COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Notable performances during October earned figure skaters Jason Brown, Ashley Wagner and the ice dance team of Maia and Alex Shibutani Best of October honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Competing in front of a hometown crowd, Brown landed his first quadruple jump in competition to take silver at Skate America in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. His quad toeloop helped boost him up from third place after the short program as he finished with a total score of 268.38, behind Shoma Uno of Japan (279.34) and ahead of teammate Adam Rippon (261.43).
Wagner claimed the women’s gold medal at Skate America. Determined to maintain her lead following the short program, she secured the victory with an overall score of 196.44, ahead of teammate Mariah Bell (191.59) and Japan’s Mai Mihara (189.28). The event marked Wagner’s first major competition since her historic silver-medal-winning performance at the 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
The Shibutani siblings claimed their first Skate America title, winning the ice dance gold medal handily with a 10-point margin of victory. Their winning overall score of 185.95 topped Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (175.77) and Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev (174.77).
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories, and three from the team category to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.
In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by Coca-Cola, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Kellogg’s, Samsung and USG.