While it won’t be official until Saturday, it would be shocking if the three-woman U.S. figure skating team for the 2022 Winter Olympics didn’t include Mariah bell, Karen chen, and Alysa liu.
Bell and Chen finished 1-2 at this week’s U.S. Championships in Nashville, TN, while Liu – who tested positive for Covid-19 after his short third-place program – produced the most consistent results of any American skater in recent months. The Olympic Figure Skating Selection Committee will be looking at all of last year’s results, starting with the U.S. Championships in January 2021.
The third in Nashville – 14 years old Isabeau Levito – would be in the conversation for the Olympic team, if only she was old enough to make the cut.
The rest of the peloton seem too far behind, especially after the US silver medalist in 2021 Amber Glenn struggled in his short program and withdrew, also due to a positive Covid-19 test result.
Competing in his ninth national championship, Bell won his first American title. At 25, she also became America’s longest-serving figure skating champion since 1927. In Beijing, she is on track to become the oldest figure skater to represent the United States in women’s singles since the age of 34. Therese Weld-Blanchard competed in its third Olympics in 1928.
âI’m 25, so it’s not like I’m old, but in skating I kind of am,â Bell said with a laugh. “I want it to be a known fact that skating doesn’t stop at a certain age.”
Chen, 22, is also in the oldest age group in figure skating, especially since the current The favorites of the Olympic podium are three Russian teenagers.
“I remember the first time someone asked me what it was like to be a veteran and I was a little shocked because in my mind I was still so young,” she declared. âHonestly, I really love to skateâ¦ every day I’m just happy to be on the ice.
2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships continue saturday with the men’s short program (4 p.m. ET, NBC), the pairs free skate (7 p.m. ET, US) and free dance (8:30 p.m. ET, US).
2022 United States Figure Skating Championships – Women’s Results:
Mariah Bell, 216.25
Karen Chen, 213.85
Isabeau Levito, 210.75
Gabriella Izzo, 188.11
Lindsay Thorngren, 186.38
Audrey Shin, 180.58
Kate Wang, 178.2 years old
Hanna Harrell, 175.66
Starr Andrews, 173.04
Gracie Gold, 171.92
Jill Heiner, 171.54
Sierra Venetta, 164.24
Rena Ikenishi, 158.69
Wren Warne-Jacobsen, 143.39
Alysa Liu (withdraws)
Amber Glenn (withdraws)
NBC Olympics researcher Sarah Hughes contributed to this report.
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