Nine U.S. Athletes to Compete at 2014 Challenge Cup

(3/5/14) - Nine U.S. athletes will compete at the junior and senior levels at 2014 Challenge Cup March 6-9, in The Hague, Netherlands.

Ladies
Elena Taylor and Amy Lin will make their international debuts in the junior ladies event. Taylor and Lin finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at the junior level at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Men
Douglas Razzano finished sixth at the 2014 U.S. Championships. He is Team USA's only senior competitor in The Hague. Competing at the junior level are Chase Belmontes and Kevin Shum, who finished fourth and sixth, respectively, at the U.S. Championships. Both are making their international debuts at this event.

Pairs
Aya Takai and Brian Johnson finished seventh as juniors at the 2014 U.S. Championships. Should they make the minimum technical scores (SP 20.00; FS 30.00) required by the ISU to compete in championship events, the team will then compete next weekend at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Chelsea Liu and Devin Perini were originally selected to the World Junior Team but will not compete due to a Perini injury. Jessica Lee and Robert Hennings are the 2014 U.S. novice bronze medalists.

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2014 CHALLENGE CUP

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

Ladies

Amy Lin

Fremont, Calif.

Elena Taylor

Fort Worth, Texas

Men

Chase Belmontes

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Douglas Razzano

Chandler, Ariz.

Kevin Shum

Piedmont, Calif.

Pairs

Jessica Lee
Robert Hennings

Huntington Beach, Calif.
Long Beach, Calif.

Aya Takai
Brian Johnson

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Northville, Mich.

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