After a competitive face-off on Friday in the free skate, Amber Glenn secured her first senior American figure skating title, defeating the reigning champion Isabeau Levito in her ninth attempt. Glenn, a 24-year-old skater, showcased a flawless triple axel in her free skate, putting her in contention for victory. Despite a couple of imperfect jumps in the second half, Glenn managed to outshine Levito, who finished second in Thursday’s short program. Expressing her emotions, Glenn mentioned, “I knew both Isabeau and I are capable of a lot, but it’s heartbreaking that all my hard work paid off, and I realized what more I can do.”
Levito’s Fall and Glenn’s Triumph: The Fall and Rise in American Figure Skating
In a remarkable turn, Levito, the current champion, would again emerge victorious with an impressive routine. However, the 16-year-old Levito faced challenges during her skate, stumbling three times and ultimately securing the third position, surpassing Josephine Lee. Glenn’s reaction to her second-place finish after Levito in the short program on Thursday was one of complete astonishment, given her previous win in November 2018 at the Midwestern Sectionals.
First Senior American Figure Skating Title for Amber Glenn
In an interview with NBC Sports, Glenn said, “I know Isabeau and I both are capable of doing a lot, but it’s heartbreaking that all my hard work paid off, and I realized what more I can do.” Although Lee is relatively small for the senior world, the announcement by the U.S. Figure Skating Championships stated that both would compete in the World Championships in March. The final decision on one spot might not be made until next week during the Four Continents Championship in China, focusing on the four major continents.
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Despite the attention on the four continents, missing citizens, Eva Ziegler-Johnson, who won an international Grand Prix in November, might be considered for the global team. Fifteen-year-old Mia Kalin made history on Friday by landing a perfect, fully rotated quadruple jump in the U.S. Championship. Levito, on the other hand, stumbled three times in her free skate, creating a tense atmosphere in the crowded Columbus, Ohio arena. As Glenn’s score was announced, her tears of pain turned into tears of joy. Ten years after winning the U.S. Junior Championship with a score of 210.46, Glenn was crowned the best in the country for the first time.
Levito’s Unsuccessful Triple Axel Hands Glenn the Victory
Utilizing the current national scoring system after a brief performance, Ilia Malinin gave himself the biggest lead in the men’s competition on Friday with a score of 108.57 points. This eased the complexity of executing the most challenging combinations in skating. Performing his “Malaguena” routine, the 19-year-old Grand Prix Final champion started with an effortless quad toe loop, followed by a quad Lutz-triple toe combination, and concluded with a triple Axel as smooth as a ski on ice. After learning about his scores, Malinin showcased a black and gold scarf marked with “Quad God.” Malinin, returning to the ice after a few weeks of boot issues, expressed relief, saying, “I felt a definite sense of relief after the performance, especially after some boot trouble in the past few weeks.”
The Famous Fall of Levito: Glenn’s Victory in American Figure Skating
The couple’s free skate and free dance programs will continue on Saturday to maintain the ongoing National Championships. The current American champion, Malinin, who successfully landed a quadruple Axel during the competition, is the first skater in the world to attempt such a feat. Although it wasn’t on his designated free skate list for Sunday, he may still attempt a quadruple jump with a clean landing. Malinin commented, “I’ll have to see how I feel physically and mentally. I believe everything will depend on how I feel and honestly say what my opinion is or how I feel about moving forward.”
Famous Fall of Levito: American Figure Skating’s Glenn Takes the Crown
To keep the National Championships rolling, pairs’ free skate and free dance programs will take place on Saturday. Current American champion Malinin, who successfully landed a quadruple Axel during the competition, is the first skater globally to attempt such a feat. While it wasn’t in his assigned free skate list for Sunday, he may still attempt a quadruple jump with a clean landing. Malinin remarked, “I’ll have to see how I feel physically and mentally. I believe everything will depend on how I feel and honestly say what my opinion is or how I feel about moving forward.”
Levito’s Downfall: American Figure Skating’s Glenn Secures the Win
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The National Championships will continue with the free skate and free dance programs on Saturday. The current American champion, Malinin, who successfully landed a quadruple Axel during the competition, is the first skater in the world to attempt such a feat. While it wasn’t on his planned free skate list for Sunday, he might still try a quadruple jump. Malinin stated, “I’ll need to see how I’m feeling physically and mentally.” “I think everything will depend on how I feel and honestly express what my view is or how I feel about moving forward.” Max Naumov, the 2020 Junior National Champion, secured an unexpected second place after making a mistake in his quadruple Salchow with triple toe combination. Due to last year’s fourth-place finish in the competition, this time he earned 89.72 points.