Icebreakers: Behind Team USA’s Attack on the Olympic Season, 2019 U.S. Championships Location Selection and More

The 2017-18 season is charging ahead, but we already have sights on the following year. In this week’s Icebreakers, read about Team USA’s continued approach to their Grand Prix Series assignments, location selections for the 2019 U.S. Championships and 2018 Skate America and more.

Photo by Ronald Martinez - ISU/ISU via Getty Images

Photo by Ronald Martinez – ISU/ISU via Getty Images

1. Q&A: Olympic Figure Skater Ashley Wagner is Not Done Yet (Sports Illustrated) – Ashley Wagner discusses growing up as a military brat, choosing figure skating and more.

2. Teenager Vincent Zhou is New on Senior Skating Scene – and Making Strong Push for U.S. Olympic Team (Team USA) – Seventeen-year-old Vincent Zhou is competing on the senior international circuit for the first time this year with his eyes on the Olympics.

3. Aaron Embraces Mathematical Aspect of Skating (icenetwork) – In a Q&A, Max Aaron discusses competing in France, keeping up with today’s level of skating and more.

4. Adam Rippons Wins NHK Trophy Silver Medal for Highest Grand Prix Finish of His Career (Team USA) – Adam Rippon had quite a birthday in Japan. Read about his return from injury.

5. The Champion Within: Pride and Joy (NBC) – Learn more about Nathan Chen with episode 6 of NBC’s The Champion Within.

6. Bradie Tennell Looks Ahead to Grand Prix Debut at Skate America (Figure Skaters Online) – Ahead of Skate America, Tennell gives insight into her Grand Prix Series debut.

7. Los Angeles Figure Skater Prepares for Winter Olympics (NBC San Diego) – Get an inside look at Ashley Wagner’s training.

8. Detroit to Host 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships (The Detroit News) – The U.S. Championships are returning to Detroit!

9. Skate America Returning to Xfinity Arena Next Year (Herald Net) – For the first time since 2008, Skate America is returning to Everett, Washington!

10. Adam Rippon Shows Off Singing Ability at Grand Prix Exhibition (NBC Sports) – What can’t Adam Rippon do?