U.S. International Classic to feature 70 athletes
Salt Lake City field includes Gold, Zawadzki, Miner on home soil
|U.S. junior champion Gracie Gold will try to top the ladies podium in Salt Lake City. (Tom Briglia)|
Team USA features Gracie Gold, the 2012 U.S. junior champion and 2012 world junior silver medalist; Agnes Zawadzki, the 2012 U.S. bronze medalist; reigning U.S. bronze medalist Ross Miner; and 2012 U.S. ice dancing pewter medalists Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt.
"U.S. Figure Skating is excited to host the inaugural U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, a competition we expect to become an annual occurrence," U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director David Raith said. "This event allows us another opportunity to welcome the international figure skating community to the United States. Salt Lake Figure Skating has always done an exceptional job of hosting U.S. qualifying events, and we are confident this will be another outstanding event. We look forward to strong skating and a great kick off to the senior season."
All practice and competitive events will take place at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex, an official practice venue of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Celebrating its inaugural year, the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic is an International Skating Union (ISU) points-earning competition. Many athletes competing in Salt Lake City will be kicking off seasons that will include stops at the Grand Prix Series, their country's national championships, the Four Continents and European championships and the world championships.
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Day passes and all-event tickets will be available at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex during the week of the event.
In conjunction with the International Figure Skating Classic, U.S. Figure Skating will host the U.S. Novice and Junior Challenge Skate, an invitational for American skaters who have competed nationally at the intermediate, novice and junior levels. The goal of the event is for skaters to experience what an international competition is like. In addition to competing against other top skaters at their levels, athletes will have the opportunity to attend seminars, undergo media training and more.
U.S. lineup for 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (subject to change):
Ladies: Gracie Gold, Agnes Zawadzki
International lineup for 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (subject to change):
Ladies: Isadora Williams (BRA), Amélie Lacoste (CAN), Melinda Wang (TPE), Crystal Kiang (TPE), Karina Sinding Johnson (DEN), Elena Glebova (EST), Stephanie Rigley (GBR), Georgia Glastris (GRE), Yamada Sumika (HKG), Tiffany Packard Yu (HKG), Ami Parekh (IND), Clara Peters (IRE), Ana Cecilia Cantu Felix (MEX), Melissa Bulanhagui (PHI), Kai-Jing Leong (SIN), Mimi Tanasom Chindasook (THA)
Men's: Mark Webster (AUS), Luiz Manella (BRA), Jeremy Ten (CAN), Liam Firus (CAN), Christopher Berneck (GER), Chiu Ting Ronald Lam (HKG), Oleksii Bychenko (ISR), Denis Ten (KAZ), Luis Hernandez (MEX), Christopher Caluza (PHI), Patrick Myzyk (POL)
Ice Dancing: Danielle O'Brien and Gregory Merriman (AUS); Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (CAN); Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam (CAN); Carter Jones and Richard Sharpe (GBR); Corene Burhns Alonso and Ryan Van Natten (MEX); Justyna Plutowska and Peter Gerber (POL), Siobhan Heekin-Canedy and Dmitriy Dun (UKR)
Wednesday, Sept. 12
8:00 a.m. -- Official Practice Sessions throughout the day
Thursday, Sept. 13
Senior Men's Short Program
Senior Short Dance
Friday, Sept. 14
Ladies Short Program
Pairs Short Program
Saturday, Sept. 15
Senior Men's Free Skate
Senior Free Dance
Sunday, Sept. 16
Senior Ladies Free Skate
Senior Pairs Free Skate