Developmental Team Skaters Head to Canada for Three Competitions

Lauri Bonacorsi and Travis Mager compete at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Photo by Paul Harvath

(8/6/2009) - Fifty-nine U.S. skaters will take part in three competitions over the next two weeks in Canada as part of U.S. Figure Skating's Developmental International program. Twenty athletes head to Boucherville, Quebec, this week for the Quebec Summer Championships. Next week, 17 U.S. skaters will take the ice at the Central Ontario Summer Skate in Thornhill, Ontario, while 22 others will compete at the BC/YT Section Summerskate in Burnaby, British Columbia.

The Developmental International program was created by the Athlete Development Committee in 2007 as a way to replace the North American Challenge Skate. The purpose is to provide up-and-coming skaters with an opportunity to gain international experience and exposure. Skaters are responsible for paying their own expenses for the competition. Competitors at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the novice level and medalists at the 2009 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships at the intermediate level are invited to participate. In addition, junior- and senior-level competitors at the 2009 U.S. Championships and 2009 sectional championships identified by the International Committee are also invited to participate.

Past participants in the Developmental International program include World Junior ice dancing champions Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein, World Junior pairs bronze medalists Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir, and U.S. junior champion DeeDee Leng.

Read more about the Developmental Team here and the Developmental International program here.


U.S. Entries at Quebec Summer Championships, Aug. 6-9
Senior Ladies
Christina Gao, Samantha Cesario

Junior Ladies
Haley Dunne, Mary Beth Marley, Christine Mozer, Kendall Wyckoff

Novice Ladies
Courtney Hicks, Katarina Kulgeyko

Junior Men
Allen Gaghinjian

Novice Men
Timothy Dolensky

Junior Pairs
Olivia Gibbons & Tyler Harris

Novice Pairs
Kaitlin Budd & Matthew Blackmer, Meredith Pipkin & Brett Dunie-Neustadt, Marissa Spector & Christopher Nolan

Novice Dance
Danvi Pham & Vu Pham


U.S. Entries at Central Ontario Summer Skate, Aug. 13-16
Senior Ladies
Kristiene Gong

Junior Men
Christopher Fernandes, Colin Grafton, Ryan Hartley, Jay Yostanto

Junior Pairs
Kylie Duarte & Colin Grafton

Novice Pairs
Olivia Oltmanns & Tyler Broderick

Junior Dance
Lauri Bonacorsi & Travis Mager, Charlotte Lichtman & Dean Copely, Anastasia Olson & Jordan Cowan

Novice Dance
Danielle Gamelin & Alexander Gamelin


U.S. Entries at BC/YT Section Summerskate, Aug. 13-16
Junior Ladies
Vanessa Lam, Katlynn McNab, Keli Zhou, Joanna Nishimoto

Novice Ladies
Carol Lin, Allison Timlen

Junior Men
Scott Dyer, John Lomazzi, Joshua Santillan

Novice Men
Nathan Chen, Shotaro Omori, Austin Wagner

Novice Pairs
Stefanie Griffin & Jordan Griffin

Senior Dance
Stephanie Zastrow & Michael Lueck

Junior Dance
Gabrielle Friedenberg & Benjamin Nykiel, Natalie Wojton & Michael Soyfer

Novice Dance
Joylyn Yang & Jean Luc Baker

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