Following Rika Kihira's victory on Friday, it marked the first time since that Japanese skaters won both the men's and women's Four Continents' singles championships. The men's field was missing two of the biggest names -- two-time Olympic gold medalist Hanyu and reigning world champion Nathan Chen. Hanyu is recovering from a right ankle injury, while Chen opted to focus on his studies as a freshman at Yale University. The Four Continents is the final tune-up event prior to March's world championships in Saitama. The four-day meet concludes Sunday with the ice dancing free dance and an exhibition gala.
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Subscribe to get daily news To have the latest news and stories delivered to your inbox, subscribe here. You have to be around the right people in order to do that. Bates: I think everybody there has experienced the highs and lows themselves. Everybody has their own journey. I feel like a respect for each other. I have a lot of respect for the teams at the rink.
Chock: Exactly. They had to leave their country and train in France. I think that was really hard for them, to have to move. That was what Patch said, he wanted to make a school in North America, for North American teams so there would be that foundation for skaters. Bates: I love that they just went through it themselves. Who better to mentor us and guide us than people who literally, I was watching at the Olympics. I was watching them win world medals. Our whole courtyard froze over!! What else do you expect me to do? Finally, changing gears. Can you explain what happened on your porch when it froze over?
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Championships for the second time in January, where she said she was comforted by the presence of her boyfriend, parents, friends, and extended family. She then placed sixth at the Four Continents Championships in Anaheim in February — essentially a local competition for the California-based skater. How do you think you measured up to the goals you set for this U. It was tough to skate last.
I totally anticipated her getting a huge score. Do you feel more mature in yourself and in your skating, if you compare nationals this year to nationals last year? I think that comes from more time spent with my coach. I also had a much better season this year than I did last year at this time.
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I did well on my Grand Prixes. I did well at both my senior Bs. Overall, I felt like I had a lot of great momentum coming into these championships. We have a top Korean girl who just got second at her nationals.
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I do have a little more experience which helps me. I started working with Lisa McKinnon. This is my first year working with her. She sort of does it all. You go in, you give her a piece of music. I was like, whatever you think. I talked a little bit with [short program choreographer] Adam [ Rippon ] about maybe what he would kind of want, and also with [free skate choreographer] Shae-Lynn [ Bourne ].
I had sort of an idea, but she really took over. I just feel really lucky to get to work with her. Literally, I got measured, fit, got the fittings done, they fit perfectly, and she did the crystals. And super easy!
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I was going through different programs and dresses! And this year it was like, organized and got taken care of fast. Figure Skating Championships in January, just days before her 21st birthday. Her next stop is the world championships in Saitama, Japan from March The PyeongChang Olympian will look to improve on her sixth-place finish from the World Championships. NBCSports spoke with Tennell in Detroit after nationals wrapped up about the surge in her popularity since winning the national title in , her ability to sell the storylines in her programs this year, and one quirky fact about why she always wears her hair the same way during competition.
Have you started to settle into like the pace of the media requests? I think last year with everything and how it went, it was kind of a shock to me. At first it was… it was a bit unnerving. Do you agree? Then, the slow part is the tragedy where you find him on the floor. That part is so raw. The ending is when Juliet is gonna take her own life. I really felt like having that whole story from the very beginning really helped me in the artistry department this year.
You had said before nationals that one of your goals was to display your artistry. Did you meet that goal? I did. Especially my short program. I think I just struggled a little bit to show it. I think this time I really did that well here.