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VIDEO: Nathan Chen Shattered High-Scoring Record at US Nationals 2017

VIDEO: Nathan Chen Shattered High-Scoring Record at US Nationals 2017

Get used to seeing Nathan Chen‘s name everywhere.

The 17-year-old figure skater just shattered records everywhere last night (January 20) at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships — including the high score for the short dance at nationals. He scored 106.39, demolishing Jeremy Abbott‘s score of 99.86 back in 2014.

“Throughout my skating career, nerves have always been there,” Nathan revealed about his nerves going into the performance. “It’s something that I’ve just tried to distract myself from and push that aside as much as I can.”

He adds, “At the same time, where I am now and where I’m pushing to go is what I’ve strived towards my whole life, and I don’t feel like that’s something I should be afraid of. It’s something that I’m really excited for, actually. It’ll bring more energy and more excitement to my skating versus pulling me down.”

Following Nathan on the leaderboard were Ross Miner, Just JaredVincent Zhou, Jason Brown (the 2016 champ), and Max Aaron.


Nathan Chen Short Program US Figure Skating Nationals 2017
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Ice Dance Siblings Maia & Alex Shibutani Win Gold at Skate America 2016

Ice Dance Siblings Maia & Alex Shibutani Win Gold at Skate America 2016

Maia and Alex Shibutani show off their strong skills on the ice at 2016 Progressive Skate America held at Sears Centre Arena over the weekend in Chicago, Ill.

The ice dance champion siblings took over the title, with Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue taking the silver medal.

“It’s not a choice a lot of other teams are making, but it really allows us to show our leg lines and movement and really just skate freely,” Maia shared of wearing pants for their short dance.

She added, “It was a collective thought from the group that created the program, and it’s one thing to have the idea, but it takes confidence to wear pants out there, and I have that now! So it’s just fun.”

Pairs skaters Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier also won the silver medal. Jason Brown and Adam Rippon grabbed the silver and bronze medal for the men’s competition.

30+ pics inside from 2016 Skate America

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Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Madison Chock & Evan Bates Lead Team North America To Win First Ever Team Challenge Cup

Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Madison Chock & Evan Bates Lead Team North America To Win First Ever Team Challenge Cup

Ashley Wagner looks likes she’s having major fun on the ice during her performance at the 2016 Team Challenge Cup held at Spokane Arena on Friday (April 22) and Saturday (April 23) in Spokane, Wash.

The 24-year-old World Silver Medalist skater joined Team North America for the first ever challenge, leading them to the first place spot over Team Asia and Team Europe.

Men’s skaters Jason Brown, Nam Nguyen, Adam Rippon, women’s Gracie Gold and Gabrielle Daleman, pairs Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford; and ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates, and Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje all performed in the challenge.

Team North America split the $210,000 prize.

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25+ pics inside from the Team Challenge Cup…

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Reigning Champ Jason Brown Withdraws From U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Reigning Champ Jason Brown Withdraws From U.S. Figure Skating Championships

We’re so sad that Jason Brown won’t be competing at the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships this year, but it’s for a good reason.

“Words cannot describe how deeply disappointed I am to be unable to compete at the U.S. Championships and go for another title,” Jason, 21, shared in a statement.

He continued, “I was trying really hard to push through for Nationals, but my back pain flared up again during training. Under my doctors’ orders, I have shut down all training in order to allow my body to heal completely. With rest, treatment and physical therapy, my doctors expect my full recovery. I look forward to competing again as soon as I possibly can.”

Jason is the current reigning U.S. National Champion. Skaters still competing are Max Aaron, Adam Rippon and Nathan Chen, among others.

Madison Chock & Evan Bates Head To Hawaii After Winning World Team Trophy In Tokyo

Madison Chock & Evan Bates Head To Hawaii After Winning World Team Trophy In Tokyo

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.

10+ pics inside…

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