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Chen repeats as winner of Readers’ Choice Award “Thanks to all my fans for this prestigious

For the second consecutive year, fans have

voted Nathan Chen as winner of SKATING maga- zine’s Readers’ Choice Skater of the Year Award. Chen received 30.3 percent of the vote, which

was conducted online via the U.S. Figure Skating’s Fan Zone website between June 25 and July 2. Each year since 1989, skating fans have been

asked to vote for the eligible skater(s) they believe are most deserving of the award based on the accomplishments of the past season. Finishing second was Adam Rippon, with

18.1 percent of the vote; the Skyliners junior team placed third with 15.7 percent. For Chen, it was a superb season. Then 18

years old, the skater from Salt Lake City started his campaign by winning both of his ISU Grand Prix Series events at Rostelecom Cup and Skate Amer- ica. Those victories propelled him to the Grand Prix Final in Japan, where he edged home-country favorite Shoma Uno by less than one point to win the crown. From there, Chen won his second consecu-

tive U.S. title in San Jose, California, by a margin of nearly 41 points. His next stop was the Olympic Winter Games

in PyeongChang, South Korea, where he helped Team USA earn a bronze medal in the team event. While his short programs didn’t go well in both the team event and individual event at the Olympics, Chen rebounded to dominate the free skate, and jump from 17th place to fi fth overall. Chen’s season concluded with a bang at the

World Championships in Milan, Italy, where he landed six quads in his free skate to win by nearly 48 points. He set personal-best scores for his free skate (219.46) and overall (321.40). Being chosen as a repeat winner of the Read- ers’ Choice Award, he said, is extra special.

honor,” Chen said. “When I look at the list of great skaters who have won this award multiple times, I’m humbled and honored to be in such select company. Having that support means everything to me as I continue to chase my skating dreams. “I’m looking forward to this season and being

able to say thank you in person at the various events in which I will be competing.” Chen will receive the coveted Michelle Kwan

Trophy at the 2019 U.S. Championships in Detroit in January. The Michelle Kwan Trophy is a one-of- a-kind crystal sculpture that’s produced by Crystal Signatures in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Transition underway to NBC Sports Gold and Fan Zone

While athletes and coaches get ready to kick

off a new season and quadrennium, there’s plenty happening behind the scenes in regard to the transition from icenetwork to NBC Sports Gold and the U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone. Icenetwork subscribers who desire to sign up

for NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass” can do so by visiting and clicking on the Figure Skating tab on the top menu bar. Programming for the Figure Skating Pass

will include live coverage of international events such as the U.S. International Classic, ISU Grand Prix Series, ISU World Championships, ISU Four Continents Championships, ISU European Cham- pionships and the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. Live off erings will also include the U.S. Championships (junior and senior levels), the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships (senior, junior and collegiate levels) and the U.S. Sectional Championships (senior and junior levels). All live events, as well as the U.S. Regional Championships (junior and senior levels) and U.S. Synchronized Sectional Championships (senior, junior and colle- giate levels), will be available on demand. Other programming that used to be on ice-

network, such as the other levels of the U.S. Cham- pionships, U.S. Synchronized Skating Champion- ships, U.S. Adult Championships and qualifying competitions will be available on the U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone. Plans are underway to include events such as Theatre On Ice and off -ice program- ming in the future. Archives will be available on both services.

On-demand footage will include the previous sea- son’s events on NBC Sports Gold, and the previous two seasons on the Fan Zone. In addition to the video programming, there

will be extensive editorial coverage of Team USA on the Fan Zone, as well as more content on a dedicated skating page on




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