Team USA Set for World Team Trophy

(4/18/17) - Eight U.S. athletes will compete as a team at 2017 World Team Trophy, April 20-22 in Tokyo. The event features the six best figure skating teams of the 2016-17 season, which includes Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Each team consists of two ladies, two men, one pairs team and one ice dance team. Each skater will receive points based on placements in the short program/dance and free skate/dance. The points will be combined across the four disciplines with the highest point total winning.

Karen Chen
and Ashley Wagner will compete in the ladies competition. Chen and Wagner most recently competed at the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, finishing fourth and seventh, respectively. Wagner will be making her fourth appearance while Chen is debuting at the event. Chen is the 2017 U.S. champion while Wagner took home the silver medal.

In the men's competition, Jason Brown and Nathan Chen will take the ice. Chen and Brown finished sixth and seventh, respectively, at Worlds, picking up a third men's spot for the United States at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. In addition to a U.S. title, Chen took home silver at the Grand Prix Final and won gold at Four Continents. Brown finished with a silver medal at Skate America and earned a bronze medal at the U.S. championships.

Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc
will represent Team USA in pairs. The pair, which is wrapping up its first season together, finished third at the U.S. Championships, ninth at 2017 Four Continents and were alternates for the 2017 World Team.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates
will represent the United States in ice dance. This will be the team’s third appearance at the event. Chock and Bates are the U.S. silver medalists and finished seventh at Worlds last month. In February, they won a bronze medal at Four Continents.

U.S. skaters qualified for World Team Trophy based on results at the most recent World Championships, the ISU Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series and Final, the Four Continents Championships and the ISU World Standings. Teams will compete for a total of $1 million USD in prize money. 

Held every odd year, Team USA has medaled in all four World Team Trophy events. Most recently, Team USA won the event in 2015, scoring 110 points to top Russia and Japan. The United States won the inaugural 2009 competition, earned silver in 2012 (held in an even year because the 2011 event was postponed due to an earthquake and tsunami in Japan) and won gold in 2013.

Icenetwork will feature news and photos from the event. The competition will stream live on icenetwork to Season Pass subscribers. For more information, please visit www.icenetwork.com. NBC Sports Network will feature over six hours of same beginning Thursday. A full schedule can be found here.

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2017 WORLD TEAM TROPHY


DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

 

Karen Chen

Fremont, California

Riverside, California

Ashley Wagner

Alexandria, Virginia

Lakewood, California

Men

Jason Brown

Highland Park, Illinois

Monument, Colorado

Nathan Chen

Irvine, California

Lakewood, California/
Canton, Michigan

Pairs

Ashley Cain
Timothy LeDuc

Coppell, Texas
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Euless, Texas

Ice Dance

Madison Chock
Evan Bates

Novi, Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Novi, Michigan

2017 WORLD TEAM TROPHY TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)


DATE

EVENT

TIME (ET)

NETWORK

Thursday, April 20

TBD

12-2 p.m.

NBCSN

Friday, April 21

Men’s short

12-2:30 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, April 22

Pairs free

12:30-2:30 p.m.

NBCSN

2017 WORLD TEAM TROPHY ICENETWORK STREAMING SCHEDULE


DATE

EVENT

TIME (ET)

Thursday, April 20

Short dance

2:15 a.m.

Ladies short

3:35 a.m.

Men’s short

5:40 a.m.

Friday, April 21

Pairs short

3 a.m.

Free dance

4:25 a.m.

Men’s free

6 a.m.

Saturday, April 22

Pairs free

2:15 a.m.

Ladies free

3:50 a.m.