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:
Meaghan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch
Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje
Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam
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:
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.
Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir
Felicia Zhang & Nathan Bartholomay
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!
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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!