Salt Lake City to Host Two Events this Week

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2013 U.S. International Classic competition notes

(9/10/13) - Nearly 130 figure skaters will descend on Salt Lake City Sept. 11-15, to compete in two events at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex. The 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic features top athletes from around the world, while the 2013 U.S. Challenge Skate is an invitational for American skaters who have competed nationally at the intermediate, novice and junior levels.

Celebrating its second year, the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic is an International Skating Union (ISU) points-earning competition. Several athletes competing in Salt Lake City will also compete later this season in the Grand Prix Series, their country's national championships, the Four Continents and European Championships, the Olympic Winter Games and the World Championships.

Competition begins Sept. 12 with the pairs and men's short programs. All four disciplines will compete Friday, Sept. 13, with the conclusion of the pairs and men's events and the ladies short program and short dance. Competition will conclude Saturday, Sept. 14, with the ladies free skate and free dance.

Also in its second season, the U.S. Challenge Skate was developed to help prepare athletes for an international competitive experience. In addition to competing against other top skaters at their levels, athletes will have the opportunity to attend seminars, undergo training and more.

Icenetwork will broadcast live and on-demand video coverage of the International Figure Skating Classic and U.S. Challenge Skate to Season Pass subscribers. Results, news, photos and more will be available free to all users from both events.

Tickets will be available for $10 (day passes) and $30 (all-event tickets). Tickets will be available at the door starting at noon on Thursday, Sept. 12. Practice on Wednesday, Sept. 11 will be free and open to all fans while practices beginning on Thursday will be open to fans with a ticket to that day's event.

Twenty-four athletes will represent Team USA in the international event, including Meryl Davis and Charlie White, 2013 World ice dance champions.

Gracie Gold is the 2013 U.S. silver medalist. She begins her second senior season in Salt Lake. She won the silver medal at this event last fall and finished in sixth place at the 2013 World Championships. Agnes Zawadzki is the reigning U.S. bronze medalist. She looks to defend her U.S. International Classic title from a year ago. Courtney Hicks finished fourth at the 2013 U.S. Championships. She will make her senior international debut in Salt Lake. Also making her senior international debut is Samantha Cesario, who most recently finished fourth at the 2013 World Junior Championships.

Max Aaron is the 2013 U.S. champion. He hopes to defend his 2012 title at this event and in October will embark on his first Grand Prix season. Reigning World Junior champion Joshua Farris will make his senior international debut. Stephen Carriere will compete internationally for the second time since 2010, while Grant Hochstein will return to the international scene for the first time since 2011.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir begin the season as reigning U.S. champions. They will be joined by 2012 U.S. champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, who return to competition for the first time since Coughlin underwent surgery last December. Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay, the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists, finished fourth at this competition last year. Their training mates, Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea, most recently placed second at 2013 Challenge Cup last spring. 

Davis and White headline Team USA as five-time reigning U.S. champions, two-time World ice dance champions and 2010 Olympic silver medalists. Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, who finished fifth at the 2013 U.S. Championships, won bronze at the 2012 U.S. International Classic. Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus will compete at this event for a second straight year. Alissandra Aronow and Collin Brubaker, who train with Davis and White, will make their international debut in Salt Lake City.

For a schedule and lists of competitors in both events, please click here.







Samantha Cesario

Oceanside, N.Y.

Monsey, N.Y.

Gracie Gold


Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Courtney Hicks

Chino Hills, Calif.

Paramount, Calif.

Agnes Zawadzki

Des Plaines, Ill.

Colorado Springs, Colo.



Max Aaron

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Stephen Carriere



Joshua Farris

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Grant Hochstein


Artesia, Calif.


Marissa Castelli
Simon Shnapir

Cranston, R.I.
Sudbury, Mass.


Caydee Denney
John Coughlin

Ocala, Fla.
Kansas City, Mo.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Tarah Kayne
Daniel O'Shea

Fort Myers, Fla.
Gurnee, Ill.

Ellenton, Fla.

Felicia Zhang
Nathan Bartholomay

Plainsboro, N.J.
Newtown, Pa.

Ellenton, Fla.



Ice Dance

Alissandra Aronow
Collin Brubaker

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Algonquin, Ill.

Canton, Mich.

Anastasia Cannuscio
Colin McManus

Egg Harbor Twnshp, N.J.
Saugus, Mass.

Newark, Del.

Meryl Davis
Charlie White

West Bloomfield, Mich.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Canton, Mich.

Lynn Kriengkrairut
Logan Giulietti-Schmitt

Bismarck, N.D.
Oak Park, Ill.

Novi, Mich.

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