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Nathan Chen, Mikaela Shiffrin & U.S. Sled Hockey Team Awarded Best Of December

By United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee | Jan. 08, 2020, 3 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced that standout performances from figure skater Nathan Chen (Salt Lake City, Utah), alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colorado) and the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team earned Best of December honors for Team USA Awards presented by Dow. 

Capturing his third consecutive Grand Prix Final title in Torino, Italy, Chen became the first American man to win the Grand Prix Final three times, while also setting a new points world record in free skate with a score of 224.92 and in total with a score of 335.30. Chen continued his winning streak to nine consecutive events, dating back to the 2018 world championships.

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Shiffrin won her fourth straight world cup on U.S. snow in slalom in Killington, Vermont, by a margin of 2.29 seconds, her biggest victory gap in three years. Additionally, Shiffrin capped the month by sweeping two world cup races in Lienz, Austria, to bring her career total to 64 wins, matching Lindsey Vonn’s record for most women’s world cup victories in one discipline with 43 slalom wins.

The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team clinched its sixth consecutive gold medal after defeating rival Canada, 2-1, at the Para Hockey Cup in Paradise, Newfoundland. Team USA finished the event with a perfect 5-0-0-0 record for the third straight year and outscored its opponents 25-2.

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% of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.

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