Carpentersville native Bradie Tennell wins US championship for second time in four years

Every bit of the women’s part of the U.S. Figure Skating Championship belonged to Bradie Tennell.

Tennell, who grew up in Carpentersville, won the free skate competition Friday night in Las Vegas to go with her short program victory from Thursday, giving her the overall title for the second time.

Tennell, who won in 2018, finished with 232.61 points, well ahead of Amber Glenn in second place with 215.33. Tennell scored 79.40 in the short program, then picked up 153.21 in the free skate.

“I don’t even know where to start,” Tennell told NBC Sports after her victory. “I’m so happy. That skate was everything I wanted to put out there. I’m so happy and so grateful to everybody who helped me get here.”

Tennell could head to Stockholm, Sweden for the World Figure Skating Championships, scheduled for March 22-28 if it still goes on with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tennell worked with skating coach Denise Myers in Buffalo Grove for most of her career when she lived in Carpentersville. She moved to Colorado Springs last year to work with her new coach Tom Zakrajsek.

Karen Chen took third with 214.98, while Alysa Liu was fourth and Mariah Bell was fifth. Liu took gold last year, with Bell winning silver and Tennell taking bronze.

Joe Stevenson

I have worked at the Northwest Herald since January of 1989, covering everything from high school to professional sports. I mainly cover high school sports now.