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2016 U.S. Nationals Senior Ladies

Posted by unseenskaters on January 21, 2016

CHAMPIONSHIP LADIES Medalists:
GOLD: Gracie Gold, Wagon Wheel FSC
SILVER: Polina Edmunds, Peninsula SC
BRONZE: Ashley Wagner, SC of Wilmington (DE)
PEWTER: Mirai Nagasu, Pasadena FSC

5 Tyler Pierce, All Year FSC (< 0.4 point from 4th)
6-12: Bradie Tennell, Wagon Wheel FSC; Hannah Miller, Lansing SC; Karen Chen, Peninsula SC; Courtney Hicks, All Year FSC; Angela Wang, Salt Lake Figure Skating; Mariah Bell, Rocky Mountain FSC; Franchesca Chiera, Panthers FSC;
13-22: Katie McBeath, Westminster FSC of Erie; Ashley Cain, SC of New York; Heidi Munger, SC of Boston; Christina Cleveland, Strongsville; Alexie Mieskoski, Columbus FSC; Maria Yang, Peninsula SC; Carly Gold, All Year FSC; Avery Kurtz, Broadmoor SC; Alexis Gagnon, Coyotes SC of Arizona; Elena Pulkinen, Coyotes SC of Arizona.
Final & Free Skate results/protocols (Saturday 1/23)

Click here to read Icenetwork’s FS article and click here to view Icenetwork’s FS action photo gallery.

Short Program results/protocols (Thursday 1/21)
SP Top 12 (and jump notes from protocol):
70.19 Edmunds 38.36 TES / 31.83 PCS (landed 3Lz+3T, 3F, 2A & all + GOEs)
62.50 Gold 30.07 / 32.43 (1Lz, 3F+2T, 2A)
62.45 Pierce 34.54 / 27.91 (3T+3T, 2A, 3Lo)
62.41 Wagner 30.61 / 32.80 -1 (3F+3T<< fall, 2A, 3Lo)
59.64 Nagasu 30.55 / 29.09 (3F(e)+2T, 3Lo, 2A)
58.85 Bell 34.10 / 25.75 -1 (3Lz+3T fall, 3F, 2A)
58.26 Tennell 32.31 / 25.95 (3Lz+3T<, 3F(-), 2A)
57.94 Chiera 33.38 / 24.56 (3F+2T, 2A, 3F & all + GOEs)
57.86 Miller 30.36 / 27.50 (3T+3T<<, 3F, 2A)
55.23 Wang 29.55 / 25.68 (3T+3T-, Rippon 3Lo<, 2A)
54.93 Hicks 30.93 / 26.00 -2 (3F+3T fall, 3Lz fall, 2A)
54.86 Chen 29.07 / 27.79 -2 (3Lz fall, 3Lo fall, 2A)

Click here to read Icenetwork’s SP article and click here to view Icenetwork’s SP action photo gallery.

TEAM PROFILES:

Mariah Bell
Age: 19; 4/18/96
Hometown: Westminster, CO
Club: Rocky Mountain FSC
Training Town: Monument, CO
Coach: Kori Ade, Rohene Ward
Choreographer: Cindy Stuart (SP), Rohene Ward (FS)
SP: StormCry by David Arkenstone
FS: Born on the Fourth of July film soundtrack
Notes: She placed 6th in Senior last year and was the 2013 Junior silver medalist.

Ashley Cain
Age: 20; 7/22/95
Hometown: Coppell, TX
Club: SC of New York
Training Town: Euless, TX
Coach: Peter Cain, Darlene Cain
Choreographer: Scott Brown (FS), Jeremy Abbott (SP)
SP: Skinny Love by Birdy
FS: Bolero for violin & orchestra, performed by Vanessa-Mae
Notes: She placed 14th in Senior last year and dealt with injury last summer. She was the 2012 Junior silver medalist.

Karen Chen
Age: 15; 8/16/99
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Club: Peninsula SC
Training Town: Riverside, CA
Coach: Tammy Gambill
Choreographer: Cindy Stuart, Justin Dillon
SP: Nessun Dorma by Puccini
FS: Les Miserables medley by Claude-Michel Schönberg, incl. On My Own (vocal)
Notes: She won the 2015 U.S. bronze medal in her Senior national debut.

Franchesca Chiera
Age: 18; (M/D/Y) 10/8/97
Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
Club: Panthers FSC
Training Town: Coral Springs, FL
Coach: Artem Torgashev, Ilona Melnichenko, Curtis Chornopyski
Choreographer: Ilona Melnichenko, Scott Brown
SP: Nyah (from Mission Impossible 2) by Hans Zimmer
FS: At Last performed by Etta James
Notes: This is her third consecutive Nationals at the Senior level.
Click here to read a Florida article about her that was published before Nationals.

Christina Cleveland
Age: 19; 10/25/96
Hometown: Reston, VA
Club: Strongsville FSC (OH)
Training Town: Monument, CO
Coach: Kori Ade, Rohene Ward, Vincent Restencourt
Choreographer: Rohene Ward
SP: Lonely Heart by Evgeni Sokolovski performed by Bel Suono
FS: Harem performed by Sarah Brightman
Notes: She made her Senior national debut last year.

Polina Edmunds
Age: 17; 5/18/98
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Club: Peninsula SC
Training Town: San Jose, CA
Coach: David Glynn, Nina Edmunds
Choreographer: Rudy Galindo
SP: Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven
FS: Gone with the Wind film soundtrack by Max Steiner
Notes: She is 2015 Four Continents champion. In her previous two Nationals at the Senior level she won the silver in 2014 and the pewter last year.
Click here to read a San Jose Mercury News article about her (includes video interview) that was published before Nationals.

Alexis Gagnon
Age: 18; 4/25/97
Hometown: Desert Hills, AZ
Club: Coyotes FSC of Arizona
Training Town: Scottsdale, AZ
Coach: Dawn Piepenbrink-McCosh
Choreographer: Dawn Piepenbrink-McCosh
SP: Vertigogo by Combustible Edison; Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini
FS: La Cumparsita & La Morocha by Boulevard Tango Club
Notes: This is her first trip to Nationals. She is the 2015 U.S. Collegiate pewter medalist (Scottsdale Community College).
Click here to read an Arizona Examiner.com article about her that was published before Nationals.

Carly Gold
Age: 20; 8/17/95
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Club: All Year FSC
Training Town: El Segundo, CA
Coach: Frank Carroll
Choreographer: Scott Brown
SP: Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 by Franz Liszt
FS: Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Notes: This is her first trip to Nationals. She is the fraternal twin of Gracie Gold. Click here to read USA Today article about her and her sister that was published before Nationals.

Gracie Gold
Age: 20; 8/17/95
Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA
Club: Wagon Wheel FSC
Training Town: El Segundo, CA
Coach: Frank Carroll
Choreographer: Lori Nichol
SP: El Choclo by Angel Villoldo
FS: The Firebird by Stravinsky
Notes: She was the 2014 U.S. champion and the silver medalist last year. Her placements at the World Championships (2013-15) were 6th, 5th and 4th.

Courtney Hicks
Age: 20; 12/15/95
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Club: All Year FSC
Training Town: Aliso Viejo/Lake Forest, CA
Coach: Jere Michael, Alex Chang, John Nicks
Choreographer: Jonathan Cassar (SP), Rohene Ward (FS)
SP: The Feeling Begins by Peter Gabriel
FS: Elizabeth: The Golden Age film soundtrack by A.R. Rahman and Craig Armstrong
Notes: She placed 8th in Senior last year. She won her first Senior Grand Prix medal (silver at NHK Trophy) in November 2015.

Avery Kurtz
Age: 18; 12/17/97
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Club: Broadmoor SC
Training Town: Colorado Springs
Coach: Eddie Shipstad, Catarina Lindgren
Choreographer: Catarina Lindgren
SP: A Day in the Life (The Beatles) by Jeff Beck
FS: Braveheart film soundtrack by James Horner
Notes: This is her first trip to Nationals at the Senior level.

Katie McBeath
Age: 21; (M/D/Y) 12/2/94
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Club: Westminster FSC of Erie (PA)
Training Town: Cleveland, OH
Coach: Sally Tasca, Jacqueline Redenshek-Henry
Choreographer: Jacqueline Redenshek-Henry
SP: Sway by The Pussycat Dolls
FS: Cinderella film soundtrack by Nick Murray
Notes: She made her Senior national debut last year.

Alexie Mieskoski
Age: 21; 1/16/95
Hometown: Reynoldsburg, OH
Club: Columbus FSC
Training Town: Columbus, OH
Coach: Damon Allen, Sandy Rucker Straub
Choreographer: Daniil Barantsev
SP: Ana’s Dream by Maksim Mrvica
FS: Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov
Notes: This is her first trip to Nationals. She competed at the 2015 U.S. Collegiate Championships (Ohio University).

Hannah Miller
Age: 19; 8/28/96
Hometown: Williamston, Michigan
Club: Lansing SC (MI)
Training Town: Artesia, CA
Coach: Rafael Arutyunyan, Kirsten Miller-Zisholz, Nadia Kanaeva, Vera Arutyunyan
Choreographer: Tom Dickson
SP: Arabesque by Benise
FS: Prelude La Boheme Act 1 and Non piangere, Liù (from Turandot) by Giacomo Puccini; Il Pristine (from The Postman film soundtrack by‎ Luis Bacalov‎); Vissi d’arte (from Tosca) by Puccini
Notes: After graduating as valedictorian of her Michigan high school last year, she moved to California for training in June 2015.

Heidi Munger
Age: 19; 8/28/96
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Club: SC of Boston
Training Town: Boston, MA
Coach: Peter Johansson, Mark Mitchell
Choreographer: Jamie Isley, Cindy Stuart, Mark Mitchell
SP: ABBA’s The Winner Takes it All, covered by Sarah Dawn Finer
FS: Romeo & Juliet medley, including Kissing You performed by Des’ree
Notes: This is her first trip to Nationals. Click here to read a Worcester, Mass. article about her that was published before Nationals.

Mirai Nagasu
Age: 22; 4/16/93
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Club: Pasadena FSC
Training Town: Colorado Springs, CO
Coach: Tom Zakrajsek
Choreographer: Catarina Lindgren
SP: Demons by Imagine Dragons, covered by Sam Tsui
FS: The Great Gatsby film soundtrack
Notes: She is the 2015 U.S. Collegiate champion (Univ. of Colorado at Colorado Springs).

Tyler Pierce
Age: 18; (M/D/Y) 10/12/98
Hometown: Norco, CA
Club: All Year FSC
Training Town: Riverside, CA
Coach: Tammy Gambill
Choreographer: Cindy Stuart
SP: Voices from the Forest by Paul Spaeth
FS: Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens
Notes: She placed 7th in Senior last year and was the 2014 Junior silver medalist. She left Monument, Colorado to return to her original training location of Riverside, California in late summer/early fall of 2015.

Elena Pulkinen
Age: 18; 4/18/97
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Club: Coyotes SC of Arizona
Training Town: Scottsdale, AZ
Coach: Karen Gesell
Choreographer: Karen Gesell
SP: Kung Fu Panda: Cello Ascends by The Piano Guys
FS: Nausicaa Valley of the Wind by Joe Hisaishi
Notes: This is her first trip to Nationals. She is a freshman neuroscience major at UCLA. Her younger brother Camden competed in the Junior Men’s event earlier this week and was quoted in an article: “Her skating has become more pretty to watch. I’ve noticed she has a factor that draws people in when she skates. Technically, it’s getting there, but she’s a beautiful skater.”

Bradie Tennell
Age: 17; 1/31/98
Hometown: Carpentersville, IL
Club: Wagon Wheel FSC
Training Town: Buffalo Grove, IL
Coach: Denise Myers
Choreographer: Scott Brown
SP: The Storm by Balazs Havasi
FS: Tango in Ebony by Maksim Mrvica
Notes: She is the 2015 U.S. Junior champion.
Click here to read a Chicago article that featured Bradie (and two of her coach’s other students) that was published before Nationals.

Ashley Wagner
Age: 24; 5/16/91
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Club: SC of Wilmington (DE)
Training Town: Los Angeles, CA
Coach: Rafael Arutyunyan, Nadia Kanaeva
Choreographer: Shae-Lynn Bourne
SP: Hip Hip Chin Chin performed by Club des Belugas
FS: Moulin Rouge film soundtrack
Notes: She is the 2015 and three-time U.S. champion.

Angela Wang
Age: 19; 7/30/96
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Club: Salt Lake FS
Training Town: Colorado Springs, CO
Coach: Christy Krall, Erik Schultz, Damon Allen, Rachael Flatt, Ryan Bradley
Choreographer: Rachael Flatt (SP), Mark Pillay (FS)
SP: Paint it Black performed by Angele Dubeau & La Pieta
FS: En Aranjuez con tu amor by Joaquin Rodrigo (female vocal)
Notes: She is the 2015 U.S. Collegiate silver medalist (Univ. of Colorado at Colorado Springs). She won 2 bronze medals in senior international competitions in Salt Lake City and Barrie, Ontario, in the fall of 2015.

Maria Yang
Age: 18; (M/D/Y) 4/6/97
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Club: Peninsula SC
Training Town: San Jose, CA
Coach: David Glynn, Lynn Smith, Justin Dillon
Choreographer: Nataliya Tymoshenko
SP: Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet
FS: Pearl Harbor soundtrack by Hans Zimmer
Notes: She is a freshman at Stanford University and the 2015 U.S. Collegiate bronze medalist.

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