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Thirteen U.S. athletes to compete in Sapporo

Event to be streamed live on icenetwork.com Nov. 11-12

Ashley Wagner will try for her sixth career medal in the Grand Prix Series.
Ashley Wagner will try for her sixth career medal in the Grand Prix Series. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(11/08/2011) - Thirteen U.S. athletes will compete at the 2011 NHK Trophy, the fourth event in the 2011 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Competition begins Friday with the short dance and pairs and ladies short programs.

Full coverage of the event, including news, photos and results, will be available on icenetwork.com. Live and on-demand video coverage of the NHK Trophy will be available to icenetwork.com Season Pass subscribers.

NBC Sports will broadcast the ladies and men's free skates from the NHK Trophy on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 2-4 p.m. (ET), with additional broadcast coverage on Universal Sports.

Ladies

Ashley Wagner continues her season after winning bronze at Skate Canada two weeks ago. She is joined by Agnes Zawadzki, the 2011 world junior bronze medalist. In her Grand Prix Series debut a year ago, she finished sixth at Skate Canada and fourth at Rostelecom Cup.

Men

Armin Mahbanoozadeh and Ross Miner continue their seasons after already competing at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America and Skate Canada, respectively, to open the year. Brandon Mroz was recently credited by the ISU with executing the first-ever quadruple Lutz in a sanctioned competition. He accomplished the feat Sept. 16, 2011, at the Colorado Springs Invitational (watch the video here. Mroz won medals at both of his Grand Prix assignments last year (silver at Cup of China, bronze at Trophée Eric Bompard).

Pairs

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir finished fourth at the Ondrej Nepela Memorial to open the season. The duo, who placed fifth at the most recent U.S. championships, begin their third season on the Grand Prix circuit. Caydee Denney and John Coughlin look to improve on a fourth-place showing at Skate America.

Ice dancing

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani began their season by earning the silver medal last week at Cup of China. Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt also competed last week, winning 2011 Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria.