LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The ice dance team of Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen knew there would be little room for error in Monday’s free dance.
Heading into the day, Wolfkostin and Chen were sitting in fifth place after earning 57.02 points in the rhythm dance on Saturday.But when it was go-time, the two showed up.
“It went really well,” Wolfkostin said after competing. “There are always things to improve on, but overall it was really great and a good experience.”
The pair earned the bronze medal with 95.41 points on the free dance for a combined ice dance score of 152.43.
“I stayed on my feet the whole time so that was a good start,” Chen joked. “It was pretty solid. There is still room for improvement - there were a few small mistakes - but overall it was good.”
The bronze medal marked the first podium finish for Team USA at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020.
The two, who have been competing together for less than one year, are representing Team USA in Switzerland. While the home country was the crowd favorite, there were plenty of American flags in the crowd from some familiar faces. For Wolfkostin and Chen, one of the most important parts of their skate today was being able to perform in front of those who matter most.
“Our families both came to watch and were in the crowd cheering for us,” Wolfkostin said. “They’ve always been super supportive and it’s just really cool to perform for them.”