US Figure Skating Championships 2016: Saturday Results and Updated Schedule

Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2016

Jason Brown of the United States performs during the gale exhibition of the World Team Trophy Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Team USA’s best opened 2016 in style at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Minnesota at the midway mark before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

This year’s event will be without defending champion and former Olympic gold medalist Jason Brown, who continues to recover from a back strain. But Max Aaron and Adam Rippon will headline an exciting event on the men's side.

Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds—all of whom competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia—are the top-tier talent to keep an eye out for on the women’s side.

Here is a look at Saturday's results:

US Figure Skating Championships 2016 — Saturday Results
Intermediate Dance – American Waltz and Fox TrotCompetitiorsTotal Score
FirstElizabeth Tkachenko, Alexei Kiliakov22.69
SecondIsabella Amoia, Cory Fraiman21.43
ThirdIsabel Blahunka, Will Shawver19.21
Intermediate Dance – Fox TrotCompetitiorsScore
FirstElizabeth Tkachenko, Alexei Kiliakov24.86
SecondIsabella Amoia, Cory Fraiman22.00
ThirdIsabel Blahunka, Will Shawver21.84
Intermediate Ladies – Short ProgramCompetitiorsScore
FirstAlysa Liu40.24
SecondJacqueline Lee39.14
ThirdSophia Chouinard39.02
Intermediate Men – Short ProgramCompetitiorsScore
FirstJoseph Kang45.14
SecondAlex Wellman41.33
ThirdLucas Altieri38.15
Intermediate Pairs – Short ProgramCompetitiorsScore
FirstJasmine Fendi, Joshua Fendi36.59
SecondEliana Secunda, Blake Eisenach33.17
ThirdBerit Cummings, Jabe Roberts33.14
Juvenile Boys – Free SkateCompetitiorsScore
FirstIlia Malinin58.06
SecondSamuel Mindra54.41
ThirdMaxim Zharkov51.92
Juvenile Dance – Hickory HodownCompetitiorsScore
FirstLayla Karnes, Jeffrey Chen25.82
SecondClaire Cain, Andrei Davydov25.16
ThirdMaria Soldatova, Faddey Soldatov24.96
Juvenile Dance – Ten FoxCompetitiorsScore
FirstLayla Karnes, Jeffrey Chen25.61
SecondMaria Soldatova, Faddey Soldatov25.19
ThirdClaire Cain, Andrei Davydov20.69
Juvenile Girls – Free SkateCompetitiorsScore
FirstStephanie Ciarochi54.62
SecondHanna Harrell53.90
ThirdReagan Scott53.33
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And here is a look at the rest of the event's schedule:

 

Elizabeth Tkachenko, 9, and Alexei Kiliakov Jr., 10, each followed up their gold medal performances from a year ago with another clean sweep in the intermediate dance in the juvenile category Saturday. And the Fendi twins, Joshua and Jasmine, continued their march among the intermediate pairs.

In the juveniles, Ilia Malinin won the boys' free skate, while Layla Karnes and Jeffrey Chen won the Hickory Hoedown and Ten-Fox, and Stephanie Ciarochi won the girls' free skate.

U.S. Figure Skating congratulated the group of winners:

The marquee events will take place next weekend, with Gold, Aaron, Evan Bates and Madison Chock set to hit the rink. Perhaps the most enticing event will pit Wagner against Gold next Saturday.

"Obviously, that battle is always interesting. They're both seasoned competitors now and they're always pushing each other to get better," gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi said about the event, per Chris Hewitt of the St. Paul Pioneer Press

This early-year event will be pivotal, as it's the final qualifying competition before Team USA names its official team for the junior championships and Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. The Americans will also send three women, three men, two pairs teams and three ice-dance teams to the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in March in Boston based on this week's results.