2016-17 INTERNATIONAL FIGURE SKATING SEASON BEGINS THIS WEEK

(8/24/16) – The 2016 International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (JGP) Series kicks off Aug. 24-28, in Saint Gervais, France. The event, being held at The Rink of Saint Gervais, begins Thursday with the ladies and men’s short programs.

Seven athletes will represent the United States in ladies, men’s and ice dance. Icenetwork will provide complete event coverage including news, photos and blogs. The ISU will stream the event live on itsYouTube page.

Now in its 20th season, the JGP Series consists of seven international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the seven scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 8-11, in Marseille, France.

LADIES
2016 U.S. novice silver medalist Alexia Paganini will make her JGP Series debut. She most recently won the junior ladies event at 2016 Gardena Spring Trophy in Egna (Bolzano), Italy.

MEN
Tomoki Hiwatashi, the 2016 U.S. junior champion, will compete for his second-career JGP Series medal. He won bronze at JGP Croatia last season before earning a medal of the same color at the 2016 World Junior Championships. 2013 U.S. novice silver medalist Oleksiy Melnyk will join Hiwatashi at the event. Melnyk made his JGP Series debut in Austria last season, placing seventh.

ICE DANCE
Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko return to the JGP Series for the third consecutive season. The duo placed second and fourth in Poland and Latvia, respectively, last season. They are joined by 2014 U.S. novice silver medalists Eliana Gropman and Ian Somerville, who placed 10th at 2016 JGP United States.

The 2016 Junior Grand Prix Series consists of the remaining events:

  • JGP Czech Republic: Ostrava, Czech Republic – Aug. 31-Sept. 4 (includes pairs)
  • JGP Japan: Yokohama, Japan – Sept. 7-11
  • JGP Russia: Saransk, Russia – Sept. 14-18 (includes pairs)
  • JGP Slovenia: Ljubljana, Slovenia – Sept. 21-25
  • JGP Estonia: Tallinn, Estonia – Sept. 28-Oct. 2 (includes pairs)
  • JGP Germany: Dresden, Germany – Oct. 5-9 (includes pairs)
  • JGP Final: Marseille, France – Dec. 8-11 (includes pairs)

U.S. ENTRIES AT JGP FRANCE

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Alexia Paganini

Harrison, New York

Hackensack, New Jersey

Men

Tomoki Hiwatashi

Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Monument, Colorado

Oleksiy Melnyk

Reston, Virginia

Reston, Virginia

Ice dance

Christina Carreira
Anthony Ponomarenko

Montreal
Novi, Michigan

Novi, Michigan

Eliana Gropman
Ian Somerville

Silver Spring, Maryland
Bethesda, Maryland

Rockville, Maryland

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