(9/8/2015) – U.S. Figure Skating announced the U.S. entries for the 2015 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, scheduled for September 16-20 in Salt Lake City. The international senior competition has been held annually since 2012.
Reigning U.S. bronze medalist Karen Chen (ladies), Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea (pairs) and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (ice dance) headline Team USA. They will be joined by 2013 U.S. silver medalist Ross Miner, 2011 U.S. silver medalist Richard Dornbush and Salt Lake City native Angela Wang.
The U.S. International Classic will be the first in a series of 10 competitions that will make up the ISU Challenger Series. Per the ISU, participation in the Challenger Series is open to skaters/couples of ISU Members who are eligible for international senior-level competitions and have been entered by their member federation. Athletes may participate in up to three Challenger Series events.
The series was formed to give adequate opportunities for athletes to compete at the Senior level and earn world-standing points. Participation in the Challenger Seires does not preclude athletes from competing in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series or other ISU-sanctioned senior level events.
U.S. Figure Skating is working with Salt Lake County and Salt Lake Figure Skating to host the event at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex, which served as the official training venue for figure skating at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
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In conjunction with the International Figure Skating Classic, U.S. Figure Skating will host the ladies and men’s events of the U.S. Novice & Junior Challenge Skate, an invitational for nearly 100 American skaters who have competed at a sectional or U.S. championship at the intermediate, novice and junior levels. The event’s goal is for skaters to experience an international competition setting. In addition to competing against other top skaters at their levels, athletes will have the opportunity to attend seminars and more.
Team USA lineup for 2015 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (subject to change)
Ladies: Karen Chen, Angela Wang
Men: Timothy Dolensky, Richard Dornbush, Ross Miner
Pairs: Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran, Gretchen Donlan & Nathan Bartholomay, Tarah Kayne & Daniel O’Shea
Ice Dance: Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue, Danielle Thomas & Daniel Eaton
2015 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic day-by-day schedule (subject to change)
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Thursday, Sept. 17
Pairs short program, men’s short program
Friday, Sept. 18
Short dance, ladies short program, pairs free skate, men’s free skate
Saturday, Sept. 19
Ladies free skate, free dance