Icebreakers: Skate America Recap, Jason Brown Headed to Grand Prix Final and More
The 2017-18 season has been anything but uneventful. With surprises at the final Grand Prix Series event, 2017 Bridgestone Skate America, and a notch on the road to San Jose for the 2018 U.S. Championships, there is a lot to catch up on. Read this week’s Icebreakers for more on Bradie Tennell’s bronze medal win at Skate America, Karen Chen’s new role as an author, athletes’ experiences at sectional championships and more.
1. Bradie Tennell Surprises as Star U.S. Lady at Skate America, Earns Bronze in Grand Prix Debut (Team USA) – Bradie Tennell made her Grand Prix Series debut a memorable one with a medal at Skate America.
2. Trust the Process: Shibs Defend Skate America Title (icenetwork) – Sticking to their plan, Maia and Alex Shibutani win their second Grand Prix Series of the season and punch their ticket to the Grand Prix Final.
3. Despite “Cursed Ice,” Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon Win Gold and Silver, Qualify for Grand Prix Final at Skate America (Team USA) – Americans took the top two spots in the men’s competition at Skate America.
4. Jason Brown Added as Grand Prix Final Replacement (NBC Sports) – Three men will represent the United States at the Grand Prix Final for the first time since 2009.
5. U.S. Champion Karen Chen Now an Author, Too (New York Times) – Karen Chen chronicles the hard work leading up to her U.S. title in 2017 in her new book Finding the Edge.
6. Salt Lake’s Nathan Chen is on the Verge of Being a Worldwide Olympic Star (Salt Lake Tribune) – With his quads and artistry, Chen is pushing the sport of figure skating every day.
7. Stunning Development for U.S. Women at Skate America (The Mercury News) – The final Grand Prix Series event was full of surprises.
8. Young Olympic Hopeful Nathan Chen Credits His Success to His Mom (AOL) – The 2017 U.S. champion wouldn’t be where he is today without his mom.
9. How U.S. National Figure Skating Champion Karen Chen Turned Pain into a Plus (Parade) – Read more about how the 2017 U.S. champion found her edge.
10. U.S. Ice Dancers Take Winter Olympics Quiz (icenetwork) – Icenetwork put the ice dance teams of Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and Maia and Alex Shibutani to the test.
11. Figure Skaters Compete at Sectional Championships (KHQ) – The road to San Jose continued for athletes all across the country.