Athlete Assignments Announced for 2013 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series

(6/3/13) - The International Skating Union (ISU) announced today athlete selections for the 2013 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which will begin Oct. 18-20, with 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America in Detroit. Skate America will feature the four reigning U.S. champions Ashley Wagner (ladies), Max Aaron (men), Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir (pairs) and Meryl Davis and Charlie White (ice dancing). Evan Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic champion, will also represent Team USA at Skate America. He will attempt to defend his Olympic title at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games next February in Sochi, Russia.

All-event ticket packages for Skate America go on sale at 10 a.m. ET today and will be available by visiting www.2013skateamerica.com or the Joe Louis Arena box office. Starting at $90 per seat, all-event ticket packages include admission to all five ticketed sessions, including the Smucker's Skating Spectacular, an exhibition of champions following the event. All-event ticket packages also include access to all official practices.

The Grand Prix Series, entering its 19th season, incorporates six international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters. At the conclusion of the series, athletes' points are totaled, and the top six ladies, men, pairs and ice dancing teams are invited to compete at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The Grand Prix Final is scheduled for Dec. 5-8, 2013, in Fukuoka, Japan.

The complete list of athlete selections for the 2013 Grand Prix Series is available at www.isu.org. The list of U.S. selections is below. (Lineups are subject to change.)

U.S. LINEUP FOR 2013 ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING SERIES

2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America - Detroit - Oct. 18-20
Ladies: Ashley Wagner; Caroline Zhang; TBA
Men's: Max Aaron; Evan Lysacek; TBA
Pairs: Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir; Caydee Denney and John Coughlin; TBA
Ice Dancing: Meryl Davis and Charlie White; Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani; TBA

Skate Canada International - Saint John, New Brunswick - Oct. 25-27
Ladies: Christina Gao; Gracie Gold
Men's: Jeremy Abbott; Joshua Farris; Ross Miner
Pairs: Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker
Ice Dancing: Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue

Cup of China - Beijing - Nov. 1-3
Ladies: Agnes Zawadzki
Men's: Richard Dornbush
Pairs: Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim; Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay
Ice Dancing: Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton; Madison Chock and Evan Bates

NHK Trophy - Tokyo - Nov. 8-10
Ladies: Gracie Gold; Mirai Nagasu
Men's: Max Aaron; Jeremy Abbott; Adam Rippon
Pairs: Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir; Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier
Ice Dancing: Meryl Davis and Charlie White; Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani

Trophee Eric Bompard - Paris - Nov. 15-17
Ladies: Christina Gao; Ashley Wagner
Men's: Jason Brown; Ross Miner
Pairs: Caydee Denney and John Coughlin

Rostelecom Cup - Moscow - Nov. 22-24
Ladies: Mirai Nagasu; Agnes Zawadzki
Men's: Richard Dornbush; Joshua Farris
Pairs: Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim; Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer
Ice Dancing:
Madison Chock and Evan Bates