For a full list of the USFSA World Assignments: USFSA Press Release
The USFSA announced its selections for the 2013 World Team today. The only variation from the podium placements at Nationals was in pairs, where 2012 National Champions Caydee Denney/John Coughlin received a medical bye to the upcoming World Championships. Coughlin underwent hip surgery in early December, and he is now back on the ice based on his recovery being ahead of schedule. I assume the USFSA will have some kind of observation/tryout to verify he’s in competitive shape, but given the weak state of the US Pairs, D/C can only be a positive addition to the team. Denney/Coughlin’s being on the team will help take some of the pressure off of Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir, who are going to Worlds for the first time. It’s a huge amount of pressure to be going to your first Worlds as US Champions.
Worlds will take place in London, Ontario from March 10-17.
FOUR CONTINENTS (Osaka, Japan, February 6-11)
Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir
Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim
Felicia Zhang/Nathan Bartholomay
Alternate 1 – Lindsay Davis/Mark Ladwig
Alternate 2 – Gretchen Donlan/Andrew Speroff
Alternate 3 – Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier
Alternate 1 – Richard Dornbush
Alternate 2 – Brandon Mroz
Alternate 3 – Stephen Carriere
Madison Chock/Evan Bates
Meryl Davis/Charlie White
Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani
Alternate 1 – Madison Hubbell/Zach Donohue
Alternate 2 – Lynn Kriengkrairut/Logan Giulietti-Schmitt
Alternate 3 – Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus
Alternate 1 – Mirai Nagasu
Alternate 2 – Caroline Zhang
Alternate 3 – Ashley Cain
IN OTHER NEWS: Two-time US Champion Alissa Czisny underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in her left hip on January 25th. This is the same hip that she had operated on last June. Given her age (25) and her physical problems, one wonders if this might be the end of her competitive career.