By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 25, 2015, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Madison Chock and Evan Bates compete in the short dance at the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Greensboro Coliseum on Jan. 23, 2015 in Greensboro, N.C.

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Reigning world silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates go after their ninth straight medal in ice dancing, and Mirai Nagasu and Courtney Hicks are in the women’s competition at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany.

The Nebelhorn Trophy is the second of 10 events in the ISU Challenger Series. Ten U.S. skaters are competing.

Chock and Bates, who are the current U.S. ice dancing champions and Sochi 2014 Olympians, have medaled in eight consecutive U.S. and international events dating back to the 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy. Also in ice dancing are Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus.

Nagasu, a 2010 Olympian, won a gold medal in her Nebelhorn Trophy debut in 2011.

Max Aaron, the U.S. 2013 men’s champion, begins his fourth senior international season this week. Also competing is Grant Hochstein.

Competing in pairs are 2015 U.S. champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.