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U.S. sends 17 athletes to Nebelhorn, JGP Slovenia

Denney, Coughlin to make season debut in Oberstdorf; Farris goes for gold in Bled

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin hope to add another Nebelhorn Trophy medal to the bronze they won at last year's event.
Caydee Denney and John Coughlin hope to add another Nebelhorn Trophy medal to the bronze they won at last year's event. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(09/26/2012) - The 2012 international figure skating season continues this week with the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series in Bled, Slovenia, and the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy.

JGP Slovenia is set for Sept. 26-30, while Nebelhorn will take place Sept. 27-29 in Oberstdorf, Germany. Eight athletes will represent the United States in ladies, men's and ice dancing in Slovenia, while nine athletes will compete in all four disciplines in Oberstdorf.

Icenetwork.com will provide event coverage, including news, photos, blogs and recaps from Bled and Oberstdorf.

NEBELHORN TROPHY

LADIES

Caroline Zhang is the 2012 Four Continents bronze medalist and finished fourth at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships after competing at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America and winning gold at the 2011 Ice Challenge.

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Like Zhang, Stephen Carriere also won gold at the Ice Challenge last season. Carriere placed sixth at the 2012 U.S. Championships after missing the previous two championships due to injury. Keegan Messing made his international senior debut at the 2011 Cup of Nice, where he won gold. He most recently finished seventh at the 2012 U.S. Championships.

PAIRS

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin begin their second season together. In their first season, they won the U.S. pairs title and the Four Continents silver medal. Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff are the 2012 U.S. pewter medalists. They made their international debut at this event in 2010 and placed fourth.

ICE DANCING

Madison Chock and Evan Bates continue their second competitive season together. They opened the year by skating at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic two weeks ago in Salt Lake City. They finished fifth at the 2012 U.S. Championships and in the top five at both Skate Canada and Trophée Eric Bompard last fall.

JGP SLOVENIA

LADIES

Courtney Hicks, the 2011 U.S. junior champion, looks for her second medal of the season after winning silver at JGP Lake Placid. Barbie Long, who finished fourth as a junior at the 2012 U.S. Championships, will make her JGP debut in Bled.

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Joshua Farris already has one gold medal to his credit this fall after winning the title in Lake Placid. Farris is the reigning world junior silver medalist and JGP Final bronze medalist. Lukas Kaugars will compete at a JGP event for the first time. He made his international debut last spring, winning gold as a junior at the Gardena Spring Trophy.

ICE DANCING

Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, the 2012 U.S. junior champions and world junior bronze medalists, look for their second gold medal of the JGP season after winning gold in Lake Placid earlier this month. With a medal, the two are poised to qualify for their second consecutive JGP Final. Elliana Pogrebinsky and Ross Gudis made their international debut earlier this month at JGP Lake Placid, where they finished sixth.