The 2016 U.S. National Figure Skating team for the upcoming Worlds competition is looking insanely good!
The figure skaters, who competed this past weekend at the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota and are headed to Boston for the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships are: Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, Ashley Wagner (ladies), Adam Rippon, Max Aaron, Nathan Chen (men), Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea and Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim (pairs), Maia and Alex Shibutani, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, and Madison Chock and Evan Bates (ice dance).
“The international scene is so strong and it’s getting stronger every single year and I think that it is never a question of whether or not the U.S. ladies are capable of being on that podium; it’s more a question of when we’re going to step up to that challenge,” Ashley shared about the particularly competitive ladies competition.
She added, “This year is going to be about going out there and nailing those triple-triple combinations, nailing those technical marks, performing the hell out of those programs. That is what’s going to get us onto the world podium, and that is a lot to ask of one person, but I think we’re definitely capable of putting that out.”
The 2016 World Figure Skating Championships will be held from March 28th to April 3rd.
Gracie Gold raises her arms in triumph after nailing her free skate performance during the the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Saturday (January 23) at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minn.
The 19-year-old Olympian wowed the crowd and judges with a flawless program, beating out Polina Edmunds, Ashley Wagner and Mirai Nagasu to take the title for the second year in a row.
Earlier in the day, Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea scored the Pairs title after scoring 211.65 points, ahead of reigning champs Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim, and Marissa Castelli and Mervyn Tran.
Ice Dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue are also pictured below. The teams landed in the 2nd and 3rd positions, after new champs Maia and Alex Shibutani.
40+ pics inside from the Ladies and Pairs competitions at the US National Figure Skating Championships 2016…
Polina Edmunds wows on the ice during the short program at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championship on Thursday (January 21) at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minn.
The 17-year-old figure skater topped Gracie Gold, Tyler Pierce, Ashley Wagner and Mirai Nagasu for the top spot, with 70.19 points.
“I just really wanted to feel comfortable on the ice and show the judges how beautiful this program is,” she shared after her skate. “There’s always pre-competition hype and buzz, and I don’t really pay attention to it. Of course I’ve never had a chance to be in this position before, so I’m really excited and happy that I’m finally here. But really, I know that it comes down to who skates the best on the ice, and I’m glad what I put down today was my best and that I was rewarded for it.”
In the pairs competition, Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea topped the leaderboard with 69.61, ahead of defending champs Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim and Marissa Castelli and Mervyn Tran in third.
25+ pics inside of Polina Edmunds, Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea reacting to their scores at the 2016 US National Championships…
Gracie Gold lets the snow fall all over her in her new pics from Instagram.
The 20-year-old Olympic figure skater snapped some shots outside in the snow during her winter holiday in Aspen, Colorado.
“Baby it’s cold outside”, “Winter Wonderland”, and “Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow,” she captioned the three images.
Later on, Gracie shared another shot along with Jeremy Abbott, where her hair was super curly and gorgeous!
“Congratulations to Morgan ????, who won a pair of @johnwilsonblades at the Stars on Aspen Ice show! It was such a pleasure to present them to Morgan on behalf on John Wilson! ??? ?All proceeds from the show’s silent auction go to the Michael J Fox foundation for Parkinson’s research. Go to michaeljfox.org and donate to team “Jeremy Abbott”. Every donation is one step closer to a cure,” she wrote.
Daniela Nieves shows off a little skin in white hot outfit as she arrives for 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on Thursday afternoon (July 16) in Westwood, Calif.
The 18-year-old Every Witch Way actress was joined by her co-stars Paris Smith, Zoey Burger and Melissa Carcache with Kendall Schmidt and Olympic figure skater Gracie Gold.
Instant Mom‘s Sydney Park, Tylen Jacob Williams and Damarr Calhoun; black-ish‘s Miles Brown, Make It Pop‘s Megan Lee and Erika Tham; plus Hayes Grier and 100 Things‘ Brady Reiter and Chazz Nittolo were also spotted on the bright orange carpet.
The Power Rangers Dino Charge cast Yoshi Sudarso, Camille Hyde, Brennan Mejia, Claire Blackwelder, and Michael Taber were also at the annual show.
FYI: Megan is wearing a Donna Mizani dress.
30+ pics inside from Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards…
Team USA celebrates with Gracie Gold after the ladies free skate during the ISU World Team Trophy held at Yoyogi National Gymnasium late last week in Tokyo, Japan.
Gracie, 19, pushed Team USA’s lead over Russia and Japan securing the title once again. Team USA won the title in 2009 and 2013.
“Today was a really great day for Team USA,” team captain Evan Bates shared afterwards. “It was a group effort. I thought everyone skated really well and we’re really happy. But at the same time we know that the competition is far from over.”
Evan and partner Madison Chock headed to Hawaii after the competition.
“don’t worry about us,” Evan captioned with a cute Instagram from the tropical islands.
Ashley Wagner, Jason Brown, Max Aaron and pairs skaters Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim are also picture below.
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Gracie Gold snaps a cute pic with Marissa inside Seacrest Studios during her visit to Boston Children’s Hospital on Friday afternoon (April 10) in Boston, Mass.
The 19-year-old figure skater chatted about her athlete life after she was spotted at Dancing With The Stars earlier int he week with pals Maia and Alex Shibutani.
The trio just returned from Shanghai, China were they competed in the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. Gracie came 4th place at the annual sporting event.
10+ pics inside of Gracie Gold…
Congrats to ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates for picking up the silver medal at this weekend’s 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships held at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China.
The duo placed second with 181.34, just a few points shy of France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. Maia and Alex Shibutani were 5th, while Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue placed 10th.
In the women’s competition, Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner were 4th and 5th, with Polina Edmunds in 8th.
“It might sound silly because I’m 23 years old, but I’m still learning in this sport,” Ashley shared with press after the free program. “I was a late bloomer. To go out there under such immense pressure, to redeem myself in a way, that’s something I’m very proud of.”
Gracie added, “This year was a little more rough and tumble for me. I’m used to being at least consistently going up, maybe a little down. Wiping the ice at the Four Continents event and breaking a foot aren’t really in my usual plans. Those are some pretty severe ups and downs.”
Jason Brown placed 4th in the men’s competition, with Adam Rippon in 8th, and Joshua Farris in 11th.
Pairs katers Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier placed 12th, and U.S. National Champs Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim were 7th.