U.S. Lineup Announced for 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic

-Team USA Headlined by Olympic and World Medalists-

(7/23/13) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the U.S. entries for the 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, scheduled for Sept. 11-15, in Salt Lake City. The international senior competition, in its second year, will feature more than 70 athletes representing nearly 20 countries.

Several members of Team USA will begin their quests for a spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team at this event. Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the five-time reigning U.S. champions and 2013 World ice dance champions, headline Team USA. They will be joined by Max Aaron, the 2013 U.S. champion; the 2013 U.S. silver medalist Gracie Gold; reigning U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir; and other U.S. and World medalists. Evan Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic champion, is expected to compete for the first time since winning gold at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

The international field will include athletes from Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Chinese Taipei and more. International athletes will be confirmed at a later date.

U.S. Figure Skating is working with Salt Lake Figure Skating to host this event at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex, which served as the official training venue for figure skating at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

In conjunction with the International Figure Skating Classic, U.S. Figure Skating will host the U.S. Novice & Junior Challenge Skate, an invitational for American skaters who have competed domestically at the intermediate, novice and junior levels. The goal of the event is for skaters to experience what an international competition is like. In addition to competing against other top skaters at their levels, athletes will have the opportunity to attend seminars, undergo media training and more.

Icenetwork.com will provide complete event coverage of the U.S. International Classic and Challenge Skate. Exclusive streaming video of all competition will be available to subscribers, while free recaps, news and photos will be accessible to all users.

Ticket information and the broadcast schedule will be available in late-August. For more information, please visit www.usfigureskatingclassic.com.

U.S. lineup for 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic
(subject to change)

Ladies: Samantha Cesario; Gracie Gold; Courtney Hicks; Agnes Zawadzki
Men's: Max Aaron; Stephen Carriere; Joshua Farris; Evan Lysacek
Pairs: Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir; Caydee Denney and John Coughlin; Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea; Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay
Ice Dancing: Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus; Meryl Davis and Charlie White; Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt; Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani

2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic day-by-day schedule
(subject to change)

Wednesday, Sept. 11
Official practice
Thursday, Sept. 12
Pairs short program; Men's short program
Friday, Sept. 13
Short dance; Ladies short program; Pairs free skate; Men's free skate
Saturday, Sept. 14
Ladies free skate; Free dance

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