U.S. Championships News – DAY 6: Sun. Jan 26
The 2020 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships conclude today with two major events, including the Championship Men’s Free Skate and the Skating Spectacular.
Reigning National Champion, Nathan Chen, laid down a record-setting score in the Championship Men’s Short Program yesterday and takes the lead into today’s finals with the Free Skate this afternoon at 2:30pm. In addition, all the national champions take to the ice for the concluding celebration of the Championships with the Skating Spectacular that starts at 7:30pm this evening. Good seats are still available to both. To get tickets for these final Championship Weekend events, go to ncskate2020.com or click here.
*Yesterday: In addition to Nathan Chen’s amazing performance in the Men’s Short Program, both Championship Pairs and Championship Ice Dance competitions concluded with the Free Skate and Free Dance respectively. Reigning national champions from 2019, Alexa & Chris Knierim in Pairs successfully defended their titles, while Madison Chock and Evan Bates became the new National Champions in Ice Dance.
Championship Men’s Short Program
1. Nathan Chen (Salt Lake Figure Skating) – 114.13
2. Jason Brown (Skokie Valley SC) – 100.99
3. Andrew Torgashev (Broadmoor SC) – 97.87
4. Vincent Zhou (SC of San Francisco) – 94.82
*Medalists: Champions were crowned and medals awarded as follows:
Championship Pairs Medalists
Gold: Alexa Scimeca Knierim/Christopher Knierim — 216.15
Silver: Jessica Calalang/Brian Johnson — 213.57
Bronze: Tarah Kayne/Danny O’Shea — 204.07
Pewter: Ashley Cain-Gribble/Timothy LeDuc — 197.12
Championship Ice Dance Medalists
Gold: Madison Chock/Evan Bates — 221.86
Silver: Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue — 217.19
Bronze: Kaitlin Hawayek/Jean-Luc Baker — 201.16
Pewter: Christina Carreira/Anthony Ponomarenko — 194.16
*Today’s Events: 2:30pm Championship Men’s Free Skating, 7:30pm Skating Spectacular
*TV Broadcasts: 3-6pm Championship Men’s Free Skate on NBC (live), and 4-6pm Sunday, February 2, 2020 Skating Spectacular (Note: This is a tape-delayed broadcast)
*Unfortunately FanFest concluded yesterday, but it went out with a bang with the largest crowd of the week!
U.S. FIGURE SKATING HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMP
*Gets underway tomorrow in Indian Trail, NC, outside Charlotte, at the Extreme Ice Center where 250 of America’s most promising up-and-coming figure skating athletes drawn from the ranks of U.S. Figure Skating’s Juvenile, Intermediate, and Novice ranks will participate in the sport’s first-in-history High Performance Camp. The camp will feature a number of top U.S. Figure Skating coaches including North Carolina’s own, Paul Wylie, Honorary Chairman of this year’s Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
*The camp is being held in Charlotte because that is the closest twin-rink facility in NC to the main competition arena in Greensboro. Two side-by-side rinks were needed to accommodate the hundreds of camp participants. Your Local Organizing Committee in Greensboro is responsible for the camp as it is part of the overall 2020 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships hosting requirements.
*The camp starts Monday, January 27, 2020, and wraps up at the end of the day, Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
*Campers are currently in Greensboro for the final days of U.S. Championships competition before taking a bus this evening down to Charlotte.
Contest Winners from Yesterday’s Drawing:
*Skating Spectacular Tickets: Taylor Morris, Inman, SC
*Official T-shirt: Brendan Muller, Fairfax Station, VA
*Official Lapel Pin: Dee Cocchi, Scranton, PA
Note to Winners: If you win Skating Spectacular tickets: They will be at Will Call in your name by this afternoon (Sun. Jan 26); for winners of T-shirts and lapel pins, those items will be mailed to you.