ISU Final Set: No U.S. Women in Field
Four U.S. skaters or teams--but none in ladies singles--received invitations to the season-ending International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Dec. 10-14 in Goyang City, South Korea.
Representing the United States will be Johnny Weir and Jeremy Abbott in the men's event along with the ice dance teams of Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto.
Skaters received invitations based on the point totals they earned throughout the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating fall and winter series. The United States won 18 medals at the six qualifying events: two golds, nine silvers and seven bronzes.
Weir, a three-time U.S. champion (2004-06) and the reigning world bronze medalist, earned two silver medals during the ISU series. Abbott, the bronze medalist at the 2007 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, won one gold.
Reigning U.S. and Four Continents silver medalists Davis and White won gold at Skate Canada and bronze at the Cup of Russia.
In the ladies competition, Americans Rachael Flatt and Alissa Czisny are the second and third alternates, respectively. Bel Air's Kimmie Meissner did not qualify after two rough performances.
Other U.S. alternates: Evan Lysacek (second) in men's; and Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker (first), and Rena Inoue and John Baldwin (third) in pairs.
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