SAN JOSE, CALIF. (AP) – Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, the highest three finishers on the nationwide championships, have been chosen Saturday morning to the U.S. group for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
U.S. Determine Skating makes use of a committee to determine the squad, and it went with the outcomes of Friday night time. Previous performances and quite a lot of different knowledge are included within the determination making.
Three-time U.S. champ Ashley Wagner, who complained vigorously concerning the marks after the free skate, was not included. 4 years in the past, Wagner additionally completed fourth however was positioned on the workforce forward of Nagasu. Wagner wound up with a bronze medal within the group occasion.
The 19-yr-previous Tennell and Chen, 18, the 2017 U.S. winner, made their first Olympics. Nagasu, now 24, was fourth on the 2010 Video games.
Alternates are Wagner (first alternate), Mariah Bell (second alternate) and Angela Wang (third alternate). Solely Wagner has been to an Olympics amongst these three.
The rest of the workforce — three males, three ice dance couples and one pair — is scheduled to be introduced Sunday.
Rising star Tennell’s close to-good free skate earned her first nationwide crown. Tennell, an extended shot getting into the season, was spotless within the brief program two days in the past, then as the ultimate skater within the lengthy program she did not miss a trick beneath large strain. Her prime rivals, Nagasu and Chen, already had put down excellent routines.
“I simply needed to maintain calm and give attention to what I knew I might do,” Tennell stated. “There’s the preliminary butterflies, however I type of begin to lose myself and maintain going.
“I do not assume it is sunk in fairly but. I am nonetheless sort of shocked. It is indescribable to me.”
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