Brown Assigned to 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America(9/30/13) - Jason Brown, the 2013 World Junior silver medalist, has accepted an invitation to compete at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America where he will make his Grand Prix Series debut. Brown was invited after Evan Lysacek, the reigning Olympic champion, announced Monday at the 2013 USOC Media Summit that he will not compete at the event due to injury. Skate America is set for Oct. 18-20, 2013, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Brown began his first senior international season by winning the silver medal at 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy last week in Oberstdorf, Germany. He will also compete at 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard Nov. 15-17, in Paris.
Lysacek withdrew from last month's U.S. International Figure Skating Classic due to a slight abdominal tear. Last week, an MRI revealed a labral tear in his left hip. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Skate America will feature three days of competition in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dance. The field of competitors will include 52 world-class athletes, some of whom will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Team USA will be headlined by ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the reigning World champions. The international field features 2010 Olympic ladies silver medalist Mao Asada and men's bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, as well as 2013 World pairs champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia.
Other stops on the Grand Prix Series include Skate Canada (St. John, New Brunswick), Cup of China (Beijing), NHK Trophy (Tokyo), Trophee Eric Bompard (Paris) and Rostelecom Cup (Moscow). Skaters earn points throughout the Grand Prix Series to qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final each December. The 2013 Grand Prix Final will be held Dec. 5-8, in Fukuoka, Japan.
For event information, please visit www.2013skateamerica.com.