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.
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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.
āI just really wanted to feel comfortable on the ice and show the judges how beautiful this program is,ā she shared after her skate. “Thereās always pre-competition hype and buzz, and I donāt really pay attention to it. Of course Iāve never had a chance to be in this position before, so Iām really excited and happy that Iām finally here. But really, I know that it comes down to who skates the best on the ice, and Iām 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.
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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!
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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.
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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 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.
The U.S. Figure Skating Team is all smiles on the red carpet for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Committee’s Best of U.S. Awards held at Warner Theatre on Wednesday night (April 2) in Washington, D.C.
Polina Edmunds, Jason Brown plus pairs skaters Felicia Zhang, Nate Bartholomay, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir all hit up the inaugural ceremony, which honored the best of the best of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
During the show, not only did Meryl Davis and Charlie White bring home the Team of the Olympics award, but Jason‘s coach, Kori Ade, was also honored with the USG Building Dream Award.
More Olympians on the way!
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Jeremy Abbott makes the audience hold their breath as he performs in the exhibition gala during the 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships held at Saitama Super Arena on Sunday night (March 30) in Saitama, Japan.
“Itās really bittersweet for me. I have so many emotions going through my head. Iām happy with how I skated and that was exactly what I wanted to do here. Thatās what Iāve been training for. Thatās the best Iāve ever skated that program in competition,” the 28-year-old skater told press after his free program the day before which put him in 5th place.
Jeremy was joined on the ice by team mates Ashley Wagner, Madison Chock, Evan Bates, Alex and Maia Shibutani, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, as well as World champs Mao Asada and Yuzuru Hanyu, both of Japan.
Watch Jeremy‘s new show performance below! 10+ pics inside…
Jeremy Abbott – Worlds 2014 Gala Show Skate
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