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June 2, 2021 – Mariah wins Sonja Henie Award

The Professional Skaters Association has announced the winners of the annual EDI Awards. Mariah received the 2021 Sonja Henie Award, which is presented to a female, professional skater or coach who has brought recognition to the sport in a positive and favorable manner.

The Education and Dedication International (EDI) Awards are named after the late World and Olympic coach Edi Scholdan, who died in the 1961 U.S. World Team plane crash. Scholdan was the first president of the PSA and the inspiration for the awards, which recognize exceptional achievement in the sport of figure skating.

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May 25, 2021 – Mariah Bell’s Music Goes Vogue for the 2022 Olympic Season

Since the last Olympic cycle, 25-year-old Mariah Bell has experienced both sides of skating — that of triumph and failure.

Following her popular “Hallelujah” free skate, Bell placed second at the 2020 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Then, she won the title at 2020 Guaranteed Rate Skate America. But at the 2021 Toyota U.S. Championships, her momentum — earned through years of consistent podium appearances — seemed to come to a screeching halt. A rocky free skate in Las Vegas placed her fifth place one year out from the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

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January 11, 2021 – Backed by Family, Mariah Bell Builds on Her Best Season Yet

When Mariah Bell landed her last triple Lutz at the 2020 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the arena roared and took to their feet for the final seconds of her performance. Bell fell to her knees in tears as she finished her ‘Hallelujah’ program to a standing ovation.

“When they were on their feet at the end, it was so incredible and kind of took my breath away,” Bell said. “I wanted to live in that moment for as long as I could and really soak it up.”

The 24-year-old figure skater remembers seeing her parents, Kendra and Andy Bell, jumping up and down in the crowd and that only made her more emotional. Through everything, including several different coaches and moves, Bell’s parents and sister, Morgan Bell, have always been the constant in her life and supported her from the very beginning.

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October 24. 2020 – Nathan Chen, Mariah Bell strike gold at Skate America

As expected, the women’s event was a duel between U.S. silver medalist Mariah Bell and Bradie Tennell, the 2018 U.S. champion and Olympian who placed third in the U.S. behind Alysa Liu and Bell last season. (Liu did not compete at Skate America. At age 15, she is still too young to enter senior ISU Grand Prix events.)

Bell entered the free skate leading by 3.19 points after landing a clean triple flip-triple toe loop combination in her short program on Friday, while Tennell under rotated the second jump in her triple lutz-triple toe combination.

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October 25, 2020 – Mariah Bell wins Skate America, a next step to defying Olympic history

Mariah Bell took an unconventional career route to winning a unique Skate America. It may be the latest in a series of stepping stones to an extraordinary Olympic appearance.

Bell, 24, prevailed in an empty Orleans Arena in Las Vegas — save some judges, officials and cardboard cutouts — to prevail by a slim 1.66 points over 2018 U.S. champion and PyeongChang Olympian Bradie Tennell.

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October 24, 2020 – Mariah Bell hangs on for first Grand Prix gold

Mariah Bell has the first Grand Prix gold medal of her career – just barely.

The 24-year-old American fell in the latter half of her free skate on Saturday, but had skated nearly perfect before that, enough so to hold off compatriot Bradie Tennell for the win at Skate America in Las Vegas. The event is the first of a truncated figure skating Grand Prix Series this season.

Bell, skating to an ABBA medley, won with a 212.73 overall. Tennell, a team bronze medallist for the U.S. at PyeongChang 2018, finished with 211.07, having won the free skate.

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October 22, 2020 – Mariah believes the best is yet to come, including a spot a the Olympics

Memory is an often-imprecise function of the mind. Much of how we remember something owes to the atmosphere of the environment in which it happened, in which we experienced it.

This is especially true of seeing performances live, whether they are athletic, artistic or a combination of both. A brilliant performance in a nearly empty, nearly silent venue often will become less than it was in our memory. The same performance before a cheering or applauding large crowd at a significant event often is remembered as more than it was.

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October 7, 2020 – Mariah Bell to kick off new international season at Skate America

When Mariah Bell looks back at her glorious free skate to k.d. lang’s “Hallelujah” at the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships last January, she has to wonder when she’ll get a chance to create a moment like that again.

The setting? A packed arena, in a town — Greensboro, North Carolina — that has played host to three U.S. Championships in the past 10 years. An appreciative crowd of 7,200, who began their full-throated cheers when Bell landed the last jump in program, some 30 seconds before her music’s final note. A standing ovation.

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September 24, 2020 – Chen and Bell star in online figure skating competition

Chen, who clinched bronze at Pyeongchang 2018, was among a batch of leading American skaters to take part in the event set up by US Figure Skating.

Fellow Olympic medallists Jason Brown, Bradie Tennell and Alexa Knierim also entered into the international selection pool competition, which offers prize money, qualification for the US Championships and future international assignments for American skaters.

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September 1, 2020 – When I Want to Feel Joy Again, I Watch Mariah Bell Soar Through This Free Skate to “Hallelujah”

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and sports were either sidelined or played with little to no fans in attendance, I’ve often thought about what it’ll be like when we can pack bleachers and stadiums again. There’s something magical about hundreds or thousands of people sharing a moment together in sports, a feeling that’s captured perfectly in this breathtaking free skate by Mariah Bell, which she performed at the 2020 US Figure Skating Championships in January, just a couple months before the country went into lockdown.

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August 24, 2020 – CEO of Her Career, Mariah Bell Explains Her Mentality and the New Programs She Hopes Lead to Even More Success

At 24 years old, Mariah Bell has established that she is the CEO of her figure skating career. World-renowned technician Rafael Arutunian is head coach and technical advisor of the entity, and 2018 Olympic Team Event bronze medalist Adam Rippon is a combination of coach, lead choreographer and chief planner.

After two decades of skating, Bell now has a team in place that has her firing on all cylinders and reaching heights she had previously thought unattainable, with the 2019-20 season being her best yet. Bell won her first career ISU Challenger Series gold at Nebelhorn Trophy, then medaled at both her Grand Prix assignments for the first time, and finished the shortened season with a career-best silver at the 2020 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships with a free skate performance that brought the crowd to its feet in deafening applause.

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August 22, 2020 – “Im Just Getting Started”

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“I’m just getting started.” Figure skater @MariahSk8rBell says in an exclusive interview she isn’t backing down. She calls @nathanwchen and @adamrippon an inspiration. Her free skate for 2020-21? An @mariahbell_yold2wABBA medley!

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August 22, 2020 – Exclusive! Mariah Bell looks ahead: ‘I want to push my boundaries’

Mariah Bell couldn’t hear her music over the loudspeaker inside the arena. And that was for good reason.

As the American figure skater performed the closing seconds of her “Hallelujah” free skate at the 2020 US Figure Skating Championships, the crowd inside the Greensboro Coliseum rose to its feet, roaring in approval of what many consider to be one of the standout performances of the truncated 2019-20 figure skating season.

“It was so incredible… I feel like it’s a moment that I had envisioned so many times,” Bell tells Olympic Channel in an exclusive chat. “I believe in manifesting events, (but) you obviously can’t manifest something if you don’t put in the work.”

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July 20, 2020 – Mariah Bell: “I have so much more I want to do beyond this season”

When Mariah Bell stepped off the ice following her unforgettable free skate at the U.S. Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina Jan. 24, she never realized that would be the last time she would compete during the 2019-2020 season and that she would spend almost three months off the ice. At the time, the reigning U.S. silver medalist hadn’t even heard of the coronavirus.

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April 15, 2020 – Mariah Bell is sheltering in place in the family RV

Downsizing has its advantages, even if you’re sheltering in place due to the coronavirus.

Take Mariah Bell’s family, for example.

Bell, older sister Morgan, parents Kendra and Andrew, and Bell’s rabbit Gizmo are all practicing social distancing in the family’s 45-foot recreational vehicle (RV).

“When you see an RV driving down the street, you may not think about what it looks like in the inside,” Bell said. “It really is like a house.”

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January 29, 2020 – Adam Rippon and Mariah Bell break down her incredible performance at the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Nationals

The crowd were on their feet long before the end of routine. Mariah Bell landed a triple lutz jump and the audience went wild. The 23-year-old collapsed with emotion at the end of the routine in clear elation. She had secured a second place behind 14-year-old Alysa Liu at the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Her selection for the world championships had become a formality.

In 2018, Mariah was a second alternate for the Olympics. Now, her coach and mentor Adam Rippon says ‘the sky is the limit’ for Mariah.

The Olympic Channel went to find out why adding a little bit of Britney into the mix has made such a big impact.

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