Salt Lake City set to host two events this week
Inaugural U.S. International Classic, U.S. Challenge Skate taking place at Salt Lake City Sports Complex
|Agnes Zawadzki is in search of her first senior international medal. (Tom Briglia)|
The 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic is an International Skating Union (ISU) points-earning competition featuring top athletes from around the world, while the 2012 U.S. Challenge Skate is an invitational for American skaters who have competed nationally at the intermediate, novice and junior levels.
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Sixteen athletes will represent the U.S. at the international event.
Gracie Gold is the 2012 U.S. junior champion and world junior silver medalist. She begins her first full senior season in Salt Lake City after competing as a senior at the 2012 World Team Trophy in April. Agnes Zawadzki is the reigning U.S. bronze medalist and a two-time world junior medalist.
Ross Miner is the reigning two-time U.S. bronze medalist. He closed the 2011-12 season with a third-place showing at the Four Continents Championships. Armin Mahbanoozadeh placed just behind Miner, in fourth, at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Max Aaron is the 2011 U.S. junior champion. Rounding out the U.S. contingent is 2012 U.S. junior silver medalist Timothy Dolensky, who represented the U.S. at the 2012 World Junior Championships.
The newly formed team of Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig make their competitive debut in Salt Lake City. Ladwig is a five-time U.S. medalist and 2010 Olympian with former partner Amanda Evora. Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin have competed together since 2010, while Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay begin their second season together.
Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt placed fourth at the most recent U.S. championships and have competed internationally since 2007. Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who teamed up prior to last season, finished just behind Kriengkrairut and Giulietti-Schmitt, in fifth, at the U.S. championships. Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus, the 2011 U.S. junior bronze medalists, will take the ice in Utah before making their Grand Prix Series debut at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America in October.