KANSAS CITY — The face of U.S. women’s figure skating is beginning to change ever so slightly.
The Ashleys and Gracies and Mirais are still around, saying the most interesting things. But at least for one night, a new kid is on top.
Karen Chen, a 17-year-old Californian who introduced herself to the American skating world with an improbable national bronze medal two years ago, then slipped back into the pack troubled by injuries and skate boot problems, skated exquisitely to win the women’s short program Thursday night at the U.S. national figure skating championships.
She received a score of 72.82 from the judges, the highest ever recorded for a women’s short program at U.S. nationals. That frankly might have been a bit much. Then again, it was the performance of the evening, so you really can’t blame the judges for getting a little exuberant….[read more]