It is not shocking to see Meryl Davis and Charlie White in the lead after the short program today at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. They are an amazing team who are on the hunt for a sixth U.S. Championship title and a spot on the Olympic Team.
Davis and White skated beautifully and brought the audience to their feet while skating to My Fair Lady. They could sit on the ice for their entire free skate and still be named to the Olympic Team, since they have gone undefeated for almost two years now, yet they continue to push the envelope each time they get onto the ice.
Last year’s U.S. Championship silver medalists, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, have now put themselves in position for yet another silver medal. This team has the speed, the spark and the unison that has made them one of the best in the nation.
Sibling duo, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani also skated well with only minor issues on their twizzles, as they did leave some point on the table. They were still able to hold onto third place as they recovered well and skated with energy and enthusiasm.
Coming in only 1.31 points behind the Shibutani’s are Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue. This team placed fourth at nationals last year and are hoping to make their way onto the podium this season. Hubbell and Donohue came out with a strong short program and are only trailing by a small margin, yet they will have to skate their best to overcome the Shibutani’s in the free skate.
Newbies Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton have had a great senior debut thus far, coming in right behind Hubbell and Donohue. They showed such connection and maturity, it is no wonder that they are the two-time U.S. junior national champions. They were more than ready to make their senior debut.
The ice dance free skate will conclude on Saturday on NBC. Be sure to check your local listings for times. It should be a dramatic finish, especially for the third place finisher who will most likely be named to the U.S. Olympic Team.
Current short program standings:
1. Meryl Davis and Charlie White - 80.69 WATCH
2. Madison Chock and Evan Bates - 73.41 WATCH
3. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani - 68.00 WATCH
4. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue - 66.69 WATCH
5. Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton - 63.71
6. Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt - 61.22
7. Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus - 54.63
8. Alissandra Aronow and Collin Brubaker - 53.19
9. Ginna Hoptman and Pavel Filchenkov - 52.68
10. Anastasia Olson and Ian Lorello - 47.86
11. Isabella Cannuscio and Michael Bramante - 46.21
12. Madeline Heritage and Nathaniel Fas - 41.63
13. Danielle Gamelin and Alexander Gamelin - 39.87
14. Kristen Nardozzi, and Nick Traxler - 38.14
15. Elicia Reynold and Stephen Reynolds - 36.52
16. Kseniya Ponomaryova and Oleg Altukhov - 27.05
17. Gabriela Morrell Zucker and Andrejs Sitiks - 25.58
18. Pauline Bynum and Jason Deveikis - 23.68