Chen, Rippon, Zhou selected for Olympics; Miner bumped

Two-time inhabitant champion Nathan Chen, maestro Adam Rippon and rising star Vincent Zhou were comparison Sunday to paint a United States during a Pyeongchang Olympics subsequent month.

A U.S. Figure Skating Committee chose 2016 U.S. champ Rippon, who came in fourth during a inhabitant championships on Saturday night, instead of second-place finisher Ross Miner. The cabinet takes into care a series of criteria, including altogether opening for a season.

It will be a initial Olympics for all three.

Rippon’s inclusion during Miner’s responsibility isn’t unprecedented; a cabinet has done such moves in a past involving Michelle Kwan and Ashley Wagner, for example.

On Twitter, Rippon said: “When we found out what a Olympic group was, we texted Ross Miner and we told him that we was unapproachable of what he did yesterday and how good he skated. He texted me right behind and told me he was really happy to me.”

At 28, Rippon was a oldest aspirant in a men’s field. By contrast, Chen is 18 and Zhou is 17.

Chen has won each foe he’s entered this deteriorate and, with his repertoire of quadruple jumps — he did 5 on Saturday night in his giveaway movement — has pushed a pouch on technical skills in skating. He will be among a favorites during a Olympics.

“This is another large step to a games,” he said. “More pressures, more, we know, media, all that. There’s some-more to come, though I’m so vehement for it. This is accurately what I’ve wanted my whole life and I’m prepared for it.”


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