Monday, January 10, 2011

Countdown to US Figure Skating Championships: 12 Days!

Christina Gao (Northern Kentucky SC)

  • 2009 US Jr. Bronze Medalist
  • 2009 Jr. Grand Prix Final Bronze Medalist
  • 2010 US Nationals 5th
  • 2010 World Jr. Championships 8th
  • 2010 Jr. Grand Prix Final 6th

Christina made a great senior debut last year at Nationals, placing 5th behind Rachael Flatt, Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner, and Sasha Cohen. After a disappointing 8th place finish at the Junior Worlds last year, she chose to remain a junior for this year's Grand Prix and won silver at both of her events, qualifying for the Grand Prix Final. She came back with a strong free skate after an underwhelming short program, but still finished 6th overall. Christina is well trained, studying under Brian Orser and alongside Adam Rippon in Toronto, and she is improving fast. She is only 16 and will certainly be one to watch in Sochi in 3 years. Look for her to be in the final warm-up group for the ladies free skate in Greensboro if all goes as planned, along with Rachael Flatt, Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner, Alissa Czisny, and Agnes Zawadzki. 

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