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U.S. sends eight skaters to World Team Trophy

Competition also features teams from Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia

Jeremy Abbott is representing the United States at the World Team Trophy for the third time.
Jeremy Abbott is representing the United States at the World Team Trophy for the third time. (Jay Adeff)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(04/09/2013) - Eight U.S. athletes will compete at the 2013 World Team Trophy, April 11-14 in Tokyo. World Team Trophy features the six best figure skating teams of the 2012-13 season, including Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Each team consists of two ladies, two men, one pair and one ice dancing couple. Skaters receive points based on their placements in the short program/dance and free skate/dance. The points are added together across the four disciplines, and the highest point total wins.

LADIES

Ashley Wagner finished fifth at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships last month in London, Ontario. She won her second straight national title at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb., in late January. Gracie Gold, the 2013 U.S. silver medalist, finished sixth at her first world championships.

MEN'S

Max Aaron is coming off a seventh-place showing at the 2013 World Championships. He won his first U.S. title in January. Jeremy Abbott, a three-time U.S. champion, will compete for the first time since winning bronze at the 2013 U.S. Championships.

PAIRS

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, the 2013 U.S. champions, finished 13th at the world championships after earning the bronze medal at the 2013 Four Continents Championships in February. They will make their World Team Trophy debut.

ICE DANCING

Madison Chock and Evan Bates won their first U.S. medal, a silver, in Omaha. They followed that with respective third- and seventh-place finishes at Four Continents and worlds.

THE COMPETITION

U.S. skaters qualified based on results of the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships, 2012 Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series and Final, 2013 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 and earned silver last year. A modified version of the World Team Trophy has been added to the schedule for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Icenetwork.com will feature news, photos and blogs from the event. Video will also be available on-demand on icenetwork.com following the conclusion of the event.