Eighteen U.S. athletes to compete in two events
JGP Romania, Nebelhorn Trophy begin Thursday, Sept. 22
|Ashley Cain will skate in the ladies competition at JGP Romania this week. (Paul Harvath)|
JGP Romania begins Thursday with men's and ladies short programs. Nebelhorn Trophy also begins Thursday with the short dance and the men's and pairs short programs.
Competing in her second event of the season is Ashley Cain, the 2010 U.S. novice silver medalist. She began the season with a sixth-place showing at the JGP's inaugural event in Latvia. Cain is joined by 2011 U.S. junior pewter medalist McKinzie Daniels, who makes her international debut.
Reigning U.S novice bronze medalists Kaitlin Hawayek and Michael Bramante are the lone ice dancing team to represent Team USA in Brasov, Romania, where they will make their international debuts.
In addition to Brasov, Romania, the Junior Grand Prix Series consists of the remaining events (*includes pairs):
JGP Austria: Innsbruck, Austria -- Sept. 28-Oct. 2*
JGP Italy: Milan, Italy -- Oct. 5-9
JGP Estonia: Tallinn, Estonia -- Oct. 12-16*
JGP Final: Quebec City, Quebec -- Dec. 8-11*
Held annually, the Nebelhorn Trophy is a senior-level competition for all four figure skating disciplines. The 2011 version is the first international senior competition of the season.
2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu kicks off her season in Oberstdorf, Germany. She is joined by Joelle Forte, who is also assigned to 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America, the first event of the 2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.
Max Aaron, the 2011 U.S. junior champion, leads the U.S. men's contingent at Nebelhorn. He is joined by Stephen Carriere, who was forced to withdraw from the 2011 U.S. Championships due to injury.
Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin, who placed sixth at the 2011 U.S. Championships, join the newly formed team of Caydee Denney and John Coughlin in Germany. Denney and Coughlin, who are both U.S. champions with previous partners, joined forces in May, making the Nebelhorn Trophy their first international competition together.
U.S. junior pewter medalists Anastasia Olson and Jordan Cowan make their international senior debuts after having competed last fall in the Junior Grand Prix. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who joined forces last spring, compete together for the first time internationally.