Icebreakers: Grand Prix Final Recaps, 2018 U.S. Championships Preview and More
Last week, the top-six finishers of the ladies, men’s, ice dance and pairs disciplines from the 2017 ISU Grand Prix Series headed to Nagoya, Japan for the 2017 Grand Prix Final. Team USA qualified an impressive 14 athletes in the junior and senior competitions combined. Just weeks from the 2018 U.S. Championships, read all about the event in Japan, Tara Lipinski’s predictions and more in below’s Icebreakers.
1. Salt Lake City Native Nathan Chen Edges Japan’s Uno to Win Grand Prix Final (Salt Lake Tribune) – The 2017 U.S. champion continued his winning streak at the Grand Prix Final in Japan.
2. Ann Arbor’s Shibutanis Take Bronze in Figure Skating Event (The Detroit News) – Maia and Alex Shibutani secured the bronze at the Grand Prix Final last week.
3. 20 Years Later, Tara Lipinski Recalls Her Golden Performance and Makes Predictions for PyeongChang (Team USA) – The 1998 Olympic champion looks back at her golden performance and ahead at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
4. Ice Skating Star Mirai Nagasu: “I Can Eat 18 Dumplings” (The Mercury News) – Mirai Nagasu shares her drive to push through disappointment in pursuit of making her second Olympic Team.
5. Ashley Wagner Changes Free Skate One Month Before Nationals (NBC Sports) – Ashley Wagner is making a big switch before the 2018 U.S. Championships.
6. The Top 10 U.S. Women to Watch at the Winter Olympics to Get You Pumped Up (Elite Daily) – Ashley Wagner and Maia Shibutani are in good company on Elite Daily’s list leading up to the Olympic Winter Games.
7. Catching Up with Figure Skating Champion Nathan Chen (Parade) – Learn more about Nathan Chen’s life on and off the ice.
8. Going for Gold! 12 of the Hottest Athletes to Watch Before the 2018 Winter Olympics (People) – See who made the cut from the figure skating world.
9. Sasha Cohen is Figure Skating’s Most Fashionable Olympian (Racked) – Sasha Cohen shares her fashion tips on and off the ice.
10. Musically Gifted Figure Skater Hopes to Hit Highest Note in Winter Olympics (KXAN) – Tim Dolensky combines his love for music and skating to excel on the ice.