Nine Headed to Austria for Second Stop on Junior Grand Prix Series

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(8/28/2018) – Nine Americans are headed to the second event of the 2018 International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (JGP) Series this week in Linz, Austria. Competition starts on Thursday, Aug. 30, with the rhythm dance and the men’s short program. The ladies and pairs short programs will take place on Friday, Aug. 31.

In the ladies competition, Ting Cui will skate in her second-career JGP series event. Cui, who now trains in Colorado Springs, Colorado, finished sixth at JGP Australia last season. She is the reigning U.S. junior bronze medalist.

Camden Pulkinen and Dinh Tran will represent the United States in the men’s field. Last season, Pulkinen won silver at the JGP Final after earning a gold and silver medal at JGP Austria and JGP Poland, respectively. He is the reigning U.S. junior champion. Tran embarks on his second JGP series, having competed in Poland last season. He is the reigning U.S. junior silver medalist.

In the pairs field, Laiken Lockley and Keenan Prochnow will skate in their first event of the season. The duo finished fifth at both of their JGP series events last season. They are the reigning U.S. junior bronze medalists.

The United States will have two entries in the ice dance competition. The brother-sister duo of Sophia and Christopher Elder will make their season debut. They finished 11th in the junior competition at last season’s U.S. Championships. Jocelyn Haines and James Koszuta, who finished seventh in the junior competition at last year’s U.S. Championships, will be making their JGP debut.

Entering its 22nd season, the JGP Series consists of seven international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the seven scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 6-9 in Vancouver. The ISU will stream the event live on its YouTube page.


U.S. ENTRIES AT JGP AUSTRIA

 

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Ting Cui

Baltimore, Maryland

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Men

Camden Pulkinen

Scottsdale, Arizona

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Dinh Tran

San Francisco

San Francisco

Pairs

Laiken Lockley
Keenan Prochnow

Arlington Heights, Illinois
Lake Zurich, Illinois

Geneva, Illinois

 

Ice dance

Sophia Elder
Christopher Elder

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Jocelyn Haines
James Koszuta

Marietta, New York
Angola, New York

Buffalo, New York