It's a historic moment for Asian-Americans skaters. U.S. Figure Skating will announce on Saturday who'll compete in women's and ice dancing, but they're expected to tap siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani for the short dance and first-time Olympian Bradie Tennell, 20, for the women's short program. "I definitely think that played a role".
Figure skating coverage continues with the men's and women's free skate and free dance on Sunday, Feb. 11.
Team Canada awaits their score at the Figure Skating Team Event at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Aside from a low catch on the throw triple twist (level one), Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara landed side-by-side triple Lutzes and a throw triple Salchow in their routine to music from the Yuri on Ice soundtrack. "I think we felt that energy throughout the entire program". While there is great intrigue for the individual events here, in the team competition, the placements are nearly a foregone conclusion: OAR, Canada and the United States, just like in 2014 in Sochi, the inaugural Olympic team event. The athletes are so proud to represent us all on the world's largest stage and will certainly appreciate your encouragement! "I am really grateful to have the Olympics at home".
One factor could be that the skating rinks and training centers are in places like the San Francisco Bay Area and Detroit where the pool of talent is more diverse, she said.
You see, figure skating has always been among the most popular Winter Olympic sports in the United States, driving the massive TV ratings for which broadcast partner NBC paid billions.
Notably missing from the U.S. Olympic Women's Figure Skating Team is 2016 world silver medalist and three-time U.S. champion, Ashley Wagner. "The whole time in the back of my head, I was just thinking, keep your back straight".
Audrey Weisiger, a Chinese-American former figure skater and now coach theorizes that a combination of factors can lead to success for Asian-American figure skaters, including a smaller physical frame. Maia and Alex Shibutani, three-time world medalists, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, two-time world medalists, and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, reigning USA champions, have each stood atop the US podium. And figure skating can be a very expensive sport.
"It was the fact that I didn't do what I wanted to do", the Salt Lake native said after making three major mistakes in his short program performance Friday morning, his contribution to Team USA's team event competition. Nathan Chen of the usa followed him. Watch for 18-year-old Maame Biney in the women's 500m, a race that's an all-out sprint to the finish.
Gotze scores on Dortmund return
Schalke refused to buckle, however, and was rewarded for its intensity when Franco di Santo equalized before the half-hour mark. Dortmund leapt up to third after Bayer Leverkusen surprisingly lost 2-0 at home to Hertha Berlin to slip to fifth.
"I$3 definitely need to work harder for the next couple of days", said the U.S. Champion.
"I'm glad I got the opportunity to come out here, put the programs down, learn from it, but right now, all I can do is try to analyze what I did wrong, and just let it go and move on", he said.
Regardless of ethnicity or background, skaters say it's also about the mentality.
Figure skating is not all about the jumps.
"I was really excited".
"It is my first time coming to the Olympics but I wasn't as anxious as I thought." said the 21-year-old. All of that added up to a lot of anticipation about what he could accomplish in PyeongChang.
Numerous young Asian-American skaters credit Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan as role models who showed what's possible.
The Canadian star was in good company, as American men's gold medal hope Chen also slipped up.
"They were just supportive". They're pushing the boundaries. So with a 14-hour time difference to the East Coast, the decision was made to conduct figure skating competitions in the morning, allowing them to be televised live in prime time to an American audience.