USA & Other Countries JGP Nominees announced
INITIAL U.S. ATHLETES ANNOUNCED FOR 2008 ISU JUNIOR GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING SERIES
Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 11, 2008) – U.S. Figure Skating has announced the initial athlete selections for the 2008 ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series, which will begin Aug. 27-31 in Courchevel, France. The series incorporates eight prestigious international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters.
The JGP Series consists of the following events:
JGP France, Courchevel , France , Aug. 27-31
JGP Italy, Merano , Italy , Sept. 3-7
JGP Mexico, Mexico City , Mexico , Sept. 10-14
JGP Czech Republic, Ostrava , Czech Republic , Sept. 17-21
JPG Spain, Madrid , Spain , Sept. 24-27
JGP Belarus, Gomel , Belarus , Oct. 1-5
JGP South Africa, Cape Town , South Africa , Oct. 8-12
JGP Great Britain, Sheffield , Great Britain , Oct. 15-18
JGP Final, Seoul , South Korea , Dec. 10-14
The following U.S. athletes have been selected to participate in a JGP event. Official assignments will be named no later than 30 days prior to each competition. This is a preliminary listing of participants and is subject to change.
Here's the link to the USFS press release: http://www.usfigureskating.org/Story.asp?id=41564
2008 Nationals level/placements & JGP Final/Jr. Worlds results added below.
* = making JGP debut in 2008-09
*Becky Bereswill S10, Melissa Bulanhagui S8, *Amanda Dobbs J5, Alexe Gilles J1/JGPF6, Angela Maxwell J2, Kristine Musademba J4/JGPF4, *Brittney Rizo J3, *Marissa Secundy N1
Richard Dornbush J4, *Andrew Gonzales J3, Eliot Halverson S13, Alexander Johnson J7, Armin Mahbanoozadeh J8/JGPF3, Keegan Messing J5, Curran Oi J6, *Daniel O'Shea N1
*Kloe Bautista & Galvani Hopson N4, *Brynn Carman & Christopher Knierim N1, Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir N3, *Brittany Chase & Andrew Speroff N2
Sara Bailey & Kyle Herring J7, Isabella Cannuscio & Ian Lorello J9, Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein J3/JGPF5, Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell J1/JW5, *Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani J4, Rachel Tibbetts & Collin Brubaker J10
Interesting The Hubbles are remaining Junior. I also think the US will come up with lots of medals in Jr. GPs and the Jr. Worlds.
The burr up Speedy's Butt!
It is exciting to see Maia & Alex Shibutani finally arrive on the Junior Grand Prix competitors list. I will be watching this dance duo closely this coming season. Best wishes for a successful start to their competitive career.
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I'm not that surprised to see the Hubbells staying in Juniors. They only competed twice this past season, so I think they could use one last season on the Junior circuit. Along with that, I'm hoping they'll keep their FD (I loved it) but compete at Senior Nationals.
And I can't wait to see the Shibutanis. I love them already.
I'm looking forward to Marissa Secundy. I think she will be special some day.
All the Men look about even although I wonder what they will think of Keegan Messing.
Carman and Knieran will be special some day.
The Hubbels should walk away with the GPs. I'd like to see Rocky's brother, Collin Brubaker make a splash with his partner, Rachel Tibbetts.
The Hubbells won't be a shoo-in, as they will have Riazanova/Guerreiro to contend with; I expect R/G will be formidable competitors this season. They finished right behind the Hubbells at JW, only 4.18 back. Ukrainians Agafonova/Dun, Canadians Ralph/Hill and Americans Chock/Zuerlein should also be strong JGP contenders.
That will make the event all that more interesting. But I have a soft sport for the Hubbells.
Originally Posted by chuckm
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