Lineups Announced for 2005-06 ISU Grand Prix Series

Sasha Cohen at the 2005 World Figure Skating Championships
Photo by Michelle Wojdyla

(5/19/05) — The International Skating Union (ISU) announced this week the dates, locations and skater selections for the 2005-06 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which will begin with Smart Ones Skate America in Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 20-23. The Grand Prix Series, which enters its 11th season, incorporates six prestigious international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters.

The United States will be represented in the Grand Prix Series by a total of 39 entries comprised of 38 different athletes. The United States team will be represented by nine different ladies and seven different men – the most of any country. Japan sends the second largest ladies squad with seven; China sends the second largest men's squad with six. In pairs, the United States ties with Russia for the most teams at six. In dance, the United States sends five teams (with one pending TBA), second to Canada's six (Russia has five with one TBA also).

At the conclusion of the six events, athletes' points are totaled and the top six ladies, men, 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 Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 16-18.

The ISU Grand Prix Series consists of the following six events:

Oct. 20-23 — Smart Ones Skate America (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Oct. 27-30 — Skate Canada (St. John's Newfoundland, Canada)
Nov. 3-6 — Cup of China (Beijing, China)
Nov. 17-20 — Trophée Eric Bompard (Paris, France)
Nov. 24-27 — Cup of Russia (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Dec. 1-4 — NHK Trophy (Osaka, Japan)

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. 20-23): Atlantic City, N.J.

LADIES: Sasha Cohen, Michelle Kwan, Beatrisa Liang
MEN: Timothy Goebel, Evan Lysacek, Dennis Phan
PAIRS: Marcy Hinzmann & Aaron Parchem, Rena Inoue & John Baldwin, Katie Orscher & Garrett Lucash
*DANCE.......... Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto, Tiffany Stiegler & Sergei Magerovskiy
*After Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev indicated their interest to compete during the 2005-2006 season, U.S. Figure Skating extended them an invitation to compete at 2005 Smart Ones Skate America. At this time, it does not appear probable that the ice dancing team will compete during the 2005-2006 season, so they are planning to respectfully decline the invitation to Skate America.

Skate Canada (Oct. 27-30): St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

LADIES: Alissa Czisny, Angela Nikodinov
MEN: Matt Savoie, Johnny Weir
PAIRS: Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig
DANCE: Melissa Gregory & Denis Petukhov

Cup of China (Nov. 3-6): Beijing, China

LADIES: Amber Corwin, Michelle Kwan
MEN: Ryan Jahnke, Matt Savoie
PAIRS: Katie Orscher & Garrett Lucash
DANCE: Morgan Matthews & Maxim Zavozin

Trophée Eric Bompard (Nov. 17-20): Paris, France

LADIES: Sasha Cohen, Kimmie Meissner
MEN: Timothy Goebel, Michael Weiss
PAIRS: Rena Inoue & John Baldwin
DANCE: Morgan Matthews & Maxim Zavozin

Cup of Russia (Nov. 24-27): St. Petersburg, Russia

LADIES: Emily Hughes, Jennifer Kirk
MEN: Johnny Weir
PAIRS: Brooke Castile & Ben Okolski
DANCE: Loren Galler-Rabinowitz & David Mitchell, Melissa Gregory & Denis Petukhov

NHK Trophy (Dec. 1-4): Osaka, Japan

LADIES: Kimmie Meissner
MEN: Evan Lysacek
PAIRS: Brittany Vise & Nicholas Kole
DANCE: Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto

ISU Grand Prix Final (Dec. 16-18): Tokyo, Japan

The top six place-winners in each discipline qualify to compete in the ISU Grand Prix Final.