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G RAND P RIX S ERIES PRE VIE W ON THE CLOCK


TIME IS NOW FOR TEAM USA AND ITS QUEST FOR SOCHI by TROY SCHWINDT


Receiving your first ISU Grand Prix of Fig-


ure Skating Series assignment in an Olympic year can seem a bit surreal as World Junior silver med- alist Jason Brown can attest.


“I found out at 4:30 in the morning through


a text from my coach Kori (Ade), and I literally jumped out of my bed freaking out,” Brown, 18, from Highland Park, Ill., said. “I was beyond ex- cited and shocked. I’ve seen the Grand Prix list for the past five years and I couldn’t believe that my name was under one of the events. I still can’t believe I’m going to Paris.” Brown, the 2011 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, will travel to Paris, France, for Tro- phée Bompard. Te Grand Prix Series, entering its 19th sea- son, incorporates six international figure skating competitions in 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 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Te Grand Prix Final is scheduled for Dec. 5‒8 in Fukuoka, Japan.


Hilton HHonors Skate America kicks off


the 2013 Grand Prix Series Oct. 18‒20 in De- troit. Skaters competing in the Grand Prix Series will use the tough international competition as a tune-up for their Olympic-qualifying national events. In this all-important Olympic campaign,


Brown said his goals in Paris remain simple ones. “I want to stay focused and calm and per-


form two strongly executed and well-performed programs, and try not to get too star-struck by being in the same event as some of the top skat- ers in the world,” said Brown, who now lives and trains in Colorado Springs. Joining Brown in making their Grand Prix


Series debuts for Team USA are U.S. champi- on Max Aaron, World Junior champion Joshua Farris, the new pairs team of Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker, U.S. pairs bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay, World Junior pairs champions Haven Denney and


All-event tickets for


Skate America are available at www.2013skateamerica.com or the Joe Louis Arena box office in Detroit.


14 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2013


U.S. Grand Prix Assignments (lineups subject to change)


SKATE AMERICA


OCT. 18-20, DETROIT Ashley Wagner Caroline Zhang Max Aaron


Evan Lysacek


Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir Caydee Denney/John Coughlin Meryl Davis/Charlie White


Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani SKATE CANADA


OCT. 25-27, ST. JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK Christina Gao Gracie Gold


Jeremy Abbott Joshua Farris Ross Miner


Lindsay Davis/Rockne Brubaker


Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue CUP OF CHINA


NOV. 1-3, BEIJING Agnes Zawadzki Richard Dornbush


Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim


Felicia Zhang/Nathan Bartholomay Alexandra Aldridge/Daniel Eaton Madison Chock/Evan Bates


NHK TROPHY


NOV. 8-10, TOKYO Gracie Gold


Mirai Nagasu Max Aaron


Jeremy Abbott Adam Rippon


Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier Meryl Davis/Charlie White Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani


TROPHÉE BOMPARD NOV. 15-17, PARIS Christina Gao


Ashley Wagner Jason Brown Ross Miner


Caydee Denney/John Coughlin ROSTELECOM CUP


NOV. 22-24, MOSCOW Mirai Nagasu


Agnes Zawadzki


Richard Dornbush Joshua Farris


Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim


Britney Simpson/Matthew Blackmer Madison Chock/Evan Bates


The complete list of skater


selections for the 2013 Grand Prix Series is available at www.isu.org.


Brandon Frazier and two-time U.S. junior dance champions Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Ea- ton.


For Brubaker, who won two U.S. pairs ti- tles and competed on the Grand Prix circuit with Keauna McLaughlin, the time is now for his part- nership with Davis to flourish as the 2014 Olym- pic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, are now just months away. Brubaker and Davis will compete at Skate Canada. McLaughlin and Brubaker, the 2008 and 2009 U.S. champions, missed out on their Olympic dream when they finished a disappoint- ing fifth at the 2010 U.S. Championships. “Training is going really well,” Brubaker,


27, said. “Tough we still have a lot to get done, we are right on track to be ready for the season. One of the best things that Lindsay and I have going for ourselves is that we are both headed in the same direction. As a team we know where we want to go, what we have to do and when we have to do it. It sounds simple but it’s where the success of any team begins.” Following his partnership with McLaughlin,


Brubaker began training with Mary Beth Marley. After just 16 months together, the team won the silver medal at the 2012 U.S. Championships. Davis earned the pewter medal with Mark Lad- wig in their first year together at the 2013 U.S.


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