Grand Prix Series continues in Paris


The ISU's Grand Prix Series continues Thursday with the Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris, France.

Sasha Cohen returns to the ice after missing the Smart Ones Skate America competition in October with a contusion of the left oblique muscle.

Cohen suffered the injury during a practice session and was told at the time that she had to rest from doing triple jumps a week. She returns to Paris, where she won the event in 2002 and 2003. Kimmie Meissner will also represent the United States in what will be her first Grand Prix event.

On the men's side, Michael Weiss looks to continue the momentum from his second-place finish at the Campbell's Classic and Timothy Goebel looks to rebound from a shaky sixth-place showing at Skate America. Pairs team Rena Inoue and John Baldwin will also be in the lineup, fresh off their silver-medal win at Skate America.

All of the skaters are vying for berths to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Who will make U.S. Olympic team?

• The winner in each discipline (ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing) at the 2006 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 7-15, 2006, will earn an automatic berth to the
2006 U.S. Olympic Team.

• The remaining squad members in each discipline will be selected by U.S. Figure Skating's International Committee, taking into consideration the results of events in the following order of importance:
--The 2006 U.S. Championships
--The 2005 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
--The 2005 World Figure Skating Championships
--The most 2005 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
--The 2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
--The Junior Grand Prix Final

• Skaters who do not compete in the 2006 U.S. Championships due to injury or illness, but meet the other criteria, may also be considered for selection.

• The number of competitors the U.S. will have in each discipline at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games will be determined at the 2005 World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow, Russia, March 14-20,