Last week, I talked with 2018 U.S. Champion and Olympic Team Bronze Medalist Bradie Tennell for Figure Skaters Online. The story is part of an ongoing series catching up with skaters as they, like the rest of the world, adapt to the current circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bradie Tennell’s suitcase was up in her room, half-packed for the 2020 World Championships in Montreal, when she heard the news that the event was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was literally like somebody kicked me in the gut. I was shocked. We found out four days before we were supposed to leave,” she said. “Obviously, it was the right decision, but it was very hard for me.”
It was an anticlimactic end to Tennell’s season, which had included a silver medal at Skate America, an appearance at the Grand Prix Final, and a bronze medal at the 2020 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Now, at home in suburban Chicago while Illinois is under stay-at-home orders, Tennell says she is “living day to day.”
Read the full story at Figure Skaters Online for more from Bradie, including how she’s keeping busy at home these days and why she supported the recent Blades for the Brave fundraiser for health workers like her mom, who is a nurse.