(2/19/17) – The 2016-17 international season continued this week at the 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, where Team USA brought home four medals across three disciplines. The event, held Feb. 14-19 at Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, South Korea, served as the official test event for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Nathan Chen dominated the men’s competition, winning the title by 3.75 points. He brought a 2.84-point lead into the final segment of competition, where he became the first man in history to land five quadruple jumps in a single performance at an ISU championship event. The 17-year-old set international-best scores across the board, finishing the week with 307.46 points.
Maia and Alex Shibutani won silver in the ice dance event with a career-best 191.85 points. They turned in a personal-best free dance worth 115.26 points, en route to their fourth-career Four Continents medal. Their compatriots, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, won the bronze with a total score of 185.58.
Mirai Nagasu won a second bronze for Team USA in the ladies event, finishing the week with a personal-best 194.95 points. In fifth place after the short program, Nagasu turned in a solid free skate worth 132.04 – a score that tops her previous best by more than 2 points.
Team USA Results
3. Mirai Nagasu (194.95)
6. Mariah Bell (177.10)
12. Karen Chen (166.82)
1. Nathan Chen (307.46)
6. Jason Brown (245.85)
9. Grant Hochstein (235.72)
6. Alexa Scimeca Knierim & Chris Knierim (193.91)
8. Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier (179.45)
9. Ashley Cain & Timothy LeDuc (168.87)
2. Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (191.85)
3. Madison Chock & Evan Bates (185.58)
4. Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue (180.82)
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