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Ten U.S. athletes to compete at JGP Estonia

Farris, Simpson and Blackmer look for second gold medals of series

Joshua Farris looks for his second gold medal in this year's JGP Series in Estonia.
Joshua Farris looks for his second gold medal in this year's JGP Series in Estonia. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(10/11/2011) - The United States will send 10 skaters to the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Series event this week in Tallinn, Estonia. This is the final event in the JGP Series before the Junior Grand Prix of figure Skating Final, Dec. 8-11, in Quebec City, Quebec. The top six point earners from each discipline qualify for the final.

The event, to be held at Premia Ice Rink, begins Thursday with the ladies, men's and pairs short programs.

Ladies
Samantha Cesario looks for her second medal of the season after winning bronze at JGP Poland. She is joined by international newcomer ,a href="/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101391&mode=I" target="_new">Gracie Gold, who is the 2010 U.S. novice pewter medalist.

Men's
Joshua Farris, who won gold at JGP Poland, competes for his second medal of the season and a trip to the JGP Final. He placed sixth at the 2010 JGP Final. Shotaro Omori placed fourth at JGP Romania.

Pairs
Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer became the first American pairs team since 2007 to win JGP gold with their title in Poland. Another medal will help them qualify for the JGP Final. Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu earned a fourth-place finish in Poland in their season-opening competition.

Ice Dancing
Reigning U.S. novice bronze medalists Kaitlin Hawayek and Michael Bramante placed fourth in their international debut at JGP Romania.