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Top Figure Skaters Adam Rippon & Polina Edmunds Withdraw From Nationals After Injuries

Top Figure Skaters Adam Rippon & Polina Edmunds Withdraw From Nationals After Injuries

We’re so bummed that we won’t be seeing reigning men’s champion Adam Rippon, or women’s silver medalist Polina Edmunds at the 2017 US Figure Skating Championships this year.

The two top skaters have withdrawn from the competition after sustaining injuries. Adam actually broke his foot during a warm up session for practice.

“This injury is not career ending. it’s very low on the spectrum of severity of injuries people have come back from,” Adam wrote on Twitter in a note to his fans.

However, he’s preparing to “be off the ice for the next 8-12 weeks.” That also puts him out of the running for worlds.

Polina, who nabbed the silver medal at last year’s competition, also withdrew because of her injury — a bone bruise in her right foot that has kept her out all season.

“I’m disappointed that I will miss the 2017 U.S. Championships and wish all the athletes good luck in Kansas City,” she shared in a statement. “I will continue to focus on my health and look forward to a full return to ice.”

We’re sad that we won’t get to see what would’ve been amazing programs on the ice from Adam and Polina. JJJ wishes them well in their recovery.

Gracie Gold, Adam Rippon, Maia & Alex Shibutani Lead US Team To Worlds Competition in Boston

Gracie Gold, Adam Rippon, Maia & Alex Shibutani Lead US Team To Worlds Competition in Boston

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.

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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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Madison Chock & Evan Bates Score Silver at World Championships; Gracie Gold & Jason Brown Take 4th in Shanghai

Madison Chock & Evan Bates Score Silver at World Championships; Gracie Gold & Jason Brown Take 4th in Shanghai

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.

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