Nagasu Invited to NHK Trophy, Weir Withdraws from Trophee Bompard

Mirai Nagasu (U.S. Figure Skating photo)
(11/13/12) - Mirai Nagasu has been invited to compete at 2012 NHK Trophy, Nov. 26-28, in Miyagi, Japan, while Johnny Weir has withdrawn from this weekend's 2012 Trophee Bompard in Paris.

Nagasu, the 2008 U.S. champion and 2010 Olympian, began her season with a third-place showing at 2012 Finlandia Trophy and followed that with a fourth-place finish at 2012 Cup of China, her first Grand Prix of the season, earlier this month.

Team USA will also be represented by Alissa Czisny and Agnes Zawadzki (ladies), Richard Dornbush, Ross Miner and Adam Rippon (men's), Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig and Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim (pairs) and Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani (ice dancing).

Weir, who returned to competitive figure skating this fall for the first time since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, last weekend withdrew from 2012 Rostelecom Cup (Moscow) prior to the free skate. He suffered a right hip injury during practice onsite and determined it was in his best interest to withdraw from Trophee Bompard. Weir is a two-time Olympian, three-time U.S. champion and the 2008 World bronze medalist.

Johnny Weir (Photo by Paul Harvath)
Set to compete in Paris are Christina Gao and Ashley Wagner (ladies), Jeremy Abbott (men's) and Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue (ice dancing).

The Grand Prix Series, now in its 18th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in up to two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, set for Dec. 6-9, in Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Athletes will compete for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series.

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