Chen and Tennell to take part in Skate America in October

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FILE – In this file photo from March 27, 2021, Nathan Chen of the United States performs during the men’s free skating program at the World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. Three-time world champion Nathan Chen will begin his preparation for the Winter Olympics at Skate America at the end of October in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / Martin Meissner, file)

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Three-time world champion Nathan Chen will begin his preparation for the Winter Olympics at Skate America at the end of October in Las Vegas.

Chen, who has won the last five U.S. titles and is internationally undefeated since failing to win a medal at the 2018 Olympics, is considered a big favorite for the Beijing Games. Skate America is the first of six Grand Prix events leading up to the Grand Prix final in December, which Chen has won three times.

Vincent Zhou, the second American, will join Chen on the Las Vegas field.

Reigning National Champion Bradie Tennell will also compete in the Women’s Skate America. The other American women competing will be Amber Glenn and Audrey Shin.

The ice dance event will feature the top two American couples: Madison Chock and Evan Bates; Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue. Top pairs Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson, Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, as well as Chelsea Liu and Danny O’Shea will also compete.


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