COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Standout performances during October earned figure skater Nathan Chen (Salt Lake City, Utah), gymnast Morgan Hurd (Middletown, Delaware) and the ice dance duo of Maia and Alex Shibutani (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Best of October honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Nathan Chen won his first ISU Grand Prix title at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, beating reigning Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan by over three points. The 2017 U.S. champion was the only skater to break 100 points in the short program, landing a pair of quads to create a strong lead going into the free skate. Chen went on to land four quads in the free skate, scoring a season-best 193.25 points and finishing with a combined score of 293.79. The victory marked Chen’s third Grand Prix medal over the last two seasons.
In her world championship debut, gymnast Morgan Hurd was crowned the women’s all-around champion in Montreal. With teammate and all-around favorite Ragan Smith withdrawing due to injury, Hurd stepped up to keep the American winning streak alive. In her trademark glasses, Hurd edged out Canada’s Ellie Black with an impressive performance on a difficult floor routine and extended Team USA’s all-around reign to seven straight world or Olympic titles. Two days after winning the all-around title, Hurd capped her sensational debut with a silver medal on the balance beam.
The sibling duo of Maia and Alex Shibutani opened the 2017-18 ISU Grand Prix Series with a dominant win in the ice dance competition at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. The two-time defending U.S. champions earned the top score in both the short dance and free dance, beating six-time Russian champions Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev by nearly five points and finishing with a score of 189.24. The Shibutanis earned Level 4 accolades in four of five elements in the short dance and in five of seven elements in the free dance. The victory marked the pair’s fifth Grand Prix Series gold medal.
In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by DICK’S Sporting Goods and USG.
About the Team USA Awards
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.