While Nathan Chen will be the headliner at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that begin Thursday in Las Vegas, Mariah Bell could be the scene stealer.
Chen is the first man to win four consecutive national titles since Brian Boitano in 1988. The winner of the last two world championships — the event was not held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic — and the last three Grand Prix crowns, Chen is in line for a fifth successive U.S. title. That would be one less than the overall titles won by Todd Eldredge, but no one since Dick Button from 1946-52 has won five in a row. Button had seven.