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U.S. Figure Skating names international teams

Alissa CzisnyU.S. Figure Skating announced its international selections for ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing events at the Four Continents Championships, the World Junior Championships and the World Championships following the conclusion of the U.S. Championships in Cleveland.

Four Continents Championships

The Four Continents Championships is Feb. 2-8 in Vancouver, Canada.

Representing Team USA in the ladies competition is Alissa Czisny, U.S. Champion; Rachael Flatt, silver medalist; and Caroline Zhang, brone medalist. The alternates are Ashley Wagner, fourth; Mirai Nagasu, fifth; and Katrina Hacker, sixth.

The men are Jeremy Abbott, U.S. Champion; Brandon Mroz, silver medalist; and Evan Lysacek, bronze medalist. The alternates are Ryan Bradley, fourth; Johnny Weir, fifth; and Curran Oi, sixth.

The pairs are Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker, U.S. Champions; Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett, silver medalists; and Rena Inoue and John Baldwin, bronze medalists. Alternates are Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig, fourth; Brooke Castile and Ben Okolski, fifth; and Chloe Katz and Joseph Lynch, sixth.

The ice dancers are Meryl Davis and Charlie White, U.S. Champions; Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates, silver medalists; and Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, bronze medalists. Alternates are Jane Summersett and Todd Gilles, sixth; Trina Pratt and Chris Obzansky, seventh; and Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, eighth.

World Junior Championships

The World Junior Championships are Feb. 23-March 1 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Representing the United States in the ladies competition are Zhang; Wagner; and Nagasu. The alternates are Hacker; Alexe Gilles, ninth; Brittney Rizo, seventh; and Angela Maxwell, eighth.

The men are Oi; Rippon, seventh; and Ross Miner, Junior Men’s Champion. The alternates are Armin Mahbanoozadeh, sixth in junior men’s; Alexander Johnson, third in junior men’s; and Richard Dornbush, who withdrew from the junior men’s event at nationals because of the flu.

The pairs are Brynn Carman and Chris Knierim, silver medalists in junior pairs, and Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, bronze medalists in junior pairs. Alternates are Molly Aaron and Daniyel Cohen, fifth in junior pairs; Brittany Chase and Andrew Speroff, sixth in junior pairs; and Kloe Bautista and Galvani Hopson, ninth in junior pairs.

The ice dancers are Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein, U.S. Junior Ice Dance Champions; Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell, fourth; Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, silver medalists in junior ice dance. Alternates are Piper Gilles and Zach Donohue, bronze medalists in junior ice dance; Shannon Wingle and Timothy McKernan, pewter medalists in junior ice dance; and Isabella Cannuscio and Ian Lorello, fifth in junior ice dance.

World Championships

The World Championships are March 22-29 in Los Angeles.

The American ladies competing at Worlds are Czisny and Flatt. The alternates are Zhang, Wagner and Nagasu.

The men are Abbott, Mroz and Lysacek. The alternates are Weir, Bradley and Carriere.

The pairs are McLaughlin and Brubaker and Denney and Barrett. The alternates are Inoue and Baldwin, Evora and Ladwig and Castile and Okolski.

The ice dancers are Davis and White, Samuelson and Bates and Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, the five-time U.S. Champions who petitioned for a spot on the team after withdrawing from nationals because of Agosto’s back injury. The alternates are Navarrao and Bommentre, Hubbell and Hubbell, Summersett and Gilles and Pratt and Obzansky.


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