Gold among eight tabbed for World Team Trophy
Davis and White, Wagner, Abbott headline American contingent
|Gracie Gold will test her skills against many of the best skaters in the world. (Tom Briglia)|
The entries for the 2012 World Team Trophy, April 19-22 in Tokyo, were announced Friday, and the 2012 U.S. junior champion and 2012 world junior silver medalist is one of two ladies named to the U.S. team.
The other Americans who will compete at the event are:
The World Team Trophy features the six countries whose skaters compiled the most "points" in the 2011-12 season: Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States. Each team consists of two ladies, two men, one pair and one ice dancing couple. The scores of each team's skaters in the short programs/dance and free skates/dance will be added together, and the highest point total will win.
U.S. skaters qualified based on results of the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships, 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series and Final, Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and ISU World Rankings. Teams will compete for a total of $1 million in prize money.
Team USA won the inaugural World Team Trophy in 2009. This event was scheduled for last April in Japan but was postponed following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. A modified version of the World Team Trophy has been added to the schedule for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Information from U.S. Figure Skating was used in this report.