The American figure skater opened the event by skating to Harry Styles Sign of the Times.. "I did not watch the other events, but I did follow the results. ", Four more years? I skated the way my heart felt. @govincentzhou x #ToyotaUSChamps22 Team USA will be represented by two ice dancing pairs: bronze medalists Alex and Maia Shibutani and fourth-place finishers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue. And then there's Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz, who were just, well, maniacs. All rights reserved. After 11 days of competition over the course of more than two weeks, it was time for the world's best figure skaters to let loose. Since the event is not scored, skaters don't have to worry about formal rules and requirements. I know I could have pulled a score like that. Any dreams he had of competing in the men's singles event were dashed. @Japan_Olympic I . It might come off as self-centered, but I got in all the songs I wanted to get in. Updated: February 20, 2022 05:56 AM. NBC Olympics Fourth-place finisher Javier Fernandez did a routine he called "Aerobics Class," which involved several costume changes, props and having a bucket of water dumped on him. USA's Alysa Liu performs in the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. Vincent Zhou made his return to the Olympic ice in the figure skating exhibition gala on Saturday night. I know I could have pulled a score like that. Alexandra Trusova of Team ROC skates during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. The event will represent the conclusion of the sport's presence on the Olympic stage and serve as little more than an opportunity for some of the world's best and brightest to show off after a heated and competitive two weeks. Confident in his own abilities, Zhou reiterated how difficult it was to watch his fellow countrymen excel on the international stage. During his three-minute repertoire, Chen landed a backflip to tie up his routine nicely. The latest in the sports world, emailed daily. Italian figure skating pair Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise brought Rocky to the ice in a must-see program in the Olympic exhibition gala. SEE MORE: Gala: Della Monica & Guarise get it on as Italian Stallions. Nathan Chen's Backflip and More: See Top Performances From Figure Skating Gala, Figure Skating Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Day 16. ROC pairs silver medalists Yevgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov told a story through this "My Heart Will Go On" (from "Titanic") performance. A Hubbard Broadcasting Company, COVID-19 in Greater Rochester & Finger Lakes area, BREAKING NEWS > Congressman Lee Zeldin attacked during campaign rally speech, Gala: Aleksandra Trusova steals the show as Wonder Woman, Gala: Near? Despite the disappointment of the games to this point, and looking ahead to the opportunity to shine that Saturday's event brings him, Zhou stayed positive. Far? I don't want to dwell on the negatives," he said, per Jay Busbee of Yahoo Sports. This years final performances featured acrobatics on ice, themed performances, and more. I am beyond thrilled for what Nathan and Jason Brown, It was extremely difficult for me to see the results because I knew that I could have medalled. Russian figure skater Aleksandra Trusova followed up her silver medal performance in womens singles figure skating with an epic Wonder Woman-themed performance in the exhibition gala. Yuzuru Hanyu thrills crowd with final performance. https://t.co/cmFstKlUGC. Russian Olympic Committee's Aleksandra Trusova, who earned silver in the women's singles event, was fierce as Wonder Woman with one of the most acrobatic moves we've seen all Games, while her ROC teammates showed their sensual side. WATCH ON DEMAND: NBC | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock. Zhou was forced to withdraw from the mens individual event after testing positive for COVID-19. Two-time men's gold medalist (2014, 2018) Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and newly-crowned women's champion Anna Shcherbakova of ROC were among those who took the exhibition a bit more seriously. SEE MORE: Gala: Girl next door meets rock star in ROC pairs program. Womens singles gold medalist Anna Shcherbakova closed out her memorable 2022 Winter Olympics with a graceful skate at the Olympic gala. Expect to see a more fun and relaxed side of your favorite figure skaters during the performance. Nathan Chen of Team United States reacts during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. Hanyu Yuzuru smiled and said, Theres a part of me that does want to skate here again. Team USAs star figure skater, Nathan Chen, returned to the ice at the 2022 Winter Olympics for a final performance, and wowed an entirely new way. And be grateful when you're breathing clean air.". Meanwhile, some athletes took the chance to show just how crucial convincing acting abilities are to their sport. That disappointment has not hurt his humility or appreciation for the fans and media attention paid to him. SEE MORE: Gala: Keegan Messing performs a backflip. Watch it here. I was thinking about this and that, feeling grateful about where I am as I was talking to myself. He was thrilled by the invitation to skate on Olympic ice once more; in fact, he led off the gala. "Be proud of small victories every single day, and don't let one small result define you. "It was extremely difficult for me to see the results because I knew that I could have medalled. Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Team Italy react during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. I skated the way my heart felt. SEE MORE: Gala: Smart and Diaz are maniacs on the ice, Copyright 2022 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company, Our Team | Station Info | Closed Captioning | Public File | EEO | Careers | Advertising, Any person with disabilities who needs help accessing the content of the FCC Public file should contact Karen Calarese at kcalarese@whec.com or 585-546-5670, FCC Applications | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | DMCA Notice | Do Not Sell My Info | Contest Rules | Site Map, This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. The Olympic exhibition gala event isn't scored and happens near the end of the games. As did Team USA's Vincent Zhou, who was part of the second-place U.S. squad in the team event but then tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to compete in the men's competition. document.write(new Date().getFullYear()); WHEC-TV, LLC SEE MORE: Gala: Morisi Kvitelashvili wows as Genie from Aladdin. Figure skating icon Yuzuru Hanyu thrilled the gala crowd on the final night of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Russia's Evgenia Tarasova and Russia's Vladimir Morozov take part in the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. It showcased the 18 athletes who medaled in the sport throughout the three-week contest and provided one last performance for these decorated athletes to excel in their craft. There was also a display of backflips, a skill not allowed in competition, with skaters displaying the freedom the gala grants them. Distance is nothing for Tarasova/Morozov, Gala: Nathan Chen backflips his way through show program, Gala: Girl next door meets rock star in ROC pairs program, Gala: Della Monica & Guarise get it on as Italian Stallions, Gala: Morisi Kvitelashvili wows as Genie from Aladdin, Gala: Yuzuru Hanyu puts artistry on full display, Gala: Gold medalist Shcherbakova's angelic program, Gala: Vincent Zhou returns to the Olympics, Gala: Smart and Diaz are maniacs on the ice, BREAKING: Two RPD officers shot on Bauman Street, one killed, Congressman Lee Zeldin attacked during campaign event, Gunpoint robbery leads to downtown car chase: 4 in custody, 17-year-old sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murder. See some of the biggest highlights below: Chen, the mens single skatinggoldmedalist, took the ice for one last time in Beijing and he did not fall short of impressing the world. Zhou missed his opportunity at Olympic gold when he was forced into quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test the day after the team event. Competitors interact with mascot Bing Dwen Dwen following the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=674090812743125&ev=PageView&noscript=1"/>. The 22-year-old medalist skated to Fanfare Ciocarlas Caravan, and proved himself yet again on the Ice Ribbon. "Be proud of small victories every single day, and don't let one small result define you. Nathan Chen was invited to perform after his record-breaking skate in the men's free program, but he was forced to withdraw after coming down with the flu. Tickets to the gala are some of the highest priced in the Games, coming second only to the men's hockey gold medal game. SEE MORE: Gala: Nathan Chen backflips his way through show program. Every Olympic medalist from the men's, women's, pairs and ice dance events at these Games -- plus several others -- showed off their personalities with show programs that varied from wild to romantic. Social video edited by me. Here's a look at some of our favorite performances from the gala. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of Team United States skate during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. He even had a helping hand from Trusova. Skaters spend the entire season perfecting their routines in order to win the coveted gold medal. Alexandra Trusova of Team ROC and Morisi Kvitelashvili of Team Georgia skate during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. Among the confirmed to compete are American Vincent Zhou, freshly out of COVID-19 quarantine, and a two-time gold medalist from Japan, Hanyu Yuzuru. Messing had trouble getting to the Games, with COVID-19 and travel issues, but once there had was having the time of his life, between competing and then cheering on teammates with a giant Canadian flag. In the 2014 gala in Sochi, Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated to C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)." "Appreciate the journey, not just the destination," he said. "A, nd I'm happy to have the chance to skate on Olympic ice in the gala. This came as a surprise for some, as Nagasu became the third woman in Olympic history to land a triple Axel during the team event. This is what the two-time Olympic champion had to say: ". For Olympic figure skaters, the individual events are the peak of their competition. Yuzuru finished a disappointing fourth in men's singles skating, missing the podium after winning back-to-back golds in the previous two Olympic games. ", The event will serve as a platform for Zhou to showcase his abilities after this particular audience only got a taste of what he is capable of. They also have more room for creativity in their costume and music choices. For Zhou, the gala represents a shot at redemption in Beijing.

Yuzuru will certainly be the fan-favorite among those in attendance and across social media, where he has a strong following. It might come off as self-centered, but I got in all the songs I wanted to get in.". I am beyond thrilled for what Nathan and Jason Brownwere able to accomplish," he said, per Nick McCarvel of Olympics.com. I don't want to dwell on the negatives," he said, per, Appreciate the journey, not just the destination," he said. And boy did they ever in the epic gala that was held the final day of the 2022 Winter Olympics. But even after all the medals have been awarded, Olympic figure skating still isn't over. In true Canadian fashion, men's competitor Keegan Messing had the crowd going with this skate to Alan Doyle's "1, 2, 3, 4." Far? NBC will be airing coverage of the gala at 8:00 p.m. The event is traditionally a fan favorite as some of the biggest performers take the ice without a medal on the line, allowing them to perform in a way not seen during the Winter Games. Anna Shcherbakova of Team ROC skates during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz of Team Spain skate during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. Aleksandra Trusova performs in the figure skating gala at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Copyright 2022 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on February 24. Another skater who used the opportunity to play a character was Georgia's Morisi Kvitelashvili, who portrayed Genie from "Aladdin" -- blue body and all. SEE MORE: Gala: Yuzuru Hanyu puts artistry on full display, SEE MORE: Gala: Gold medalist Shcherbakova's angelic program, SEE MORE: Gala: Vincent Zhou returns to the Olympics. With no more medals to chase, some of the top figure skaters in the world will perform Saturday night in the Exhibition Gala, an unscored event in which skill and creativity take center stage. The event will serve as a platform for Zhou to showcase his abilities after this particular audience only got a taste of what he is capable of. This year's exhibition gala won't feature any singles skaters from Team USA. When asked why he had been seen talking to himself so much on the ice during practice, he said: "I was thinking about this and that, feeling grateful about where I am as I was talking to myself. This was a fantastic close to Chens debut Olympic performance, where he clinched thegoldin mens singles andbroke the recordfor the highest score on the short program. The figure skating portion of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games came to a close Saturday evening with Beijings Exhibition Gala. Published to 38 TEGNA stations, Winter 2018. Typically, skaters who earned a medal, or came close, participate in the event, which is one of the most expensive for fans to attend. ", Now, that's how it's done. Wakaba Higuchi of Team Japan skates during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. SEE MORE: Gala: Aleksandra Trusova steals the show as Wonder Woman. Chen's fellow teammates Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu did not receive invitations. Watch more top videos, highlights, and B/R original content. I did not watch the other events, but I did follow the results. SEE MORE: Gala: Near? Wang Shiyue and Liu Xinyu of Team China skate during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of Team France skate during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. Liu Xinyu of Team China carrying Yuzuru Hanyu of Team Japan skates after the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing, China. And be grateful when you're breathing clean air. The nerdy Anastasia Mishina landed her rock-star man -- pairs partner and fellow bronze medalist Aleksandr Galliamov -- in the above, while Italian ice dancer Nicole Della Monica had some choice words for hers, partner Matteo Guarise, in this Rocky Balboa/Marvin Gaye mash-up. "And I'm happy to have the chance to skate on Olympic ice in the gala. The only other backflip of the event came from Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen in this "Caravan" program (then he and Messing teamed up for synced backflips in the finale). Distance is nothing for Tarasova/Morozov. Vincent Zhou made his return to Olympic ice, Anna Shcherbakova returned for an angelic final skate, figure skating legend Yuzuru Hanyu thrilled the crowd with another stunning performance, Aleksandra Trusova followed up her silver medal performance with a Wonder Woman-themed skate. Georgian figure skater Morisi Kvitelashvili ended his Olympic debut performing an exhibition program as Genie from Aladdin. "Looking forward to the support in the exhibition," he said, per Shintaro Kano of Olympics.com.