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…
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.
Polina Edmunds stands on the top of the podium after winning the gold medal at the 2015 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held at the Mokdong Ice Rink on Sunday afternoon (February 15) in Seoul, South Korea.
The 16-year-old figure skater topped Satoka Miyahara and Rika Hongo, both of Japan, as well as teammate Gracie Gold (4th), for the top place over the weekend.
“I knew if I relaxed and skated like I knew I could, it was possible,” Polina shared after the free skate. “I expected myself to skate well and I did. I’m happy I was awarded the gold medal for it.”
Joshua Farris took the silver medal for the men’s competition, with Jason Brown in 6th.
Ice Dancers and current U.S. Champs Madison Chock and Evans Bates, placed 2nd, with Maia and Alex Shibutani in 3rd. Pairs skaters and U.S. Champs Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim placed 5th.
20+ pics inside from the 2015 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships…
Ashley Wagner reacts with glee after nailing her free skate during the Ladie’s competition at the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships held at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday night (January 24) in Greensboro, N.C.
The 23-year-old skater won the national title, beating Gracie Gold, who came in second, and Karen Chen, in third.
“This, of my three titles, this one tastes the sweetest,” Ashley shared after the competition with press. “This is the one that means the most to me, because this is the one that shows every single person that doubts me, every single person that says I’m too old, every single person that says I’m not capable of being a leading lady — this shows them that they need to shut their mouths and watch me skate.”
Polina Edmunds placed 4th and Mirai Nagasu slipped down to 10th.
35+ pics inside of Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold and Karen Chen…
Mirai Nagasu has all eyes on her during the Ladie’s Short Program at at the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships held at Greensboro Coliseum on Thursday night (January 22) in Greensboro, N.C.
The 21-year-old figure skater placed 4th with 65.28, just .76 behind Polina Edmunds, who placed third.
Courtney Hicks took fifth place with 65.01, fan favorite Samantha Cesario earned 59.21 and placed 11th while Ashley Cain was in 14th place with 54.35.
Don’t forget to tune into the Ladie’s Free Skate on Sunday. Can’t wait to see who takes the top spot!
25+ pics inside of Mirai Nagasu, Polina Edmunds and more…
Gracie Gold is all smiles with her medal and trophy after winning the ladies title at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2014/2015 NHK Trophy held at the Namihaya Dome on Saturday night (November 29) in Osaka, Japan.
The 19-year-old figure skater took the gold medal with 191.16 points, ahead of Russia’s Alena Leonova (186.40) and Japan’s Satoko Miyahara (179.02).
“Of course I feel very happy to win my first Grand Prix and senior international, but I know I can do better and improve even upon this performance,” Gracie shared with press after the competition. “Of course this competition gives me confidence. I have acquired a lot of bronze medals over my career so far, so it’s nice to have a gold medal in the mix.”
Polina Edmunds and Christina Gao placed 8th and 9th. Jeremy Abbott, Ross Miner and Joshua Farris placed 5th, 7th and 11th in the men’s competition.
25+ pics inside of Gracie Gold…