US Figure Skating Championships 2020: Final Results for Saturday Events

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IJanuary 25, 2020

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 25: Nathan Chen skates in the Men's Short Program during the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Greensboro Coliseum on January 25, 2020 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships returned to the ice inside the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in North Carolina on Saturday.

Nathan Chen finished first in the men's short program for the fourth consecutive year with a dominant performance. The 20-year-old Yale University sophomore topped the table with a 114.13, which broke his own scoring record. The next-closest to Chen was Jason Brown, who notched a 100.99.

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Christopher Knierim won the pairs free skate championship, while Madison Chock and Evan Bates ended the evening with a victory in the free dance championship.

Below is an overview of Saturday's action.

            

Men's Short Program Championship

Leaderboard

1. Nathan Chen (114.13)

2. Jason Brown (100.99)

3. Andrew Torgashev (97.87)

4. Vincent Zhou (94.82)

5. Tomoki Hiwatashi (94.21)

6. Aleksei Krasnozhon (80.71)

7. Camden Pulkinen (79.19)

8. Sean Rabbitt (77.71)

9. Yaroslav Paniot (77.10)

10. Jordan Moeller (71.87)

Full results available at U.S. Figure Skating's official website.

            

Recap

Chen's winning streak since the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics looks likely to continue after his short program.

The Olympian dazzled Saturday:

"Everything felt really calm and really paced," Chen told reporters after his program. "Throughout the program, I felt like I was really in control of everything that I was doing. Yeah, I was really happy with the program that I put out and hopefully I'm able to continue that throughout the rest of the season."

Chen battled through a "two-week cold or flu bug" earlier this month, NBC Sports' Nick Zaccardi relayed, which limited his practice leading up to the championships. Nobody would have known based on how he skated, though—he nailed a quad flip, quad toe-triple toe combination and triple axel.

Chen's excellence overshadowed a solid outing by Brown:

Brown also finished second to Chen last year in the short program.

"How substantial is Chen's lead?" NBC Sports wrote. "No other skater, pair or dance couple has led a U.S. Championships by double digits after a short program since the Code of Points was instituted in 2006. Chen has now done it three times in the last four years."

Chen can become the first man to capture four consecutive national titles since Brian Boitano did so in 1988, per NBC Sports.

          

Pairs Free Skate Championship

Leaderboard

1. Alexa Knierim and Christopher Knierim (216.15)

2. Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson (213.57)

3. Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea (204.07)

4. Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc (197.12)

5. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier (186.25)

Full results available at U.S. Figure Skating's official website.

          

Recap

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Christopher Knierim made history Saturday.

According to NBC Sports, the duo became the first American pairs figure skaters to take home three national titles since 2002.

It was anything but easy.

After dazzling during the short program, Christopher Knierim fell in Saturday's skate and put additional pressure on the rest of the routine. Fortunately for the pair, they built a big enough advantage in the short program to edge out their training partners, Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson.

"I think I was more excited when I saw the results and saw that they got second, and we got first, than when we won," Christopher Knierim said on the broadcast (h/t NBC Sports). "We skate with them every day."

While Calalang and Johnson didn't win, they surpassed 2016 U.S. champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea. Kayne and O'Shea were solid but unspectacular but at least held off Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc for the bronze.

Cain-Gribble and LeDuc made a handful of errors, while fifth-place finishers Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier could not overcome a fall.

          

Free Dance Championship

Leaderboard

1. Madison Chock and Evan Bates (221.86)

2. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (217.19)

3. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker (201.16)

4. Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko (194.16)

5. Caroline Green and Michael Parsons (180.25)

Full results available at U.S. Figure Skating's official website.

           

Recap

It's been a long journey, but Chock and Bates returned to the top of the podium at the U.S. Championships.

The duo topped defending champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue behind a snake-inspired performance to win the title after finishing in second or third place in the last four nationals.

According to NBC Sports, they became the first American skater, couple or pair to go five years between victories at nationals "in many decades."

They also did so in dominant fashion, as the 4.67 points that separated the first- and second-place finishers was the largest since Meryl Davis and Charlie White won at nationals in 2014.

"It feels so good to have it finally realized," Chock said on the broadcast (h/t NBC Sports).

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