Icebreakers: Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ 2019 U.S. Championships Tickets On Sale and More
Can’t stop, won’t stop. Team USA is taking advantage of the offseason to explore different opportunities, like learning how to salsa and cha cha on Dancing with the Stars: Athletes, touring the country with Stars on Ice while meeting young fans, and embracing every single moment coming their way after a long season. From 2019 U.S. Championships all-session tickets going on sale to NBC Asian America recognizing Vincent Zhou and the Shibutanis, catch up on this week’s Icebreakers below.
1. Tickets Now On Sale for Upcoming 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships (WXYZ Detroit) – 2018 U.S. champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue sit down with WXYZ to talk about the 2019 U.S. Championships.
2. DWTS: Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu Stun in Season Opening Episode (Washington Post) – Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu made their ballroom debuts on the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars: Athletes.
3. Shibutanis Scale Back for a While But ‘Definitely Not’ Retiring (The Detroit News) – Maia and Alex Shibutani discuss their plans after announcing they will sit out the 2018-19 season.
4. Team USA Hero Adam Rippon Embraces Role of a Lifetime (The Detroit News) – Adam Rippon’s life has completely changed since the Olympics. He shares what it’s like to be a role model, how he uses his platform and more.
5. Young Figure Skater with Heart Condition Meets Hero Ashley Wagner in Pittsburgh (WPXI) – A young figure skater’s dreams came true as she met her favorite Olympic figure skaters on tour.
6. #RedefineAtoZ: Maia and Alex Shibutani, Olympic Medalists, Dazzle on Ice and Through Social Media (NBC Asian America) – Maia and Alex Shibutani share their journey in ice dance as Asian Americans.
7. #RedefineAtoZ: Vincent Zhou Caught World’s Attention with Impressive Olympic Debut (NBC Asian America) – Vincent Zhou discusses his drive this season to make the Olympic Team—and making it to PyeongChang.
8. Adam Rippon’s Deeply Emotional Reaction to Cher’s Praise is a Thing of Beauty (TIME) – While attending the TIME 100 Gala, Adam Rippon reacted to reading Cher’s essay about him.
9. Alex Shibutani Writes About the Opportunities Sport Has Brought Him and Maia, and Their Goal to Pay It Forward (Team USA) – Read Alex Shibutani’s latest blog for Team USA after attending the AAU James E. Sullivan Awards as finalists.
10. From Triple Flips to Toe Loops: UCSD’s Figure Skating’s Journey to Nationals (The Guardian) – Read more about intercollegiate figure skating and, specifically, UC San Diego Figure Skating’s road to the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships.