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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 or the Joe Louis Arena box office in Detroit.


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


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


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


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

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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