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Nathan Chen found himself in a familiar place Saturday on the top step of the podium.
As expected, Mariah Bell and Bradie Tennell finished on top of the women's short program at Skate America on Friday night.
Rocketman has launched – straight to a fourth national title. With stratospheric jumps and the sort of stage presence that even Elton John would appreciate, Nathan Chen won his fourth consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championships men’s gold medal Sunday. Skating to the score from John’s biopic, Chen soared far above the competition, winning by more than 37 points.
Coming off illness and spending much of his days as a full-time college student, Nathan Chen shouldn’t have been capable of setting a personal best Saturday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Bradie Tennell’s usual clean and efficient short program was enough to take the women’s short program Thursday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Two-time world champion Nathan Chen of the United States won Skate America for the third straight time, scoring 196.38 in the free skate night for a total of 299.09 in the first of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.
In an event that combines theatrical artistry with the skill and technique of figure skating, Presley’s skating style and personality were in their element.
Sharon Cohen believes Figure Skating in Harlem represents a microcosm of the sport itself. That’s one reason the organization will be honoring 2001 U.S. champion and 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Tim Goebel at its gala on April 29. Cohen founded FSH 22 years ago, seeing a need in the inner city for a program that could combine “the grace and discipline of figure skating with the power of education to unlock the potential inside every young girl.”
Somehow, in the midst of his freshman season at Yale, Nathan Chen has found time to escape the classroom and the study hall and the tests. All he’s done since becoming an Ivy Leaguer is win the Grand Prix Final, a third straight U.S. figure skating championship, and repeat as world champion. Yale might have a strong hockey team, but Chen’s hat trick can’t be matched by any of the Bulldogs.
World champion Nathan Chen and ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue will lead the U.S. team that competes at the World Team Trophy next month in Fukuoka, Japan. Mariah Bell, Bradie Tennell and the pairs team of Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc round out the squad. The U.S. won the event in 2015 before finishing third two years ago.
Defending champion Nathan Chen produced a spectacular free skate on Saturday to win the gold medal at the figure skating world championships
Olympic champion Alina Zagitova won the free skate to capture her first title at the figure skating world championships. The 16-year-old Russian built on her lead from the short program with a strong free skate that included a triple-lutz, triple-toeloop combination in the first half of her program. Elizabet Tursynbaeva became the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the world championships when she opened her routine with a quad salchow.
Olympic champion Alina Zagitova produced a season-best score to take the lead after the short program on the opening day of the world figure skating championships. Zagitova opened her routine with a triple-lutz, triple-loop combination and added a double axel and a triple flip for 82.08 points.
Alysa Liu became the youngest person to win an individual title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, stealing the show with two triple axels and taking the title more than six months before her 14th birthday. Defending champion Bradie Tennell fell during her free skate, and Liu, skating immediately after, took advantage, breezing through her routine after the two early triple axels, one of which was in combination.
Defending champion Bradie Tennell has the lead after the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and 13-year-old Alysa Liu is a strong second after landing a triple axel. Tennell skated a sharp, clean program and earned a score of 76.60, nearly three points higher than her short program when she won this competition in 2018. But nobody else was able to top Liu, the reigning U.S. junior champion who could be well on her way to stardom.
For Madison Hubbell and her family, this week’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships are a title defense, a homecoming and a winter sports party all rolled into one. Hubbell and Zach Donohue won ice dancing gold at this event last year, and their bid for a repeat championship brings them back to Michigan, where Hubbell was born and where the two used to train. They’re expecting plenty of familiar faces this weekend and Hubbell’s family is even planning a tailgate.
The whirlwind rise of Bradie Tennell began at last year’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships. That’s where the sprightly teenager stunned a field of veterans to claim her first national title and with it a spot on the American team headed to the Winter Olympics. Now, Tennell is back to defend her U.S. title this week in Detroit.
John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs champion recently suspended from figure skating, died by suicide in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 33.
Spokane 10-year-old Emma Dickau placed 11th out of 12 in the Juvenile girls free skate, the opening event of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, on Friday morning in Detroit.
Emma Dickau has always been one for an audience, even at her birth.