KANSAS CITY - Five takeaways from the U.S. Championships that ended Sunday, when I finally had a chance to eat some of Kansas City’s fabled BBQ:
The 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships are now in the books, and after yet another successful affair -- which saw Nathan Chen shatter numerous records en route to the senior men's gold medal, and the Shibutanis continue their U.S. dance reign -- here are five thoughts I have about the event in Kansas City.
1. The United States has a chance to do something rare in its recent figure skating history at the World Championship in March: Win medals in three separate events.
Those medals, should U.S. skaters earn them, would come from singles -- with Ashley Wagner and Nathan Chen -- and dance -- with Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani and/or Madison Chock and Evan Bates.
That has not happened since 2006, when it did in the same events. Kimmie Meissner and Sasha Cohen won gold and bronze, respectively, while Evan Lysacek earned the men's bronze medal and Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto received bronze in dance.