International Roster for 2006 Campbell's Cup Announced

Mao Asada
File photo by Daniel Castets

Note:Canadian pairs team Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison have been replaced by Utako Wakamatsu/Jean Sťbastien Fecteau on Sept. 18.

(8/30/2006) - Going head to head with the U.S. ladies and men's teams in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Campbell's Cup on Oct. 15 are six talented Japanese skaters, including 2005 Grand Prix Final ladies champion Mao Asada and 2006 World Championships men's fourth-place finisher Nobunari Oda. The event, being held at U.S. Bank Arena, will be televised live on ABC.

Japan Singles
The Japanese ladies team consists of Asada, 2004 World Championships fourth-place finisher Miki Ando and Asada's sister, Mai Asada, who finished fifth at the 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final. The men's team includes Oda, 2005 Skate America champion Daisuke Takahashi, and Kensuke Nakaniwa, who finished sixth at the 2006 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

U.S. Singles
The U.S. ladies team is made of up of 2006 World champion Kimmie Meissner, 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen and 2006 Olympics seventh-place finisher Emily Hughes. The men's team includes 2006 World bronze medalist Evan Lysacek, three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir and 2006 Four Continents fifth-place finisher Scott Smith.

Canada Pairs/Ice Dancing
In pairs and ice dancing, the U.S. team will compete against Canada. Canada's pairs teams are Valerie Marcoux and Craig Buntin, who finished fifth at the 2006 World Championships, and Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison, who finished seventh at the 2006 World Championships. Their ice dancing teammates are 2006 World silver medalists Marie France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, and 2005 World Junior champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

U.S. Pairs/Ice Dancing
The U.S. pairs and ice dancing team will be headlined by 2006 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto. Their teammates will be 2006 World Championships ice dancing ninth-place finishers Melissa Gregory & Denis Petukhov, 2006 World Championships pairs fourth-place finishers Rena Inoue & John Baldwin, and 2006 U.S. Championships (pairs) fifth-place finishers Naomi Nari Nam & Themistocles Leftheris. Skaters are subject to change.

Event Details
The format of the event calls for each team to compete head to head based on point accumulation under the international judging system. In ladies, Team USA and Team Japan will consist of three individuals each competing either a short program or free skate; the men's competition will consist of the same format. In pairs and ice dancing, Team USA and Team Canada will consist of four teams each: one pairs team will compete a short program and one a free skate, with one ice dancing team competing an original dance and another a free dance.

Total prize money at the event will equal $240,000. In ladies and men, the first-place team will win $60,000 ($20,000 per skater), while the second-place team wins $30,000. In pairs/ice dancing, the first-place team will win $40,000 ($10,000 per team) and the second-place team wins $20,000.

Tickets are now on sale and are available at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations including select Kroger stores, by calling 513.562.4949 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $74.50, $58.50, $42.50 and $27.50 and are all located in the lower bowl, with senior and group discounts available. The Family Four Pack discounts $20 off the purchase of four $27.50 tickets, allowing a family of four to enjoy the competition for less than $100.

Campbell's has been a major sponsor of U.S. Figure Skating since 1995. The Campbell's Cup was previously named the Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic, and it has been held each October to jump-start the international figure skating season.

In addition to the singles, pairs and ice dancing competitions, the synchronized skating team from Miami (Ohio) University will perform an exhibition. The team is the current U.S. synchronized senior champion, having ended the six-year run of the Haydenettes of Lexington, Mass., in February 2006. Miami is on the 2006-2007 U.S. National Team and will represent the United States at international competitions. Synchronized skating consists of 12-20 skaters on the ice performing programs side by side and in unison.

2006 U.S. Figure Skating Campbell's Cup
Oct. 15, 2006
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cincinnati, Ohio; U.S. Bank Arena