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GRAND PRIX SERIES PREVIEW


It will be Gold’s first time competing since the 2017 U.S. Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, where she placed sixth. She won U.S. titles in 2014 and 2016, and secured silver med- als in 2013 and 2015. Gold finished fourth at the 2014 Olympics in the individual event, and helped Team USA claim bronze in the inaugural Olympic Team Event. She finished fourth at the 2015 World Championships, and was on her way to a podi- um finish after winning the short program at the 2016 World Championships in Boston. But a poor free skate in front of a packed house at the famed TD Garden dropped her to fourth place. After that disappointment, Gold lost her


motivation for a time and made public her subsequent battles with anxiety, depression and eating disorders. According to journalist Phil Hersh’s June


28 online Globetrotting column, Gold is re- portedly training in Aston, Pennsylvania, under coach Vincent Restencourt, a former member of the French world team. Gold will be joined in Russia by 2017 U.S. champion Karen Chen, who is looking for a new beginning following an 11th-place finish at the Olympics in PyeongChang, and a withdrawal from the World Championships a month later. Chen will also compete earlier in the Grand Prix Series in Helsinki, Finland. U.S. champion Bradie Tennell will join the other 2018 U.S. titlists at Skate America, the Grand Prix Series opener in Everett, Washing- ton, Oct. 19–21. Tennell will then have two months to fine-tune her programs before com- peting at the final Grand Prix event in Grenoble, France. “Something I’m really working toward this


year is developing a more mature skating style,” Tennell said. “I really love my new programs and I feel like they are quite different from last year’s, so I’m really excited for people to see what I have in store.” Veterans Ashley Wagner and Mirai Nagasu announced they will not compete in the Grand Prix Series, although they are not closing the door on future competitions.


Brown takes his game north of the border Te always-exuberant Jason Brown can’t


wait for the Grand Prix season to start. Te 2014 Olympic Team Event bronze medalist and 2015 U.S. champion moved to Toronto this summer to train under coach Brian Orser at the historic Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club.


Brown barely missed qualifying for the


2018 Olympic Winter Games, and is looking for a fresh start and perspective under Orser, who guided Yuzuru Hanyu to Olympic gold and Javier Fernandez to Olympic bronze in 2018. Orser is also now coaching Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia, who won the Olympic silver medal earlier this year. Te 23-year-old Brown will compete at


Skate Canada and Internationaux de France. “Every day is a new adventure, challenge


2018–19 INTERNATIONAL EVENTS Asian Open


Aug. 1–5, Bangkok, Thailand


Junior Grand Prix (Slovakia) Aug. 22–25, Bratislava


Junior Grand Prix (Austria) Aug. 29–Sept. 1, Linz


Junior Grand Prix (Lithuania) Sept. 5–8, Kaunas


Junior Grand Prix (Canada)


Sept. 12–15, Vancouver, British Columbia Lombardia Trophy


Sept. 12–16, Bergamo, Italy U.S. International Classic


Sept. 12–16, Salt Lake City, Utah Ondrej Nepela Trophy


Sept. 19–22, Bratislava, Slovakia Autumn Classic


Sept. 20–22, Oakville, Canada


Junior Grand Prix (Czech Republic) Sept. 26–29, Ostrava


Nebelhorn Trophy Sept. 26–29, Oberstdorf, Germany


Junior Grand Prix (Slovenia) Oct. 3–6, Ljubljana Finlandia Trophy


Oct. 5–7, Espoo, Finland


Junior Grand Prix (Armenia) Oct. 10–13, Yerevan Skate America


Oct. 19–21, Everett, Washington


Skate Canada International Oct. 26–28, Laval, Quebec Cup of Finland


Nov. 2–4, Helsinki, Finland NHK Trophy


Nov. 9–11, Hiroshima, Japan Rostelecom Cup


Nov. 16–18, Moscow, Russia Internationaux de France


Nov. 23–25, Grenoble, France Tallinn Trophy


Nov. 26–Dec. 2, Tallinn, Estonia


Golden Spin of Zagreb Dec. 5–8, Zagreb, Croatia


Junior/Senior Grand Prix Final Dec. 6–9, Vancouver, British Columbia


Four Continents Championships Feb. 4–10, Anaheim, California Bavarian Open


Feb. 12–17, Oberstdorf, Germany


World Junior Championships March 4–10, Zagreb, Croatia World Championships


March 18–24, Saitama City, Japan World Team Trophy


April 11–14, Fukuoka, Japan Jason Brown


and surprise,” Brown said of his new training regimen. “I’ve used this concept quite a bit, but I feel like a part of me shattered at the end of last season, so I’m in the process of picking up those pieces. I’m determined and motivated to put myself back together as strongly as I possibly can. Tat takes time, a lot of work and having the openness to change, really stepping outside of my comfort zone. “It’s extremely exciting and a bit terrifying,


but I’m ready and eager to give it my all and put in the work as I set out on this four-year journey.” Brown, known as one of the sport’s great


performers, added that he wants to improve his technical ability, along with his confidence and maturity on the ice. Orser and his team, Brown said, are working with him on making that transformation. In regard to his two Grand Prix assign-


ments, he’s especially excited to be competing with his training mate Medvedeva at both events.


“I think it will be a lot of fun to be travel- ing together on the circuit,” Brown said. Nathan Chen, the reigning World and


Grand Prix Final champion, will juggle college at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, with his burgeoning skating career. Chen, 18, will attempt to repeat as champion at Skate America, while also competing in the final Grand Prix Series event in Grenoble, France, in late November.


Chen, the two-time and reigning U.S. champion, wrapped up last season with a mon- umental performance at the World Champion- ships in Milan, Italy, where he landed six quads. He placed fifth at the 2018 Olympics, winning


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