Bell tops Chen to win first US figure skating championshipJanuary 8, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mariah Bell had been to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships nine times without standing atop the podium.
She'd finished second once. Third a couple times. A disappointing fifth four years ago, when the ever-smiling Bell arrived at nationals as one of the leading contenders for the three-woman team headed to that year's Winter Olympics.
Russian ladies, Hanyu in Japan chasing Winter Olympic berthsDecember 23, 2021 GMT
The attention of the figure skating world rests squarely on the Eastern Hemisphere this week.
The Russian national championships should reveal Olympic favorites for the women's competition, and two-time and reigning gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu will make his season debut at Japanese nationals.