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Championships. Knowing that anything can happen makes


Brubaker and Davis, 21, optimistic about their chances at Skate Canada as well as qualifying for the Olympics. “Tings are always wide open,” Brubaker


said. “Tat’s the great thing about sports in gener- al, anything can happen at any time. It’s all about the next seven months — every day counts.” Aldridge and Eaton, two-time World Junior


bronze medalists, received an invitation to com- pete at Cup of China. “I lived in Beijing with my family 17 years


ago,” Aldridge said. “It will be great to go back because Beijing was where I first stepped on the ice.”


Te duo enters the Olympic campaign, they said, with nothing to lose. “We haven’t yet skated anywhere in Asia but


we hear how amazing it is to perform in front of the fans,” Eaton said. “We can’t wait to go out show our new programs and enjoy the experi- ence.”


While Team USA has many newcomers to


the Grand Prix Series, it also has several veterans who figure to challenge for medals and spots at the Grand Prix Final. Olympic champion Evan Lysacek is sched- uled to compete at Skate America. It would be the first time that the 28-year-old from Naper- ville, Ill., has competed since his triumph in Vancouver in 2010. Joining Lysacek in Detroit will be all the 2013 U.S. champions: Max Aar- on, Ashley Wagner, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir and Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Five-time reigning U.S. ice dance champi-


ons Davis and White hope to win their record fifth consecutive Grand Prix Final title. Tey’ll compete at Skate America, where they have won three straight titles, and NHK Trophy in Japan.


Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton enter their first Grand Prix Series season with a nothing-to-lose attitude.


Rockne Brubaker and Lindsay Davis make their Grand Prix Series debut together under coaches Marina Zoueva and Johnny Johns.


2013-14 U.S. Qualifying Events Event/Date, Location


EASTERN GREAT LAKES REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Oct. 5-8, Louisville, Ky.


NORTHWEST PACIFIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Oct. 5-8, Tacoma, Wash.


NORTH ATLANTIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Oct. 5-8, Lake Placid, N.Y.


SOUTHWESTERN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Oct. 12-15, Grapevine, Texas


NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Oct. 12-15, Newington, Conn.


CENTRAL PACIFIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Oct. 12-15, Vacaville, Calif.


2013-14 International Events (subject to change)


Event/Date, Location


JUNIOR GRAND PRIX Aug. 27-Sept. 1, Riga, Latvia


JUNIOR GRAND PRIX Sep. 4-8, Mexico City, Mexico


JUNIOR GRAND PRIX Sept. 11-15, Kosice, Slovakia


U.S. INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC Sept.11-15, Salt Lake City, Utah


JUNIOR GRAND PRIX Sept. 18-22, Gdansk, Poland


NEBELHORN TROPHY Sept. 25-28, Oberstdorf, Germany


JUNIOR GRAND PRIX Sept. 25-29, Minsk, Belarus


JUNIOR GRAND PRIX Oct. 2-6, Ostrava, Czech Republic


ONDREJ NEPELA TROPHY Oct. 3-5, Bratislava, Slovakia


No one is more excited to compete this season in the Grand Prix Series than Jason Brown.


JAPAN OPEN Oct. 5, Saitama, Japan FINLANDIA TROPHY


Oct. 4-6, Espoo, Finland


JUNIOR GRAND PRIX Oct. 9-13, Tallinn, Estonia


SKATE AMERICA Oct.18-20, Detroit, Michigan


COUPE DE NICE Oct. 23-27, Nice, France


SKATE CANADA Oct. 25-27, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada


CUP OF CHINA Nov. 1-3, Beijing, China


NHK TROPHY Nov. 8-10, Tokyo, Japan


TROPHÉE ERIC BOMPARD Nov. 15-17, Paris, France


ICE CHALLENGE Nov. 19-24, Graz, Austria


SOUTH ATLANTIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Oct. 19-22, Indian Trail, N.C.


UPPER GREAT LAKES REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Oct. 19-22, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


SOUTHWEST PACIFIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Oct. 19-22, Anaheim, Calif.


PACIFIC COAST SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Nov. 19-23, Oakland, Calif.


EASTERN SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Nov. 19-23, Ashburn, Va.


MIDWESTERN SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Nov. 19-23, East Lansing, Mich.


U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS January 5-12, Boston


ROSTELECOM CUP Nov. 22-24, Moscow, Russia


JUNIOR/GRAND PRIX FINAL Dec. 5-8, Fukuoka, Japan


GOLDEN SPIN Dec. 5-8, Zagreb, Croatia


FOUR CONTINENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS Jan. 20-26, Taipei City, Chinese Taipei


OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES Feb. 7-23, Sochi, Russia


CHALLENGE CUP March 5-9, The Hague, Netherlands


WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS March 10-16, Sofia, Bulgaria


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS March 24-30, Tokyo/Saitama, Japan


GARDENA SPRING TROPHY March 28-30, Selva Val Gardena, Italy


SKATING 15


JAY ADEFF/U.S. FIGURE SKATING


JACQUES TIEGS PHOTO


JAY ADEFF/U.S. FIGURE SKATING


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