Chock and Bates defend title, win 4th U.S. ice dance gold

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Madison Chock and Evan Bates efficiently defended their ice dancing title Saturday on the U.S. Determine Skating Championships, scoring 137.85 within the free dance for a top-place whole rating of 229.75.

The lately engaged couple has medaled at nationals in each season since 2013. That is 11 straight years, which matches former coaching mates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (2012-22) for probably the most consecutive years on the U.S. ice dance podium.

Caroline Inexperienced and Michael Parsons earned the silver medal with a free dance rating of 126.06 for his or her program set to “Rhapsody in Blue,” whereas Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko, who have been fourth after the quick program, scored 121.08 and moved up a spot to take the bronze. Emilea Zingas and Vadym Kolesnik continued a powerful debut season as companions, ending fourth with a 119.95.

In a free dance impressed by the connection between hearth and air that was languid and scorching, Chock and Bates earned near-perfect scores on their program parts, which account for skating abilities and artistry.

Chock and Bates, Hubbell and Donohue, and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker have occupied the highest three spots on the rostrum for the previous 4 years. However Hubbell and Donohue retired and Hawayek and Baker withdrew from nationals to prioritize their bodily and psychological well being.

Ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani, together with U.S. Determine Skating Basis president and trustee Paul E. George, have been inducted into the U.S. Determine Skating Corridor of Fame through the occasion.

The Shibutani siblings are two-time nationwide champions and three-time world medalists, and maintain the excellence of being the primary athletes of Asian descent to medal in Olympic ice dance once they took the bronze within the 2018 Pyeongchang Video games.


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