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Holland America! U.S. sends five to Challenge Cup

Abbott to compete in men's; Czisny, Keiser to enter ladies competitions

U.S. champ Jeremy Abbott plans to test out his quad at the International Challenge Cup.
U.S. champ Jeremy Abbott plans to test out his quad at the International Challenge Cup. (Getty Images)

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(03/07/2012) - The 2012 International Challenge Cup is set for March 8-11, 2012, at Ice Rink De Uithof in The Hague, Netherlands. Members of Team USA will compete at the senior and junior levels.

Icenetwork.com will provide recaps, blogs and photos from the event.

MEN'S

Jeremy Abbott most recently won his third U.S. title in January. Abbott enjoyed a successful Grand Prix season, placing first at Cup of China and third at Rostelecom Cup before competing at the 2011 Grand Prix Final.

LADIES

Alissa Czisny leads the ladies contingent. She placed second at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Last fall, Czisny, a two-time U.S. champion, competed at Skate America and Trophée Eric Bompard, placing first and third respectively, and earned a spot at the 2011 Grand Prix Final. Leah Keiser, the 2010 U.S. novice champion, will compete on the junior level. In January, Keiser competed as a senior at the 2012 U.S. Championships.

PAIRS

Representing Team USA in junior pairs are Jessica Pfund and A.J. Reiss. They most recently placed fifth as juniors at the 2012 U.S. Championships.