The 2015-16 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating opens Oct. 23 in Milwaukee as a talented field of skaters from around the world come together to compete for gold medals at the 2015 Progressive Skate America event. An impressive roster of 18 American skaters will take part in the first of the series' six preliminary events. In the end, the results of those competitionswill determine who earns coveted spots at December's Grand Prix Final in Barcelona. Here's a look at who's taking to the ice in Milwaukeefor Team USA.

2015 Skate America: The pairs

A trio of couples will skate for dominance in the pairs event, which has, in recent times, proven to be Team USA's weakest link.

Competitors include:

  • Reigning US National Champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim
  • Reigning US bronze medalists Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea
  • Jessica Pfund and Joshua Santillan. The duo was a late addition to the roster after original competitors Gretchen Donlan and Nathan Bartholomay withdrew Oct. 21 due to illness.

Can Madison Chock and Evan Bates defend their ice dancing title?

With former ice dance juggernauts and Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White as well as Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir once again out of the picture, reigning US champs Chock and Bates stand a good chance of defending their 2014 Skate America title. Also representing the nation in ice dancing are:

  • Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus
  • Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker

Could Gracie be golden at Skate America?

American Gracie Gold earned a spot in the 2014-15 Grand Prix Final, but a stress fracture in her foot forced her to withdraw from the competition. She's back and no doubt looking to improve upon her bronze medal finish at the 2014 Skate America event. The two other US ladies ready to go for the podium include:

  • National bronze medalist Karen Chen
  • Mariah Bell

And finally, the men

A few years after hecaptured the world's affections with his spirited and artistic Riverdance free skate, reigning US champion Jason Brown --who also captured fourth place at 2015's Worlds-- will look for gold in Milwaukee.

Filling out the roster are:

  • 2013 US National title holder Max Aaron
  • 2014 US National silver medalist Ross Miner

Short programswill air live on Oct. 23 on IceNetwork for paid subscribers. NBC will feature limited television coverage on Oct. 24. Check local listings for details and exact start times.

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