U.S. Figure Skating announced the remainder of the U.S. team for the 2022 Winter Olympics – the men’s selections: Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou, and Jason Brown.
Three-time World champion Chen captured his sixth national title earlier today and heads to his second Olympics as the favorite to win gold. In 2018, he was shockingly seventeenth after the short program but won the free skate event and finished in fifth place overall. He won the bronze medal in the team event.
2019 World bronze medalist Zhou has been Chen’s main rival in the U.S. throughout the years and finished sixth at the 2018 Winter Olympics. With a clean skate, he has the ability to contend for the Olympic podium. In October 2021, Zhou ended Chen’s winning streak – which spanned all the way since March 2018 – by winning the opening stage of the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix series.
2015 U.S. national champion Brown has been among the most reliable and consistent performers – having never finished below ninth place in his entire novice, junior, and senior career. He placed ninth at the 2014 Winter Olympics – also winning a bronze medal in the very first ever team event – but did not make the 2018 Olympic team. He has medaled at every competition this season.
Alternates are Ilia Malinin, Camden Pulkinen, and Jimmy Ma.
Selections for the 2022 Four Continents Championships are Tomoki Hiwatashi, Jimmy Ma, and Camden Pulkinen.
Interestingly, U.S. Figure Skating announced that the selections for the 2022 World Championships include Nathan Chen, Ilia Malinin, and Vincent Zhou. Malinin must first achieve the minimum technical score required for participation. Jason Brown, Camden Pulkinen, and Jimmy Ma are alternates.