Team USA 2018-19 will have a very different look to the one that competed last season. Though Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner have been named to the team, the trio have confirmed they will not compete on the Grand Prix circuit this season. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani have confirmed they are taking the entire season off.
Reigning World champion Nathan Chen is heading into his first semester at Yale University this fall. He is slated to compete at two Grand Prix events, Skate America and Internationaux de France.
Grant Hochstein announced his retirement in early August. He will marry Caroline Zhang on August 18.
Bradie Tennell, the reigning U.S. ladies champion, opens her Grand Prix season at Skate America. Gracie Gold is also planning a comeback after taking time away to regroup. She has been assigned to Rostelecom Cup in mid-November. Starr Andrews will make her debut in the senior Grand Prix ranks at Skate America.
Ice dancers Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons kicked off the new season with a silver-medal finish at the first Challenger Series event, Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy, in early August.