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U.S. Figure Skating Championships start orders

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The U.S. Figure Skating Championships short program start orders are out.

The full schedule of events and broadcast times are available here.

Here are the lists for pairs (Thursday), women (Thursday), ice dance (Friday) and men (Friday):

Pairs
1. Alexandria Shaughnessy/James Morgan
2. Tarah Kayne/Danny O’Shea
3. Jessica Pfund/AJ Reiss
4. Jessica Noelle Catalang/Zack Sidhu

5. Alexa Scimeca/Christopher Knierim
6. Felicia Zhang/Nathan Bartholomay
7. Caydee Denney/John Coughlin
8. DeeDee Leng/Timothy LeDuc

9. Gretchen Donlan/Andrew Speroff
10. Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier
11. Lindsay Davis/Rockne Brubaker
12. Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir

Women
1. Ashley Cain
2. Franchesca Chiera
3. Barbie Long
4. Joelle Forte
5. Mariah Bell

6. Caroline Zhang
7. Vanessa Lam
8. Yasmin Siraj
9. Leah Kelser
10. Rachael Flatt

11. Courtney Hicks
12. Angela Wang
13. Mirai Nagasu
14. Christina Gao
15. Gracie Gold

16. Hannah Miller
17. Kiri Baga
18. Ashley Wagner
19. Agnes Zawadzki
20. Samantha Cesario
21. Polina Edmunds

Ice Dance
1. Gabriela Morrell Zucker/Andrejs Sitiks
2. Anastasia Olson/Ian Lorello
3. Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus
4. Alexanda Aldridge/Daniel Eaton

5. Ginna Hoptman/Pavel Filchenkov
6. Elicia Reynolds/Stephen Reynolds
7. Isabella Cannuscio/Michael Bramante
8. Danielle Gamelin/Alexander Gamelin

9. Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue
10. Pauline Bynum/Jason Deveikis
11. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani
12. Madison Chock/Evan Bates
13. Kseniya Ponomaryova/Oleg Altukhov

14. Meryl Davis/Charlie White
15. Alissandra Aronow/Collin Brubaker
16. Kristen Nardozzi/Nick Traxler
17. Lynn Kriengkrairut/Logan Giulietti-Schmitt
18. Madeline Heritage/Nathaniel Fast

Men
1. Philip Warren
2. Richard Dornbush
3. Sean Rabbitt
4. Keegan Messing

5. Douglas Razzano
6. Scott Dyer
7. Brandon Mroz
8. Stephen Carriere
9. Jason Brown

10. Timothy Dolensky
11. Daniel Read
12. Ross Miner
13. Robert Przepioski
14. Adam Rippon

15. Jeremy Abbott
16. Joshua Farris
17. Max Aaron
18. Lukas Kaugars
19. Grant Hochstein

U.S. Figure Skating Championships Previews: Men | Women | Ice Dance | Pairs

Teddy Riner, dominant judoka, to skip 2018, 2019 Worlds

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French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.

He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.

“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.

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Maggie Nichols wins NCAA all-around title with perfect 10

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Even after a perfect 10 in the last rotation, Maggie Nichols didn’t know that she had won the NCAA all-around title. Her coach at Oklahoma, K.J. Kindler, had to tell her.

The reaction?

“Excitement,” Nichols said Friday night on ESPNU. “I just wanted to go out there and feel out the equipment, staying calm and doing my routines that I have been doing in training.”

Nichols, a 2015 World team champion who retired from elite gymnastics after missing the 2016 Olympic team (set back by a torn meniscus that year), became the first Sooner to win the NCAA all-around in 30 years.

The sophomore tallied 39.8125 points and topped Olympic alternate MyKayla Skinner of Utah by .0875 for the title in St. Louis. It came one year after Nichols was 29th in the all-around with a balance beam fall.

Oklahoma and Utah will be joined in Saturday night’s Super Six team finals by UCLA, LSU, Florida and Nebraska. The Sooners eye their third straight national title.

Nichols capped her night with one of two perfect scores between the two semifinal sessions, matching 2012 Olympic alternate Elizabeth Price‘s 10 on uneven bars. It gave Nichols a second career gym slam, a perfect score on every apparatus for the season.

On Jan. 9, Nichols came forward as “Athlete A,” who first reported to USA Gymnastics that she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar in summer 2015.

“She has had a really unique year probably like no one else, and her strength showed through,” Kindler said Friday, according to the University of Oklahoma. “It was tough, and to come out on this side this year is really special.”

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