Salt Lake City, Utah, will host 2018 U.S. International Classic, Sep. 12-16 at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex.
A total of 43 athletes will compete in Salt Lake: 13 men, 16 ladies, six pairs and eight ice dance teams. American ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue are the only returning champions from last season. Nathan Chen, who claimed the men′s title in 2017, is scheduled to begin his first semester at Yale University this fall.
Japan’s Satoko Miyahara, the 2018 World bronze medalist, headlines the ladies line-up. Vincent Zhou of the U.S. and Michal Březina of the Czech Republic are the top two contenders in the men’s field.
The battle for the top step of the pairs podium will be between Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc of the U.S. and Australia’s Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor, the 2017 Grand Prix Final and World junior champions, who will kick off their first full season in the senior ranks at this competition.
In ice dance, Hubbell and Donohue are a lock for gold. Their teammates Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko will be chasing the second spot on the podium. Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac of France have withdrawn.
This competition will be live streamed, but is only available to viewers in the U.S.
A second event, 2018 Lombardia Trophy, takes place at the same time in Bergamo, Italy (link below).
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