Nathan Chen, Karen Chen, Ashley Wagner return for one more event this season
Nathan Chen, Karen Chen and Ashley Wagner lead the U.S. roster at the World Team Trophy in Tokyo in two weeks, the final event of the figure skating season.
They’re joined by world championships teammates Jason Brown and the ice dance couple of Madison Chock and Evan Bates. The U.S. pairs team at World Team Trophy will be Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc, who were third at the U.S. Championships in January but did not make the worlds team.
Ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani, the only Americans to make the podium at worlds, are not on the U.S. roster.
At the World Team Trophy, each singles skater, pairs team and dance couple skates short and long programs. They earn points for their countries based on standings, and the points are added up to determine the winning nation.
The format is a little different than the Olympic team event, which debuted in Sochi with Russia taking gold, Canada silver and the U.S. bronze.
The U.S. won World Team Trophy in 2013 and 2015, but based on world championships results, Canada and Russia look to have stronger teams going into the PyeongChang Olympics.
World Team Trophy includes teams from Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia and the U.S.
World champions Yuzuru Hanyu and Yevgenia Medvedeva are slated to compete for Japan and Russia, while the Canadian and Chinese teams have not been named.
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*Correction: An earlier version of this post had Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran on the U.S. team. They are alternates.