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Bradie Tennell (born January 31, 1998) is an American competitive figure skater. She is a 2018 Olympic team event bronze medalist, the 2017 Skate America bronze medalist, the 2018 Internationaux de France bronze medalist, the 2018 CS Autumn Classic champion, the 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb champion, and the 2018 U.S national champion.

Bradie Tennell
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Personal information
Country representedUnited States United States
Born (1998-01-31) January 31, 1998 (age 21)
Winfield, Illinois, United States
ResidenceCarpentersville, Illinois, United States
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
CoachDenise Myers, Jeremy Allen
Former coachYevgeny Martynov
ChoreographerScott Brown, Benoit Richaud
Former choreographerShanetta Folle, Cindy Stuart
Skating clubSkokie Valley FSC
Former skating clubWagon Wheel FSC
Training locationsBuffalo Grove, Illinois
Began skating2000
World standing10 (2018–19)
26 (2017–18)
80 (2016–17)
139 (2015–16)
210 (2014–15)
Season's bests4 (2018–19)[1]
14 (2017–18)[2]
49 (2016–17)[3]
79 (2015–16)[4]
70 (2014–15)[5]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total225.64
2019 World Team Trophy
Short program75.10
2019 Skate America
Free skate150.83
2019 World Team Trophy

Personal lifeEdit

Tennell was born on January 31, 1998 in Winfield, Illinois.[6] Her mother, Jean, is a registered nurse and a single mother.[7][8] She has two younger brothers, Austin and Shane, both of whom are ice hockey players.[7] Tennell takes classes at a local community college.[9]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Tennell began learning to skate as a two-year-old after begging her mother to let her try the sport.[10] Denise Myers became her coach c. 2007.[11] Around the same time, Tennell began training at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.[12]

Tennell won the novice bronze medal at the 2013 U.S Championships. The next year, she moved up to the junior ranks and placed fourth on that level at the 2014 U.S Championships.

2014–2015 seasonEdit

In September 2014, Tennell debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) series, placing 8th in Nagoya, Japan. At the 2015 U.S Championships, she won the junior gold medal by over 16 points. In May 2015, she was diagnosed with a stress fracture in both wings of a lumbar vertebrae.[13][11] She wore a back brace the entire summer.[11]

2015–2016 seasonEdit

Tennell began her season by placing 11th at her JGP event in Linz, Austria. She finished 6th on the senior level at the 2016 U.S. Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota, on January 23, 2016, and was assigned to the 2016 World Junior Championships in Debrecen. Ranked 4th in the short program and 14th in the free skate, she finished 11th overall in Hungary. In June 2016, a stress fracture was found in a different lumbar vertebra.[11] She was again in a back brace and off the ice for three months while undergoing intense physical therapy before returning to the ice in early September 2016.[11]

2016–2017 seasonEdit

Making her senior international debut, Tennell won the bronze medal at the 2016 CS Tallinn Trophy in late November. In January, she finished 9th on the senior level at the 2017 U.S. Championships. In March, she placed 7th at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Taipei, Taiwan.[14]

2017–2018 seasonEdit

In November 2017, Tennell won the bronze medal at her sole Grand Prix assignment, Skate America, after placing fourth in the short program and third in the free skate.[15] Tennell finished the competition with a score of 204.10 .[15] At the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Tennell placed first in the short program,[16] and she won the competition with a combined score of 219.51.[17] She was then one of three named to the U.S. women's Olympic figure skating team to represent the United States in Pyeongchang, along with 2017 national champion Karen Chen and Vancouver Olympian Mirai Nagasu.[18]

Tennell made her Olympic debut in the women's short program of the Team Event where she earned her best score of the season with 68.94.[19] She placed fifth in the event, 0.01 points behind fourth place.[19] The United States team, including Tennell, won bronze in the team event.[20][21] However, she fell in both of her programs in the individual event and finished in 9th place. She then placed 6th overall at the 2018 World Championships.[22][23]

2018–2019 seasonEdit

Tennell added a triple Lutz-triple loop combination to her short program and free skate. She started off the 2018-2019 season by competing in the 2018 CS Autumn Classic International, where she placed first, notably defeating Evgenia Medvedeva.[24][25] At 2018 Skate America, she singled the triple loop in her planned short program combination and received an unclear edge call to place fifth in the short program. She placed fourth in the free program, and placed fourth overall.[14][26] She placed fourth in the short program, second in the free skating, and overall placed third at the 2018 Internationaux de France, winning her second Grand Prix medal.[27] She won the gold medal at 2018 CS Golden Spin in early December after setting a new season's best in the short program.[28][29]

At the 2019 U.S. Championships, Tennell entered as the defending champion, and removed the triple loop from her short program due to earlier inconsistent results. She placed first in the short program after skating cleanly, slightly less than three points ahead of Alysa Liu.[30] In the free skate, she made errors on both of her triple Lutz combination attempts, placing fourth, and second overall, behind Liu. She was assigned to the Four Continents and World Championships.[31]

Competing at Four Continents, she placed first in the short program, 0.55 points ahead of Kaori Sakamoto, and winning a gold small medal.[32] She placed fifth in the free skate and overall after having several jumps called as underrotated and missing her opening Lutz-loop combination, which she expressed frustration with, as "the only place I’ve been missing it is in competition."[33]

At the World Championships in Saitama, Tennell underrotated the second part of her jump combination in the short program, placing tenth.[34] She rose to seventh place in the free skate.[35] Tennell concluded the season as part of the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2019 World Team Trophy, also in Japan.[36]

2019–2020 seasonEdit

Tennell planned to start her season at the 2019 Autumn Classic International, but she withdrew from the competition. In early October, Tennell participated in the 2019 Japan Open competition as a part of North America Team, where she placed fifth with a score of 124.91. As a result, the North America team took the bronze.

Tennell's first major competition of the season was 2019 Skate America, where she won the short program with a new personal best score of 75.10.[37] In the free skate Tennell had a mistake on her second triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination, placing second in the free skate. She placed second overall behind Anna Shcherbakova and took the silver medal with a score of 216.14. Later, it was discovered that her second triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination was incorrectly marked as a triple-double. However, because the error was caught after the event had concluded, the scores could not be corrected.[38][39] Tennell competed at the 2019 Skate Canada International a week later, placing fourth.[40]

ProgramsEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2019–2020
[41]
2018–2019
[7]
2017–2018
[42][43]
  • Taegukgi
    by Lee Dong-jun
    choreo. by Scott Brown



2016–2017
[48]
2015–2016
[6]
  • Tango in Ebony
    performed by Maksim Mrvica
    choreo. by Cindy Stuart
2014–2015
[7][49]
  • Infinity
    by Balázs Havasi
2013–2014
[7]
  • Sozo
    by Kitarō

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

2013–2014 to presentEdit

International[14]
Event 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Olympics 9th
Worlds 6th 7th
Four Continents 5th
GP France 3rd
GP Skate America 3rd 4th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 4th
CS Autumn Classic 1st WD
CS Golden Spin 1st
CS Lombardia 4th
CS Tallinn Trophy 3rd
CS Warsaw Cup TBD
Philadelphia 1st
International: Junior[14]
Junior Worlds 11th 7th
JGP Austria 11th
JGP Japan 8th
Gardena Trophy 3rd
National[7]
U.S. Champ. 4th J 1st J 6th 9th 1st 2nd
Midwestern Sect. 2nd J 2nd J 1st
UGL Regionals 1st J
Team events
Olympics 3rd T
5th P
World Team Trophy 1st T
2nd P
Japan Open 3rd T
5th P
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

2009–2010 to 2012–2013Edit

National[7]
Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13
U.S. Championships 10th V 15th I 10th N 3rd N
Midwestern Sectionals 3rd N 2nd N
Upper Great Lakes Regionals 1st V 3rd I 3rd N 3rd N
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate; N = Novice

Detailed resultsEdit

Senior levelEdit

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
October 25-27, 2019 2019 Skate Canada International 4
72.92
5
138.39
4
211.31
October 18–20, 2019 2019 Skate America 1
75.10
2
141.04
2
216.14
October 5, 2019 2019 Japan Open 5
124.91
3T
September 12–14, 2019 2019 Autumn Classic International WD WD
2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 11-14, 2019 2019 World Team Trophy 4
74.81
2
150.83
1T/2P
225.64
March 18-24, 2019 2019 World Championships 10
69.50
7
143.97
7
213.47
February 7-10, 2019 2019 Four Continents Championships 1
73.91
5
128.16
5
202.07
January 18–27, 2019 2019 U.S. Championships 1
76.60
4
136.99
2
213.59
December 5–8, 2018 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 1
71.50
1
130.91
1
202.41
November 23–25, 2018 2018 Internationaux de France 6
61.34
2
136.44
3
197.78
October 19–21, 2018 2018 Skate America 5
61.72
4
131.17
4
192.89
September 20–22, 2018 2018 CS Autumn Classic 2
69.26
1
137.15
1
206.41
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 21–23, 2018 2018 World Championships 7
68.76
4
131.13
6
199.89
February 15–23, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (ladies' singles) 11
64.01
9
128.34
9
192.35
February 9–12, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (team event) 5
68.94
3
January 1–9, 2018 2018 U.S. Championships 1
73.79
1
145.72
1
219.51
November 24–26, 2017 2017 Skate America 4
67.01
3
137.09
3
204.10
September 14–17, 2017 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy 5
64.34
3
132.36
4
196.70
August 3–6, 2017 2017 Philadelphia Summer International 2
64.92
2
120.06
1
184.98
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 14–22, 2017 2017 U.S. Championships 9
59.77
11
110.21
9
169.98
November 20–27, 2016 2016 CS Tallinn Trophy 8
54.44
3
114.54
3
168.98

Junior levelEdit

 
Tennell at the 2017 Junior Worlds.
2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 15–19, 2017 2017 World Junior Championships Junior 7
57.47
7
103.89
7
161.36
2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 14–20, 2016 2016 World Junior Championships Junior 4
58.56
14
88.96
11
147.52
January 15–24, 2016 2016 U.S. Championships Senior 7
58.26
6
123.07
6
181.33
November 17–21, 2015 2016 Midwestern Sectional Senior 1
57.71
1
97.97
1
155.68
September 8–12, 2015 2015 JGP Austria Junior 9
46.35
13
78.19
11
124.54
2014–15 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 18–25, 2015 2015 U.S. Championships Junior 1
59.38
1
116.98
1
176.36
November 18–22, 2014 2015 Midwestern Sectional Junior 3
51.27
2
93.17
2
144.44
September 10–14, 2014 2014 JGP Japan Junior 4
54.92
8
89.97
8
144.89
2013–14 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 28–30, 2014 2014 Gardena Spring Trophy Junior 3
49.06
2
91.50
3
140.56
January 5–12, 2014 2014 U.S. Championships Junior 4
55.34
6
86.65
4
141.99
November 19–23, 2013 2014 Midwestern Sectional Novice 1
46.05
4
72.95
2
119.00
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 19–27, 2013 2013 U.S. Championships Novice 3
43.22
4
73.69
3
116.91
November 9–13, 2012 2013 Midwestern Sectional Novice 6
33.61
3
71.84
3
105.45
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 22–29, 2012 2012 U.S. Championships Novice 10
32.60
9
68.78
10
101.38
  • ISU Personal bests highlighted in bold.

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