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She had to wait three years for it, but Bradie Tennell earned her second national title Friday night at the 2021 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Las Vegas. Tennell scored 153.21 points in the free skate and a 232.61 total.
After winning her first in 2018, when she made the Olympic team, Tennell had continued to finish first in the short program every year that followed, but ended up earning silver in 2019 and bronze in 2020.
She appeared relieved and elated as she finished her solid free skate, landing all seven triple jumps and knowing she had done what she set out to do.
“I’m very happy about my performance today,” Tennell said. “I’m kind of speechless, actually.”
Amber Glenn finished second, surprising even herself.
Flawed by her scores, with eyes wide as can be and welling up with tears, Glenn received 144.50 points in the free and a 215.33 total.
Now 21, Glenn had won the junior title in 2014 and then floated just under the radar as a contender, with her senior nationals results ranging from 13th in 2015 to as high as fifth last year.
“Wow, I’m still kind of in shock,” she said as she began to speak to the media.
Glenn learned earlier in the day that she has a foot infection that has spread to her knee. Despite the injury, she was able to put together a strong performing, saying she was skating for herself.
“I kind of just released myself from all of those expectations and pressure, and just let myself skate,” Glenn said.
Karen Chen, the 2017 winner and a 2018 Olympian, was third for her best result since 2018. Her total was 214.98 points.
Two-time reigning champion Alysa Liu finished fourth.
“This was a very cool experience, especially because this was my first live competition [of the season],” Liu said. “I was happy to be here.”
Mariah Bell, the 2020 Skate America champion who sat third after the short program, fell to fifth overall after a fall on her opening triple flip. Her free skate scored 127.58 for a 199.95 total.
2014 Olympian Gracie Gold finished 13th, sliding back one spot from her short program placement after falling twice in the free skate.
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