Madison Chock and Evan Bates Representing Team USA For 2017 World Team Trophy
The event will be held in Tokyo from April 20-23, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (April 5, 2017) – U.S. Figure Skating has announced the eight athletes who will represent Team USA at the 2017 ISU World Team Trophy April 20-23 in Tokyo. World Team Trophy features the six best figure skating teams of the 2016-17 season, which includes Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia and the United States.
Each team consists of two ladies, two men, one pairs team and one ice dance team. Each skater will receive points based on placements in the short program/dance and free skate/dance. The points will be combined across the four disciplines with the highest point total winning.
Held every odd year, Team USA has medaled in all four World Team Trophy events. Most recently, Team USA won the event in 2015, scoring 110 points to top other podium finishers Russia and Japan. The United States won the inaugural 2009 competition, earned silver in 2012 (held in an even year because the 2011 event was postponed due to an earthquake and tsunami in Japan) and won gold in 2013.
U.S. skaters qualified for World Team Trophy based on results of the most recent World Championships, the ISU Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series and Final, the Four Continents Championships and the ISU World Standings. Teams will compete for a total of $1 million USD in prize money.