It will be the return of the local hero when the Chicago area gets its first significant competitive figure skating event in nearly 70 years.
As expected, 2014 Olympian Jason Brown of Highland Park is to compete in Skate America Oct. 24-26 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.
And reigning U.S. champion Gracie Gold, a skating nomad and 2014 Olympian who trained for the 2009 through 2013 seasons in the Chicago suburbs, also is to compete at the opening event in the annual international Grand Prix series.
Grand Prix assignments were announced Friday by the International Skating Union.
Also coming to Skate America are:
*Mirai Nagasu, a 2010 Olympian and 2008 U.S. champion, whose omission from the Sochi Olympic team was controversial.
*Elena Radionova of Russia, winner of the last two world junior titles.
*Four-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian Jeremy Abbott.
*2014 Olympic bronze medalist Denis Ten of Kazakhstan,
*Reigning Olympic pairs champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia.
*Pairs team Alexa Scimeca of Addison and Chris Knierim, the 2013 U.S. runners-up.
*2014 Olympic ice dance teams Madison Chock-Evan Bates and the Shibutani siblings, Maia and Alex.
Brown’s other assignment in the six-event series is the Rostelecom Cup Nov. 14-16 in Moscow.
The 19-year-old Brown, whose Riverdance free skate at the U.S. Championships became an Internet sensation last winter, is unveiling his new programs at the Broadmoor Open this week in Colorado Springs.
The short program, which he skated Thursday night, is to Little Walter’s “Juke.” The free skate is to Maxime Rodriguez “Tristan & Iseult.”
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