ISU Challenger Series Continues with Tallinn Trophy

(11/26/18)Nine U.S. athletes will compete at 2018 Tallinn Trophy, the ninth and penultimate event of the 2018 International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series, Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, in Tallinn, Estonia.

In the ladies competition, 2017 U.S. champion Karen Chen will make her first appearance of the season after suffering a foot injury earlier this year. Ting Cui will make her senior international debut in Estonia.

Olympian Vincent Zhou will represent the United States in the men’s field. Zhou finished just off the podium at NHK Trophy earlier this month.

Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea, and Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson will compete in the pairs competition. Kayne and O’Shea, who this season relocated to Colorado Springs to train, captured the silver medal at Internationaux de France last week. Calalang and Johnson return to Challenger Series ice after making their debut as a pair at Autumn Classic International where they finished fourth.

U.S. junior ice dance champions Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko will make their third Challenger Series appearance of the season, earning the silver medal at U.S. International Classic and the bronze at Nebelhorn Trophy. The duo recently won their first Grand Prix medal at Rostelecom Cup.


U.S. ENTRIES AT 2018 TALLINN TROPHY

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Karen Chen

Fremont, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ting Cui

Baltimore

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Men

Vincent Zhou

Palo Alto, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Pairs

Jessica Calalang
Brian Johnson

Aliso Viejo, California
Farmington Hills, Michigan

Aliso Viejo, California

Tarah Kayne
Danny O’Shea

Bradenton, Florida
Gurnee, Illinois

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ice Dance

Christina Carreira
Anthony Ponomarenko

Boisbriand, Quebec
Novi, Michigan

Novi, Michigan