COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Standout performances during January earned figure skaters Nathan Chen (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Alysa Liu (Richmond, California), as well as the U.S. men’s team pursuit track cycling team Best of January honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Chen won his third consecutive national title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. En route to the gold medal, the full-time Yale University freshman smashed his own scoring records in short program (113.42), free skate (228.80) and overall score (342.22). His overall score topped the field by 58.21 points, setting a U.S. record for the largest margin of victory. His winning performance was highlighted by two quads in his short program and four in his free skate.
At age 13, Liu became the youngest U.S. figure skating champion after her performance in Detroit. Sitting in second place following the short program, she completed a historic free skate – becoming the first American woman to land two triple axels in a single performance – and scored 143.62 points to win the U.S. title. Having already completed one triple axel in the short program, she also became just the second woman in the world to land three triple axels in a single competition.
The team of Ashton Lambie (Lincoln, Nebraska), Colby Lange (Vail, Colorado), Danny Summerhill (Centennial, Colorado) and Eric Young (Geneva, Illinois) finished second in team pursuit at the world cup in Hong Kong. After notching the second-fastest time in qualifying, the U.S. defeated Italy in the final to earn the silver medal – the best finish for a U.S. men’s team pursuit squad in more than a decade.
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.