Lineup Announced for 2004-05 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series

Johnny Weir
Photo by Paul Harvath
(6/8/04) - The International Skating Union (ISU) announced today the dates, locations and skater selections for the 2004-05 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which will begin with Smart Ones Skate America in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 21-24. The U.S. will be represented in the Grand Prix Series by a total of 41 entries including 30 different athletes.

The Grand Prix Series, which enters its 10th season, incorporates six prestigious international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters. At the conclusion of the six events, athletes' points are totaled and the top six ladies and men and the top six pairs and dance teams are invited to compete at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. This year the Grand Prix Final will be hosted in Beijing, China, Dec. 16-19.

The ISU Grand Prix Series consists of the following six events:
Oct. 21-24 - Smart Ones Skate America, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Oct. 28-31 - Skate Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nov. 4-7 - NHK Trophy, Nagoya, Japan
Nov. 11-14 - Cup of China, Beijing, China
Nov. 18-21 - Trophee Lalique, Paris, France
Nov. 25-28 - Cup of Russia, Moscow, Russia

A complete list of skater selections for the Grand Prix Series is available at the ISU web site: www.isu.org. A list of U.S. skater selections is below. Skaters are subject to change.

U.S. Skater Selections

Smart Ones Skate America (Oct. 21-24)
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sasha Cohen
Michelle Kwan
Angela Nikodinov
Ryan Jahnke
Evan Lysacek
Michael Weiss
Jennifer Don & Jonathon Hunt
Rena Inoue & John Baldwin
Katie Orscher & Garrett Lucash
Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto
Loren Galler-Rabinowitz & David Mitchell
Kendra Goodwin & Brent Bommentre


Skate Canada (Oct. 28-31)
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Michelle Kwan
Ryan Jahnke
Brittany Vise & Nicholas Kole
Loren Galler-Rabinowitz & David Mitchell


NHK Trophy (Nov. 4-7)
Nagoya, Japan

Amber Corwin
Beatrisa Liang
Timothy Goebel
Johnny Weir
Michael Weiss
Rena Inoue & John Baldwin
Melissa Gregory & Denis Petukhov

Cup of China (Nov. 11-14)
Beijing, China

Sasha Cohen
Jennifer Kirk
Matt Savoie
Michael Weiss
Tiffany Scott & Philip Dulebohn
Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto

Trophee Lalique (Nov. 18-21)
Paris, France


Amber Corwin
Timothy Goebel
Johnny Weir
Katie Orscher & Garrett Lucash
Melissa Gregory & Denis Petukhov

Cup of Russia (Nov. 25-28)
Moscow, Russia

Jennifer Kirk
Evan Lysacek
Johnny Weir
Jennifer Don & Jonathon Hunt
Tiffany Scott & Philip Dulebohn
Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto
Kendra Goodwin & Brent Bommentre

ISU Grand Prix Final (Dec. 16-19): Beijing, China
The top six place-winners in each discipline qualify to compete in the ISU Grand Prix Final.