The best figure skaters in America have been plying their trade at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this week. In the event's fourth day of competition, it was all about the juniors as the United States' youngest skaters took the ice on Wednesday.
Here are the results from all of Wednesday's action.
|2016 US Figure Skating Championships: Wednesday Results|
|Junior Short Dance (Pairs)||Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter||73.42|
|Junior Short Program (Pairs)||Joy Weinberg and Maximiliano Fernandez||139.24|
|Junior Men Free Skate||Tomoki Hiwatashi||202.73|
|Junior Ladies Free Skate||Emily Chan||180.83|
And here are the remaining events for championships:
|2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships' Remaining Schedule|
|Championship Pairs Short Program||Thursday, Jan. 21||3:45 p.m.|
|Championship Ladies Short Program||Thursday, Jan. 21||8:30 p.m.|
|Junior Free Dance||Friday, Jan. 22||10 a.m.|
|Championship Short Dance||Friday, Jan. 22||3:30 p.m.|
|Championship Men’s Short Program||Friday, Jan. 22||8:30 p.m.|
|Championship Pairs Free Skate (Group 1)||Saturday, Jan. 23||10 a.m.|
|Championship Free Dance (Group 1)||Saturday, Jan. 23||10 a.m.|
|Championship Pairs Free Skate (Groups 2 & 3)||Saturday, Jan. 23||2:30 p.m.|
|Championship Free Dance (Groups 2 & 3)||Saturday, Jan. 23||2:30 p.m.|
|Championship Ladies Free Skate||Saturday, Jan. 23||7 p.m.|
|Championship Men’s Free Skate||Sunday, Jan. 24||2 p.m.|
|Smucker’s Skating Spectacular||Sunday, Jan. 24||8 p.m.|
A duo out of San Jose, California, took home the junior dance title in Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter.
In the junior pairs program, Joy Weinberg and Maximiliano Fernandez won the two-round event that included a short program and a free skate. The scores from each event were combined for the final mark. The winning couple recorded a score of 139.24, narrowly edging the second-place duo of Lindsay Weinstein and Jacob Simon by just 0.34 points.
The men's single saw Tomoki Hiwatashi put on a wonderful display that saw him hit a triple axel, a move he doesn't land often.
It was the perfect day to put on such a performance too, as Inside Edge pointed out:
The Inside Edge @SarahandDrew
Looks like Tomoki Hiwatashi just gave himself a nice shiny 16th birthday present!1/21/2016, 2:23:46 AM
In fact, it wasn't even close, as Hiwatashi's score of 202.40 beat second-place Kevin Shum by almost 15 points.
Emily Chan rounded out Wednesday night with the junior ladies title. Her big-time score of 114.09 in the free skate helped her build on a short program score of 66.74 on her way to a 14-point victory.
Her performance was well-accepted to say the least, per IceNetwork.com's Lynn Rutherford:
Lynn Rutherford @LynnRutherford
#USChamps16: @ChopstickSpin (Emily Chan's) short to Whitney Houston brought everyone to their feet https://t.co/j1FGsaZwxy1/20/2016, 2:50:35 AM
The captivating skating continues on Thursday with a pair of events. First is the championship pairs short program followed by the championship ladies short program. This is where some of the most seasoned, well-known skaters in the business lace up and take the ice.
Stats courtesy of USFigureSkating.com.