Team USA ships 17 to Finlandia, JGP Croatia
Weir, Nagasu headline Finlandia group; Chen goes for second gold in Croatia
|Johnny Weir returns to the ice for the first time since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. (Getty Images)|
JGP Croatia is set for Oct. 3-7, in Zagreb, Croatia, while Finlandia Trophy will take place Oct. 4-7, in Espoo, Finland. Twelve athletes will represent the United States in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing in Croatia, while five athletes will compete in singles and ice dancing in Espoo.
Icenetwork.com will provide event coverage, including news, photos, blogs and recaps from both events.
Held annually since 1995, Finlandia Trophy is a senior-level competition for singles, ice dancing and synchronized skating.
Johnny Weir will compete for the first time since placing sixth at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. His only other career appearance at this event came in 2003, when he won the silver medal. Weir is a three-time U.S. champion.
Richard Dornbush, the 2011 U.S. silver medalist, opens his second senior international season. Last year, he placed fourth and sixth, respectively, at Skate America and Cup of China. Weir and Dornbush will also go head-to-head at 2012 Rostelecom Cup in November, while Weir will also compete at 2012 Trophée Bompard and Dornbush at 2012 NHK Trophy later this fall.
Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue open their second season together. Their first season saw them place third at the 2012 U.S. Championships and enjoy top-10 finishes at both the Four Continents and world championships.
Hannah Miller looks for her second medal of the season and to qualify for the JGP Final. She is the 2012 JGP Austria silver medalist and U.S. junior bronze medalist. Like Miller, Angela Wang already has one medal to her credit this season after winning bronze at JGP Lake Placid.
Nathan Chen, the reigning U.S. junior champion, recorded a huge win in his first career JGP event a few weeks ago in Austria. With 222.00 points, he bested the competition by 36 points. Harrison Choate narrowly missed the podium at the season-opening JGP France in August.
Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage opened their international careers with a third-place finish at JGP Lake Placid. They will be joined in Zagreb by Jessica Noelle Calalang and Zack Sidhu, who began their season at JGP Austria, and Christina Zaitsev and Ernie Stevens, who will make their international and junior-level debut. They are the 2012 U.S. novice pewter medalists.
Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons, the 2012 U.S. junior pewter medalists, make their second appearance of the season. They opened the year with a sixth-place showing at JGP Austria.