2014 JGP Slovenia Begins Thursday

(8/27/14) - The 2014 International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (JGP) Series continues Aug. 28-30, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The event, being held at Hala Tivoli, begins Thursday with the ladies and men's short programs.

Seven athletes will represent the United States in ladies, men's and ice dance. Icenetwork will provide complete event coverage including recaps, photos and blogs.

LADIES
Leah Keiser begins her second JGP season. She qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final in 2012 and placed sixth. Most recently, Keiser finished 10th at the 2014 U.S. Championships.

MEN
Shotaro Omori, the 2013 World Junior bronze medalist, has competed internationally since 2011. Luke West, the 2014 U.S. novice bronze medalist, will make his international debut in Slovenia.

ICE DANCE
Holly Moore and Daniel Klaber have finished fourth as juniors as the last two U.S. Championships. The 2013 JGP Slovakia bronze medalists begin their third international season together.Julia Biechler and Damian Dodge will compete internationally for the first time as they enter their third competitive season.

Now in its 18th season, the JGP Series consists of seven international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the seven scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 11-14, in Barcelona, Spain.

The 2014 Junior Grand Prix Series consists of the remaining events:

  • JGP Czech Republic: Ostrava, Czech Republic - Sept. 3-7 (includes pairs)
  • JGP Japan: Aichi, Japan - Sept. 10-14
  • JGP Estonia: Tallinn, Estonia - Sept. 24-28 (includes pairs)
  • JGP Germany: Dresden, Germany - Oct. 1-5 (includes pairs)
  • JGP Croatia: Zagreb, Croatia - Oct. 8-12 (includes pairs)
  • JGP Final: Barcelona, Spain - Dec. 11-14 (includes pairs)

U.S. ENTRIES AT JGP SLOVENIA

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Leah Keiser

Irvine, Calif.

Riverside, Calif.

Men

Shotaro Omori

La Mirada, Calif.

Riverside, Calif.

Luke West

Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ice dance

Julia Biechler
Damian Dodge

Middletown, Pa.
Warminster, Pa.

Aston, Pa.

Holly Moore
Daniel Klaber

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
South Euclid, Ohio

Novi, Mich.

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