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Skate Canada – SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, USA: For the first time ever, skaters from Skate Canada and U.S. Figure Skating will come together to compete as Team North America at the inaugural KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup. The event will be held April 22-24 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington, USA.

Team North America will consist of four Canadian and six American entries for a total of 10 entries and 14 skaters in total.

TEAM NORTH AMERICA – 2016 KOSÉ TEAM CHALLENGE CUP

 

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

COUNTRY

Ladies

Gabrielle Daleman

Newmarket, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

CAN

Gracie Gold

Hermosa Beach, California

El Segundo, California

USA

Ashley Wagner

Alexandria, Virginia

Los Angeles, California

USA

Men

Jason Brown

Highland Park, Illinois

Monument, Colorado

USA

Nam Nguyen

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

CAN

Adam Rippon

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Los Angeles, California

USA

Pairs

Meagan Duhamel
Eric Radford

Lively, Ontario
Balmertown, Ontario

Montreal, Quebec

CAN

Alexa Scimeca
Chris Knierim

Addison, Illinois
San Diego, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

USA

Ice Dance

Madison Chock
Evan Bates

Redondo Beach, California
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Novi, Michigan

USA

Kaitlyn Weaver
Andrew Poje

Kitchener, Ontario

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

CAN

 

An ISU-sanctioned event, the Team Challenge Cup will feature 42 figure skaters competing in a continental team competition (Team Asia vs. Team Europe vs. Team North America). Each Team will consist of three ladies, three men, two pairs teams and two ice dance teams. ISU World Standings (as of Jan. 1, 2016) and the Captain’s Pick Fan Vote were used to determine Team Challenge Cup athletes.

Each team will have a Team Captain, a legend of the sport, who will not compete but help determine team strategy. Team North America will be captained by American Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic champion. Great Britain’s Christopher Dean, the 1984 Olympic ice dance champion with partner Jayne Torvill, will captain Team Europe and Japan’s Shizuka Arakawa, the 2006 Olympic champion, will captain Team Asia.

The Team Challenge Cup will feature two days of competition, opening Friday night with the singles competition as the ladies and men compete in head-to-head matchups for more than $100,000 in prize money. Saturday’s Team Competition (all disciplines) will feature an aggregate scoring format to determine the 2016 Team Challenge Cup winner with a prize purse of nearly $500,000, for a total prize purse of $617,000 (US Dollars).

For more information, please visit the event website.

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Skate Canada is the nation’s governing body for competitive figure skating and is dedicated to creating a nation of skaters, both recreationally and competitively. Over 125 years old, Skate Canada is the world’s oldest skating organization and Canada’s preeminent leader in skating instruction and education. Over 130,000 Canadians participate in Skate Canada educational programs each year, including our flagship CanSkate program that teaches beginners of every age the basic skills of skating and fundamental movements.

As one of Canada’s most successful governing sport bodies, Skate Canada athletes have won 25 Olympic medals and 32 world championships. Today’s Canadian world and Olympic medalists all began at one of our 1,200 local Skate Canada clubs or skating schools. Through our programs, more than 5,500 certified professional coaches encourage Canadians of all ages to skate together as a family, pursue competitive ice sports and enjoy an active lifestyle.

Skate Canada has a National Service Centre in Ottawa, marketing headquarters in Toronto and high performance facilities in Toronto and Calgary.

For Information:

 

Emma Bowie
Communications Manager
+1 (613) 747-1007 ext. 2547
ebowie@skatecanada.ca