the JGP Final in 2007.
Davis and White earned the No. 1 seed at this event with gold-medal-winning performances at the NHK Trophy and Skate America. This is the third Grand Prix Final appearance for the reigning Olympic and World silver medalists. They won the bronze medal at the 2008 event in Goyang City, Republic of Korea.
Eleven U.S. skaters will serve as alternates. They are Mirai Nagasu (second alternate) and Ashley Wagner (third alternate) in ladies; Jeremy Abbott, Brandon Mroz and Adam Rippon (first through third alternates, respectively) in men's; Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin (second alternate) in pairs; and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, and Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein (first and second alternates, respectively) in ice dancing.
2010 JUNIOR GRAND PRIX FINAL
Christina Gao makes her second trip to the JGP Final after winning the silver in Austria and Germany. She took home the bronze medal at the 2009 JGP Final. In her second season on the circuit, Kristiene Gong won the silver medal in Romania before finishing fourth in Great Britain. Yasmin Siraj, the 2010 U.S. junior silver medalist, won silver medals in France and Great Britain in her first season in the JGP Series. Kiri Baga qualified for her second consecutive JGP Final (where she placed seventh a year ago) but was forced to withdraw because of tendonitis in her left ankle.
Joshua Farris, the reigning U.S. silver medalist, topped the podium at JGP Romania before taking silver in Great Britain. Keegan Messing won JGP Romania and then placed fourth at JGP Czech Republic. Richard Dornbush has competed on the JGP circuit since 2007, and makes his third consecutive appearance at this event. He won bronze in 2008 and placed fourth a year ago. This season, Dornbush started the season with a fourth-place finish at JGP Austria and followed that with a gold-medal win at JGP Germany. Reigning U.S. junior bronze medalist Max Aaron enjoyed a third-place finish in France before winning silver in Japan in his first international season.
Ashley Cain and Joshua Reagan, the 2010 U.S. novice champions, began their debut international season with a sixth-place finish at JGP Great Britain before taking silver at JGP Czech Republic.
Charlotte Lichtman and Dean Copely face a field that features six Russian teams and one from the Ukraine. In their second season on the JGP circuit, the duo medaled at both of their assignments, winning gold in Austria and bronze in Germany.
U.S. skaters who will serve as alternates include Jason Brown (men's second alternate), Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton (pairs second alternates), and Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus (ice dancing second alternates).