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Who Are 2017 US Nationals Pairs Champions Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier?

Who Are 2017 US Nationals Pairs Champions Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier?

Congratulations to Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier — the 2017 US Pairs National Champions!

The longtime figure skating team earned the top spot at this weekend’s 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, beating Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran (2nd), and Ashley Cain and Tim LeDuc (3rd) for the gold medal.

Haven has been battling a severe knee injury for the past year, so this win is huge!

But who are Haven and Brandon? Check out our Five Fast Facts about the team below:

  • Haven is 21 and Brandon is 24. They’ve been partners since 2002, when they were a roller skating team.
  • Haven’s older sister is Caydee Denney. She and Caydee (with partner John Coughlin) shared the title of US Champions in 2012. Caydee was at the senior level, while Haven and Brandon won the junior title that year
  • They were also the 2013 World Junior Pair Champions
  • Brandon and Haven took most of 2016 off, because of her injury. She had torn the anterior cruciate ligament, lateral collateral ligament, and bilateral and lateral meniscus in her right knee
  • They’re perfectionists. Brandon shared, “Haven and I, we’re perfectionists. You should see us training. Today was all about going out and doing what we can. We had to fight. The result is always a bonus for us. We’re excited to be out here again. We’re back. This whole season has been a comeback season.”
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VIDEO: Pairs Skaters Ashley Cain & Tim LeDuc are the Skaters You Should Be Watching

VIDEO: Pairs Skaters Ashley Cain & Tim LeDuc are the Skaters You Should Be Watching

Ashley Cain and Tim LeDuc are becoming the pairs skaters to watch!

The new team just completely wowed at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Miss., tonight (January 19).

Ashley and Tim, who both came from different partnerships and a singles career, earned 69.33 for their short program — ahead of champs Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea, who took 5th place.

Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier grabbed second place and Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Nathan Bartholomay were in third.

Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran rounded out the top 5 spots after the short dance.

The Pairs free program will be on Saturday, January 21st.


Ashley Cain & Tim LeDuc: 2017 US Nationals SP
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Gracie Gold, Tarah Kayne & Danny O'Shea Nab Ladies & Pairs Titles at US National Figure Skating Championships 2016

Gracie Gold, Tarah Kayne & Danny O'Shea Nab Ladies & Pairs Titles at US National Figure Skating Championships 2016

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

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Figure Skater Polina Edmunds Wows During Short Program; Tops Gracie Gold At US National Championships 2016

Figure Skater Polina Edmunds Wows During Short Program; Tops Gracie Gold At US National 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

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The Pairs Competition Kick Off U.S. National Figure Skating Championships - See The Short Program Pics!

The Pairs Competition Kick Off U.S. National Figure Skating Championships - See The Short Program Pics!

Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier kick the competition off during the pairs short program at the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships held at Greensboro Coliseum on Thursday afternoon (January 22) in Greensboro, N.C.

The team, who placed second, skated alongside Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim (currently in first), Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran (third), Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea (fourth), and Gretchen Donlan and Nathan Bartholomay (fifth).

The pairs free skate will take place on Saturday, January 24th. Can’t wait to see who wins the pairs title!

20+ pics inside of U.S. Pairs teams…

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Meryl Davis Honored As Sportswoman Of The Year at Salute To Women Awards 2014!

Meryl Davis Honored As Sportswoman Of The Year at Salute To Women Awards 2014!

Meryl Davis shows off her crystal award inside the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 35th Annual Salute to Women In Sports Awards held at Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday evening (October 15) in New York City.

The 27-year-old Olympic Ice Dancing champion was joined by her partner Charlie White as she accepted the Sportswoman of the Year Award (team) and Team USA teammate Marissa Castelli.

“What an honor~Thanks to the @WomensSportsFdn A pleasure being among so many strong & inspiring women #WSFAnnualSalute,” Meryl wrote after accepting the award on stage from Michelle Kwan.

Congrats, Meryl!

15+ pics inside of Meryl Davis and Charlie White

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US Pair Skaters Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir End Partnership, Will Keep Skating

US Pair Skaters Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir End Partnership, Will Keep Skating

U.S. Pairs National Champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir have officially ended their partnership.

The pairs skaters, who took home the top prize at the 2014 U.S. National Championships earlier this year and placed 9th at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, have gone their separate ways and are on the search for new skating partners, US Figure Skating has announced.

“I am so honored and proud to have shared the ice with Simon for the last eight years. It has been an amazing journey and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Marissa shared in a statement. “We will always share our amazing accomplishments with each other. I appreciate everything Simon has done for me and wish him the best in his future endeavors. I will continue skating and hope to be back performing in front of a crowd soon. Thank you to everyone who has supported us through the years.”

Simon added, “I am very proud of the accomplishments Marissa and I have had over the past eight years. I wish Marissa the best of luck with her future as I look forward to starting a new chapter in my skating career. I want to thank all of my family, coaches, friends and fans as well as U.S. Figure Skating and The Skating Club of Boston for their incredible support.”

Best of luck to both Marissa and Simon!

Meryl Davis & Charlie White Meet Taylor Swift on Stars on Ice - See The Pics!

Meryl Davis & Charlie White Meet Taylor Swift on Stars on Ice - See The Pics!

Meryl Davis, Charlie White and Taylor Swift all in one photo — what more could you ask for?

The 24-year-old musician payed a visit to pal Gracie Gold on the 2014 Stars on Ice tour and met up with the Olympic champions and the rest of the cast backstage on Sunday (April 13)!

“So cool getting to meet @taylorswift at our last @starsonice performance. As nice as could be, and now hopefully as much a fan of skating as we are of her,” Charlie captioned with the cute photo.

Gracie added, “Thanks for coming to the show @taylorswift ???? I’m glad you had fun! @starsonice.”

Also pictured below: Jason Brown, Jeremy Abbott, Simon Shnapir, Marissa Castelli, Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner.

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