Lysacek's listing headlines U.S. GP selections
U.S. champs in all four disciplines will compete at Skate America; Farris, Brown earn assignments
|Evan Lysacek will return to competition for the first time since winning Olympic gold. (Getty Images)|
Skate America, the first event in the International Skating Union's Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, will take place Oct. 18-20, in Detroit, and will feature four reigning U.S. champions: Ashley Wagner (ladies), Max Aaron (men's), Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir (pairs) and Meryl Davis and Charlie White (ice dancing). Wagner, and Davis and White will defend titles there.
The 2012 U.S. pairs champions, Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, will also compete at Skate America. The pair claimed the bronze last year at 2012 Skate America, but then missed the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and 2013 World Figure Skating Championships due to injury.
Lysacek will not take part in any other Grand Prix events, but his appearance in Detroit should pave the way for an Olympic run. His old rival, Johnny Weir -- who briefly returned to competition last year -- is not listed for any Grand Prix assignments.
Reigning world junior champion Joshua Farris and 2012 Junior Grand Prix Final champion Jason Brown will make their Grand Prix debuts on the senior level. Two-time reigning U.S. junior dance champions Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton will also make their senior debuts.
All-event ticket packages for Skate America go on sale at 10 a.m. ET on Monday and will be available by visiting 2013skateamerica.com or the Joe Louis Arena box office. Starting at $90 per seat, all-event ticket packages include admission to all five ticketed sessions, including the Skating Spectacular, an exhibition of champions following the event. All-event ticket packages also include access to all official practices.
The Grand Prix Series, entering its 19th season, incorporates six international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters. At the conclusion of the series, athletes' points are totaled, and the top six ladies, men, pairs and ice dancing teams are invited to compete at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The 2013 Grand Prix Final is scheduled for Dec. 5-8, 2013, in Fukuoka, Japan.
The complete list of skater selections for the 2013 Grand Prix Series is available at isu.org. The full list of U.S. selections is below. (Lineups are subject to change.)
2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America -- Detroit -- Oct. 18-20
Ladies: Wagner, Caroline Zhang, TBA
Men's: Aaron, Lysacek, TBA
Pairs: Castelli and Shnapir, Denney and Coughlin, TBA
Ice Dancing: Davis and White, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, TBA
Skate Canada International -- Saint John, New Brunswick -- Oct. 25-27
Ladies: Christina Gao, Gracie Gold
Men's: Jeremy Abbott, Farris, Ross Miner
Pairs: Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker
Ice Dancing: Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue
Cup of China -- Beijing -- Nov. 1-3
Ladies: Agnes Zawadzki
Men's: Richard Dornbush
Pairs: Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim, Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay
Ice Dancing: Aldridge and Eaton, Madison Chock and Evan Bates
NHK Trophy -- Tokyo -- Nov. 8-10
Ladies: Gold, Mirai Nagasu
Men's: Aaron, Abbott, Adam Rippon
Pairs: Castelli and Shnapir, Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier
Ice Dancing: Davis and White, Shibutani and Shibutani
Trophée Eric Bompard -- Paris -- Nov. 15-17
Ladies: Gao, Wagner
Men's: Brown, Miner
Pairs: Denney and Coughlin
Rostelecom Cup -- Moscow -- Nov. 22-24
Ladies: Nagasu, Zawadzki
Men's: Dornbush, Farris
Pairs: Scimeca and Knierim, Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer
Ice Dancing: Chock and Bates
Information from U.S. Figure Skating was used in this report.