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

Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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