Team USA Sends 18 Athletes to 2013 World Junior Championships

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(2/25/13) - Eighteen athletes will represent Team USA at the 2013 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships Feb. 25-March 3, in Milan. Icenetwork.com will provide news, blogs, photos and more from the event. Competition begins Wednesday with the short dance and pairs short program and concludes Saturday with the men's and ladies free skates.

Ladies
Courtney Hicks is the 2013 U.S. pewter medalist. She will make her second World Junior appearance, having placed sixth in 2011. Samantha Cesario finished eighth as a senior at the 2013 U.S. Championships. Cesario is a three-time Junior Grand Prix Series (JGP) medalist and won bronze last fall at JGP Austria. Yasmin Siraj, who finished sixth as a senior at the 2013 U.S. Championships, will compete internationally for the first time since finishing fifth at 2011 JGP Latvia.

Men
Team USA will be represented by two World Junior veterans in Milan. Joshua Farris recorded his best senior-level finish, fourth, at the 2013 U.S. Championships last month. He is the reigning World Junior silver medalist and also won the 2012 JGP Final silver medal in December. Jason Brown will compete to improve upon his 2012 World Junior bronze medal. He also competed at the 2012 JGP Final, finishing fourth, and was eighth at the 2013 U.S. Championships. Shotaro Omori is the 2013 U.S. junior silver medalist. He has competed internationally for two seasons and recorded a pair of fourth place finishes at JGP events in Germany and Turkey last fall.

Pairs
Two of Team USA's pairs teams are holdovers from the 2012 event. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier competed as seniors at the 2013 U.S. Championships, where they finished fifth. They were fourth at the 2012 World Junior Championships. Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer celebrated their first U.S. junior title in January. They will look to improve upon a 10th-place finish at the 2012 World Junior Championships. Jessica Noelle Calalang and Zack Sidhu, the 2013 U.S. junior silver medalists, have skated together since 2010 and will make their World Junior debut in Milan.

Ice dance
Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton hope to earn their second World Junior medal after winning bronze in 2012. They are two-time reigning U.S. junior champions and 2012 JGP Final bronze medalists. In their first season together, Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker won the U.S. junior silver medal. They competed at two JGP events last fall, placing second and fifth in Germany and Turkey, respectively. Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter earned their second straight U.S. junior bronze medals at the 2013 U.S. Championships. They made their international debut last fall, competing in two JGP events.

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2013 ISU WORLD JUNIOR FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Samantha Cesario

Oceanside, N.Y.

Monsey, N.Y.

Courtney Hicks

Chino Hills, Calif.

El Segundo, Calif.

Yasmin Siraj

Brookline, Mass.

Boston

Men

Jason Brown

Highland Park, Ill.

Highland Park/Northbrook, Ill.

Joshua Farris

Renton, Wash.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Shotaro Omori

La Mirada, Calif.

Riverside, Calif.

Pairs

Jessica Noelle Calalang
Zack Sidhu

Glenview, Ill.
Las Vegas

Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Haven Denney
Brandon Frazier

Ocala, Fla.
Tampa, Fla.

Coral Springs, Fla.

Britney Simpson
Matthew Blackmer

Golden, Colo.
Detroit

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ice dance

Alexandra Aldridge
Daniel Eaton

Birmingham, Mich.
Bloomfield, Mich.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Kaitlin Hawayek
Jean-Luc Baker

East Aurora, N.Y.
Edmonds, Wash.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Lorraine McNamara
Quinn Carpenter

Germantown, Md.
Wheaton, Md.

Rockville/Wheaton, Md.

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