Bradie Tennell, Karen Chen named to figure skating world team
Bradie Tennell and Karen Chen will represent the United States in the women's competition at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships taking place in Stockholm from March 22-28.
Three men, three ice dance teams and two pair teams will be named by US figure skating on Sunday.
Tennell and Chen are traveling to Stockholm with the aim of securing a maximum of three women places for the USA in the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. You can do this if their total placements are 13 or less.
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Chen, 21, faced the same pressure four years ago and delivered. She was fourth in the 2017 Worlds and secured three places for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
She and Tennell, along with Mirai Nagasu, formed this Olympic team. Chen has not participated in worlds since; She was named to the 2018 team but retired after the Olympics.
This is the third world championship for 22-year-old Tennell, who finished sixth on her senior debut in 2018 and seventh in 2019. She made the 2020 world team, but the event was canceled just days before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday night, she became the first woman in more than a century to win national titles three or more years apart.
Amber Glenn took the national team silver medal, but was handed over by Chen for her work for the world team last year. These included Chen, who surpassed Glenn in this year's Skate America and in figure skating on four continents in 2020 championships and 2020 US championships.
This is the first time since 2008 that Katrina Hacker has been bypassed in favor of the 2006 world champion, Kimmie Meissner.
Glenn was named first-in-command, followed by Skate America champion Mariah Bell and Skate America bronze medalist Audrey Shin until she passed the minimum score.
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