Canadian and American Olympic Teams Announced!

In the weekend that just passed, Canada and the U.S. had their National figure skating championships and with that came two announcements that decided the fate of a lot of Olympic hopefuls. Videos of many of the performances at Nationals have yet to surface so I can’t quite post highlight videos or make many comments. Then again, let’s just cut to the chase.

Also, want to know how we decide how many skaters and which ones go to the Olympics? I have a Skating 101 post for that.

Canada’s Olympic figure skating team:

Canada-Olympic-Figure-Skating-Team 2014

Men

Patrick Chan
Kevin Reynolds
Liam Firus

Ladies

Katelyn Osmond
Gabrielle Daleman

Pairs

Meaghan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch
Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers

Ice Dance

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje
Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam

For more information as well as the source of this list, consult the official Skate Canada page here or the CBC article here.

us nationals ladies podium 2014 2

The Americans had their figure skating championships in Boston last weekend but the Olympic team announcement contained a huge surprise for the ladies team. In my Skating 101 post, I mentioned that the U.S. tends to decide which skaters to send to the World Championships and the Olympics based solely on the results of their national competition. (If you’ve ever watched Johnny Weir’s reality show, you might remember how much emphasis was put on the National Championships – something we don’t hear or see in news reports of skaters from other countries.) According to many news reports, Grand Prix Final silver medalist Ashley Wagner did not perform her best and ended up with the pewter medal (4th place) at Nationals, behind Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds and Mirai Nagasu who won gold, silver and bronze respectively. However, this is the…

U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team:

us olympic figure skating team 2014

Men

Jeremy Abbott
Jason Brown

Ladies

Gracie Gold
Polina Edmunds
Ashley Wagner

It seems that Mirai Nagasu was cut from the Olympic team probably because of Wagner’s success this season in the Grand Prix series. Nagasu was named first alternate.

Pairs

Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir
Felicia Zhang & Nathan Bartholomay

Ice Dance

Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Madison Chock & Evan BatesMaia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani

For more information, as well as a list of alternates, please consult the U.S. Figure Skating page.

What do you think of Canada and the U.S.’ figure skating teams? Was there a skater or a team that should have gone in lieu of another in your opinion? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

As well, I’m still looking for a reliable source for the Chinese and Russian Olympic figure skating teams. If anyone has any information, let me know! So far, I think I have a reliable list for the Chinese team but further verification would be greatly appreciated!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Andrea Kobayashi (@AndreaKobayashi)
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 19:58:26

    I feel bad for Nagasu! Jack Gallagher in the Japan Time’s Ice Time column wrote about it recently. I feel Nagasu has matured a great deal and was improving through 2013. Most unfortunate. Let’s hope Edmonds can stand up to the pressure.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2014/01/17/figure-skating/outrage-follows-decision-to-leave-nagasu-off-u-s-team/#.UtsiSLSmqUk

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    • rinksidecafe
      Jan 19, 2014 @ 17:26:41

      Personally, I think the USFSA needs to stop making the National Championships such a high stakes competition. I’m sure they do it to make it more exciting and therefore generate more sales but I feel as if it might disrupt the athletes’ season and put too much pressure on what I feel is the least important competition of the season. You’re supposed to peak at Worlds or the Olympics, not your National championships where most of the time, the competition is watered down.
      I think Nagasu has matured as well but I also think it would be foolish to leave Wagner off the Olympic team. She’s had two great seasons which have only been marred by this result at Nationals. Edmonds, on the other hand, is seriously the choice I’m questioning.

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