Figure skating is one of the most dazzling and dramatic events at the Winter Olympics (just ask Margot Robbie, Oscar-nominated for her performance as Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding).
Luckily for those who can’t get enough, there are five chances for Team USA to win big at the rink, all broadcast live on NBC in primetime: Team (begins Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.), Pairs (begins Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.), Men’s Singles (begins Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.), Women’s Singles (begins Feb. 20 a 8 p.m.), and Ice Dancing (begins Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.).
Here are all the routines to watch before these skaters compete in PyeongChang, from Team USA’s “ShibSibs” Alex and Maia Shibutani to Japanese gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu, who’s been called “Michael Jackson on Ice.”
First up, Team USA:
Though there are plenty of heavy-hitters in the competition, 18-year-old Chen is a strong favorite to bring home the top prize. He’s the first man to land seven quadruple jumps in a single competition and the first to complete five quadruple jumps in a program, seen below.
Rippon, one of the first-ever openly gay U.S. Olympians, has made headlines outside of the sport for an alleged feud with VP Mike Pence. But first and foremost, he’s a great skater, whom The Atlantic called “perhaps the greatest artist of the men’s field today.”
At 17, Zhou is the youngest 2018 U.S. Olympian. But age ain’t nuthin’ but a number: Zhouwon gold at the 2017 World Junior Championship, the first U.S. man to do so since 2013.
Chen was the 2017 U.S. National Champion and considers Kristi Yamaguchi as her role model. Leading into the Games, the iconic Olympic skater gave Chen a shout out, saying, “America is rooting for you!”
Nagasu last competed in the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010 when she was just 16 years old. This year, she’s hinted at attempting a new jump for the Olympic competition: the triple Axel, which has only been performed by two other female skaters (one of them, of course, being the aforementioned Tonya Harding).
PyeongChang marks Tennell’s first Olympics. The 20-year-old earned her spot with a first-place showing at the National Championships, after which Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski called her “a machine.”
Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim
This married couple won the chance to compete in the sole slot available for pairs (the smallest quota allotted to the U.S. in this event since the first Winter Olympics in 1924). They have an edge with their signature move, the split quadruple twist; they’re the only U.S. pair to ever execute the move in competition.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates
This will be this duo’s second Olympics, but their first as a romantic couple. They’ve said they look forward to spending Valentines Day together at the Games, but moreso, the chance to win another medal in PyeongChang. They won bronze at the Four Continents Championships in 2017, held at the same venue as this year’s Olympics.
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue
Despite a disappointing showing at last year’s World Championships, Hubbell and Donohue refused to be kept down. After a renewed sense of purpose — and training with the best ice dancers from France and Canada — the duo came back to win gold at the U.S. National Championships, clinching their spot on the Olympic team.
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
Affectionately dubbed the “ShibSibs,” The Shibutanis, who competed in Sochi in 2014, have won a medal at every National Championship at the Senior level since 2011, as well as earning medals at both the Four Continents and World Championship competitions. They also have their own YouTube channel where they document their journey.
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