U.S. Assignments Announced for 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series

(5/21/12) - The International Skating Union (ISU) announced today the athlete selections for the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which will begin Oct. 19-21 with 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America in Seattle/Kent, Wash. Skate America features the four reigning U.S. champions Ashley Wagner (ladies), Jeremy Abbott (men's), Caydee Denney & John Coughlin (pairs) and Meryl Davis & Charlie White (ice dancing).

The Grand Prix Series, entering its 18th season, incorporates six international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters. At the conclusion of the series, athletes' points are totaled, and the top six ladies, men, pairs and ice dancing teams are invited to compete at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The Grand Prix Final is scheduled for Dec. 5-9, 2012, in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The event will run concurrently with the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

The ISU Grand Prix Series consists of the following events:

Skate America - Seattle/Kent, Wash., Oct. 19-21
Skate Canada International - Windsor, Ontario, Oct. 26-28
Cup of China- Shanghai, Nov. 2-4
Rostelecom Cup - Moscow, Nov. 9-11
Trophee Eric Bompard - Paris, Nov. 16-18
NHK Trophy - Miyagi, Japan, Nov. 23-25

The complete list of skater selections for the 2012 Grand Prix Series is available at www.isu.org. The list of U.S. selections is below. (Lineups are subject to change.)

U.S. LINEUP FOR 2012 ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING SERIES

2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America - Seattle/Kent, Wash. - Oct. 19-21
Ladies: Rachael Flatt ; Christina Gao;Ashley Wagner
Men's: Jeremy Abbott ; Douglas Razzano
Pairs: Caydee Denney & John Coughlin ; Gretchen Donlan & Andrew Speroff
Ice Dancing: Meryl Davis & Charlie White; Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt

Skate Canada International - Windsor, Ontario - Oct. 26-28
Ladies: Gracie Gold ; Caroline Zhang
Men's: Ross Miner
Pairs: Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker; Tiffany Vise & Don Baldwin
Ice Dancing: Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue

Cup of China - Shanghai - Nov. 2-4
Ladies: Mirai Nagasu
Men's: Adam Rippon
Pairs: Caitlin Yankowskas & Joshua Reagan
Ice Dancing: Madison Chock & Evan Bates

Rostelecom Cup - Moscow - Nov. 9-11
Ladies: Gracie Gold ; Agnes Zawadzki; Caroline Zhang
Men's: Richard Dornbush ; Johnny Weir
Pairs: Caydee Denney & John Coughlin
Ice Dancing: Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani

Trophee Eric Bompard - Paris - Nov. 16-18
Ladies: Ashley Wagner
Men's: Jeremy Abbott; Johnny Weir
Ice Dancing: Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue

NHK Trophy - Miyagi, Japan - Nov. 23-25
Ladies: Alissa Czisny;Agnes Zawadzki
Men's: Richard Dornbush; Ross Miner; Adam Rippon
Pairs: Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir ; Lindsay Davis & Mark Ladwig; Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker
Ice Dancing: Meryl Davis & Charlie White; Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani