Thirteen U.S. Athletes to Compete in Two Senior International Events this Week

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Gracie Gold performs her short program at the 2012 U.S. Championships. (U.S. Figure Skating photo)

(10/24/12) - Thirteen U.S. athletes will compete at two international events this week, including Skate Canada, the second of six events on the 2012 ISU Grand Prix Series, and Cup of Nice, an annual senior-level competition. Skate Canada is set for Oct. 26-27, in Windsor, Ontario, while Cup of Nice will take place Oct. 24-28, in Nice, France.

NBC will broadcast Skate Canada coverage of the ladies and men's free skates from 2-4 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Oct. 28. Universal Sports will provide additional coverage of the singles, pairs and dance events throughout the weekend. Terry Gannon, Michael Weiss and Tara Lipinski make up the announce team.

Icenetwork.com will provide news, features, blogs and photos from both events. On-demand video of Skate Canada will be available to Season Pass subscribers seven days following the conclusion of the event.

SKATE CANADA
Ladies
Gracie Gold, the 2012 U.S. junior champion and World Junior silver medalist, makes her Grand Prix debut in Canada. She began the season with a second-place showing at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in September. Caroline Zhang is the 2012 U.S. pewter medalist. She began the season by competing at 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy in late September.

Men
Ross Miner owns the bronze medals from the last two U.S. Championships as well as the 2012 Four Continents Championships. Now entering his third Grand Prix season, Miner won his first medal on the circuit, bronze, at 2011 NHK Trophy. He also competed at Skate Canada last fall.

Pairs
The newly formed team of Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig make their Grand Prix debut. They teamed up in May and started their competitive careers at the 2012 U.S. International Classic. They join Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin, who were bronze medalists at the U.S. International Classic.

Ice dancing
Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue won the 2012 U.S. bronze medal in their first season together. The duo already have one medal to their credit this season after winning bronze at 2012 Finlandia Trophy.

The Grand Prix Series, now in its 18th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in up to two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, set for Dec. 6-9, in Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Athletes will compete for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series.

CUP OF NICE
Men
Max Aaron stood atop his first senior international podium in September when he won gold at the 2012 U.S. International Classic. Like Aaron, Keegan Messing also has a medal-winning finish this season. The reigning Cup of Nice champion, Messing won bronze at 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy.

Pairs
Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim announced their partnership in April and will make their competitive debut in Nice.

Cup of Nice is an international figure skating competition, held annually with some exceptions since 1995, for skaters at the novice, junior and senior levels.

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2012 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Gracie Gold

Chicago

Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Caroline Zhang

Brea, Calif.

Artesia, Calif.

Men's

Ross Miner

Boston

Boston

Pairs

Lindsay Davis
Mark Ladwig

Beaumont, Calif.
Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn.

Ellenton, Fla.

Tiffany Vise
Don Baldwin

Peoria, Ariz.
Peoria, Ariz.

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ice Dancing

Madison Hubbell
Zach Donohue

Okemos, Mich.
Madison, Conn.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

2012 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE*
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event (Network)

Time

Saturday, Oct. 27

Pairs free skate and free dance (Universal Sports)

4-6 p.m.

Men's free skate (Universal Sports)

7:30-9 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 28

Ladies and men's free skates (NBC)

2-4 p.m.

Ladies and men's free skates (re-air on Universal Sports)

7-9 p.m.

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2012 CUP OF NICE

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Men's

Max Aaron

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Keegan Messing

Girdwood, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

Pairs

Alexa Scimeca
Chris Knierim

Addison, Ill.
San Diego

Colorado Springs, Colo.

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