By Todd Kortemeier | Sept. 21, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Jason Brown at the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Jan. 6, 2018 in San Jose, Calif.


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Two events in the ISU Challenger Series take place this weekend, and 16 Team USA skaters will take the ice in one or the other.

The Autumn Classic International began Thursday in Oakville, Ontario, with national champion and Olympic team medalist Bradie Tennell highlighting the American field. 2017 U.S. junior silver medalist Starr Andrews joins Tennell on the women’s side.

On the men’s side, Olympic team medalist Jason Brown will make his season debut.

In pairs, 2017 national champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier will also be making their season debuts. They will be joined by Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson, who are competing together internationally for the first time.

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Three American women are among the top eight in the season standings. Kirsten Kasper is in seventh place and Taylor Spivey is eighth. Joining them in the elite women’s race are Summer Cook and Chelsea Burns.

Lining up in Sunday’s elite men’s race are Matt McElroy, Eli Hemming and Morgan Pearson. McElroy is ranked 30th and picked up a pair of world cup medals in March.

The Ondrej Nepela trophy got underway Thursday in Bratislava, Slovakia. The U.S. field is highlighted with the pair of Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc, fresh off their gold medal at last week’s U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. Deanna Stellato and Nathan Bartholomay will also compete in their season debut.

Megan Wessenberg and Katie McBeath will be the Team USA representatives in the women’s field, with Sean Rabbitt the lone representative in men’s.

The U.S. will also have an ice dance team, with Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter beginning their second season of competition together.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc