The Nebelhorn Trophy begins today in Obertsdorf, Germany. It's the first senior international event of the season. It doesn't always have a top tier but this year's participants are definitely worth watching.
Some noteworthy partcipants:
The ladies field will see Mirai Nagasu and Joelle Forte from the US. Glad to see Nagasu getting her first international competition out of the way before the Grand Prix and it will be interesting to see how Forte does - remember she recently received a Grand Prix assignment. Ksenia Makarova of Russia will be there, along with Joshi and Victoria Helgesson of Sweden and Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia, among others.
On the men's side, I will be watching for Michal Brezina from the Czech Republic, Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, Max Aaron and Stephen Carriere of the US and Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan.
Canada is sending the new pair of Jessica Dube and Sebastian Wolfe, along with Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers. They will be competing against Maylin Hausch and Daniel Wende of Germany. Russia's got a great team going of Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov and Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, and America's sending Caydee Denney and John Coughlin and
Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin.
The ice dancing field has fewer big names, but the US contingent is Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and Anastasia Olson and Jordan Cowan.