News, Articles, Photos, social media coverage, etc. from Las Vegas (2021 US Nats)

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USFS' Instagram reel video clips of skaters arriving in Las Vegas last night (17 secs.): https://www.instagram.com/reel/CJ7WLIWAaX-/

USFS' Fan Zone Nationals preview by Brandon Penny: https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...1-toyota-us-figure-skating-championships.aspx
(more Fan Zone individual skater & 'fluff' articles are linked in post #2 below)

NBC OlympicTalk articles:
Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier by Lynn Rutherford: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2021...andon-frazier-pairs-figure-skating-nationals/
Alysa Liu (2) by Phil Hersh: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2021/01/08/alysa-liu-figure-skating-nationals/ & https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2020/12/11/alysa-liu-adds-jeremy-abbott-to-coaching-team/
Jason Brown by Phil Hersh: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2021/01/07/jason-brown-us-figure-skating-championships/

TeamUSA.org articles by Lynn Rutherford:
Audrey Shin: https://www.teamusa.org/News/2021/J...Audrey-Shin-The-Sky-Is-The-Limit-In-Las-Vegas
Jason Brown: https://www.teamusa.org/News/2020/D...Toronto-Jason-Brown-Works-Toward-Vegas-Return

Olympic Channel article by Nick McCarvel on Vincent Zhou: https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/s...t-zhou-hard-work-ice-beijing-dream-interview/

Hubbell & Donohue compose a "Hallelujah" article by Jacquelyn Thayer: http://www.twofortheice.com/hubbell-and-donohue-compose-a-hallelujah/

Nathan Chen article by LA Times columnist Helene Elliott (based on his media teleconference call): https://www.yahoo.com/now/column-nathan-chen-set-pursue-163915652.html
 
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Behind the Scenes in Las Vegas (Jan. 11; quotes from Terry Gannon & NBC producer Alexa Pritting): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...1-toyota-us-figure-skating-championships.aspx

Mariah Bell (Jan. 11; includes quotes from older sister Morgan & their mom Kendra): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...ariah-bell-builds-on-her-best-season-yet.aspx

Hubbell/Donohue (Jan. 10): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...b-the-mountain-again-at-us-championships.aspx

Jason Brown (Jan. 8; includes quotes from his mom, Marla): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...with-sights-on-2022-olympic-winter-games.aspx

Knierim/Frazier (Jan. 8): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...ierim-and-brandon-frazier-as-individuals.aspx

Colorado Springs teammates Hiwatashi, Pulkinen, Zhou (Dec. 23, 2020): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...ip-comes-first-for-colorado-springs-boys.aspx

Boston teammates Krasnozhon, Ma, Mitrofanov (Dec. 15): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...cking-Jokes-and-Pulling-Pranks-in-Boston.aspx

Texas teammates Cain-Gribble, LeDuc, Amber Glenn (Dec. 15): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...hy-leduc-and-amber-glenn-are-squad-goals.aspx

Nathan Chen (Dec. 10): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...ts-on-his-future-both-on-and-off-the-ice.aspx

Bradie Tennell (Dec. 9): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...de-bradie-tennells-secret-to-consistency.aspx

Chock/Bates (Dec. 3): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...with-same-motivation-but-new-perspective.aspx

Cesanek/Yehorov (Dec. 2): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...tep-and-breathe-in-line-with-their-goals.aspx

Hawayek/Baker (Nov. 24): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...top-ice-dance-training-mates-in-montreal.aspx

Pooja Kalyan by @clairecloutier (Nov. 19): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/news/2020/11/19/pooja-kalyan-comes-back-from-injury.aspx

Karen Chen (Nov. 11): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...-chen-has-big-goals-for-us-championships.aspx
 
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Jackie Wong's preview & top 5 predictions:

ETA link to McCarvel's Knierim/Frazier article:
 
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Lynn Rutherford's Nationals preview: https://www.teamusa.org/News/2021/J...ight-Title-Headlines-Figure-Skating-Nationals

Phil Hersh's larticle on Nathan Chen: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2021/01/13/nathan-chen-dick-button-figure-skating/

Alysa Liu article by Elliott Almond who's been covering her since she won the 2018 U.S. junior title in San Jose (link also is posted in the U.S. Ladies thread in GSD): https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/01...nsforming-a-year-before-the-beijing-olympics/

USFS' IGTV clip montage from practices (backstage and on the ice): https://www.instagram.com/tv/CKAuJ9ZgLzY/

Mervin Tran's wry sense of humor strikes again: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKAzQPbFl8-/
 

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Is this really Alysa? She looks so grown-up and gorgeous! https://twitter.com/aimelisse_/status/1349748657172721664?s=19
A little makeup & can do wonders! This reminds me of Kwan’s transformation during the 95/96 season.
Editing to add:
Toyota made a wise investment in recently signing her gig, as it turns out. At first I thought, “How unrealistic.” “Living off the kiddie laurels...false hope to the public.” Maybe not so.
 
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That article on Gold makes me sad. I hate this for her but... “no stress” at virtual qualifying. Yeah she was in practice clothes, at a training session with other skaters and she did fine. Her coaches knew what they were doing. Back in competition and .....😢
 

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I feel bad for Sappenfield's teams, but not so much for her? :slinkaway
Still, glad they followed the rules.
Related to this, if Carreira/Ponomorenko withdrew from Nationals due to an exposure to Covid on Jan 4, and Tom Z's students competing (he tested positive on Jan 4), what are USFS's rules re: timing and etc. of Covid exposures and withdrawing from this competition? The only protocols I can find are in a document linked off the USFS guidelines for reopening (USOPC Guidance: Considerations or Participation in National or International Camps or Competitions) from September, which says:

Any athlete or staff member who had close, sustained contact (closer than six feet for more than 15 minutes) within 48 hours of symptom development with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine for 14 days and monitored for signs or symptoms of COVID-19.They are not allowed to travel during this time frame. If they develop signs or symptoms ofCOVID-19, they should be evaluated by a local healthcare provider.

I'm not accusing anyone of of anything, so no need to jump to that; I'm just trying to find out what the USFS's protocols are for athletes at this competition, and I'm not finding them.
 
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Related to this, if Carreira/Ponomorenko withdrew from Nationals due to an exposure to ********* on Jan 4, and Tom Z's students competing (he tested positive on Jan 4), what are USFS's rules re: timing and etc. of ********* exposures and withdrawing from this competition? The only protocols I can find are in a document linked off the USFS guidelines for reopening (USOPC Guidance: Considerations or Participation in National or International Camps or Competitions) from September, which says:



I'm not accusing anyone of of anything, so no need to jump to that; I'm just trying to find out what the USFS's protocols are for athletes at this competition, and I'm not finding
There’s already a thread beating this to death.
And If you needed to know the protocols they would’ve sent them to you, apparently you’re not at the event so it’s not really relevant is it?
 
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Men's & Ladies' articles by Phil Hersh for NBC Sports' OlympicTalk:

Articles by Lynn Rutherford:
A LAST LOOK INSIDE THE VEGAS BUBBLE: WHAT WE LEARNED AT THE U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS (Jan. 19):
Men's FS: https://www.teamusa.org/News/2021/J...Makes-It-Five-US-Titles-In-A-Row-In-Las-Vegas
Jason Brown: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2021/01/17/jason-brown-quad-free-skate-nationals/
Free Dance & Pairs FS: https://www.teamusa.org/News/2021/J...hue-Wrest-US-Ice-Dance-Title-From-Chock-Bates
Great Park Ice pairs program: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2021/01/15/us-pairs-figure-skating-meno-sand-knierim-frazier/
Men's SP: https://www.teamusa.org/News/2021/J...rst-Step-To-Five-Peat-At-The-US-Championships
Alysa Liu: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2021/01/16/alysa-liu-figure-skating-nationals-championships/
Ladies FS & Rhythm Dance: https://www.teamusa.org/News/2021/J...Skate-Leads-To-Second-US-Figure-Skating-Title
Ladies & Pairs SP: https://www.teamusa.org/News/2021/J...g-Short-Program-Puts-Her-In-Lead-At-US-Champs
Knierim/Frazier: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2021...andon-frazier-pairs-figure-skating-nationals/

Golden Skate's recap articles are all linked from here: https://www.goldenskate.com/tag/2021-us-nationals/

USFS Fan Zone's "Inside the Bubble" articles & photos:

USFS' behind the scenes moments/Blooper reel: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CKM0t7pgQvi/

Georgia Tech's article on their graduate student Tyler Vollmer before he and Breelie Taylor made their senior ice dance debut:
 
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Ice-Dance.com's Senior photo galleries: https://photos.ice-dance.com/2020-21/21USN/Sr/

IDC's photographer in Las Vegas is blogging about her experience there (Jan. 12th is her first installment):
Melanie Heaney's blogs from the bubble, cont.:
 
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Junior skater/team articles:

Local Oregon article/news video - Samuel Mindra's training challenges:

Sibling ice dancers Elliana & Ethan Peal by Anne Calder:

4 USFS Fan Zone articles before the start of competition:

2020 Junior Ice Dance bronze medalists Oona & Gage Brown by Christie Sausa:

2020 Junior Pairs silver medalists Smirnova & Siianytsia by Claire Cloutier:

Daniel Martynov by Paige Feigenbaum:

Tamnhi Huynh by Megan Sauer:
 
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I've copied out all the Junior starting orders for today's first day of competition (Jan. 20) and added info links here: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...s-virtual-fan-experience.107963/#post-5941658

These 3 Fan Zone articles were published in September 2020:

Isabeau Levito:

Joseph Klein:

Katarina Wolfkostin/Jeffrey Chen:
 

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