USA figure skaters in medal position after day one of world championships

Montpellier, France (March 23, 2022) – The Americans are in medal position in the pairs and women’s competitions after the first day of competition at the 2022 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Montpellier, France.

The American duo tandems are in the lead after the duo short program in Montpellier. Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, fresh off silver in the team event at the Beijing Winter Olympics, are in first place after a personal best 76.88 points in the short program.

“We’re very proud of what we’ve released,” Frazier said. “Every time we go out and compete, we try to grow every program. It was a great way to end the short program of the season. I am very proud and happy for us.

Defending US champions Ashely Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc are second with 75.85 points.

“We’re super excited for our performance and our position right now,” LeDuc said. “We are delighted with the American pairs. It is an exciting position to occupy. »

The United States has not won a medal in the pairs competition at Worlds since 2002 and has not won a world pairs title since 1979.

Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan are in third place with 71.68 points.

In the women’s competition, Mariah Bell earned a personal best 72.55 points and is third ahead of the free skate.

“I’m very happy with my performance today,” said Bell. “I had a great performance and had a lot of fun…I wanted to skate my best and it’s a huge honor to be third after the court. I’m really looking forward to the free skate.

Bell, the defending American champion, finished ninth at the World Championships in 2019. This is her fourth appearance at Worlds.

Alysa Liu, who was the top American at the Beijing Winter Olympics (seventh), is less than a point off the podium after scoring 71.91 points in Wednesday’s short program. Karen Chen is eighth with 66.16 points.

Kaori Sakamoto of Japan is first at 80.32 and Belgium’s Loena Hendrickx is second at 75.00.

The women’s free skating takes place on Friday.

The 2022 World Championships will continue on Thursday with the men’s short program and the pairs free program.

NBC will broadcast coverage women’s free skating at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 26, followed by a recap show at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 17. There will be 12 additional hours of coverage of the competition in the United States. Additionally, the full competition can be streamed live on Peacock Premium.

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