Isabeau Levito: 15-year-old wins US figure skating title


Teenager Isabeau Levito underscored her status as a future Olympian by winning her first U.S. figure skating title.

The 15-year-old, who is the world junior champion, scored a total of 223.33 points in San Jose on Friday to finish ahead of two-time champion Bradie Tennell, who finished second with 213.12 points. Amber Glenn finished third.

“I was so proud of myself for staying so calm and focused, doing exactly what I wanted to do,” Levito, from New Jersey, told NBC. “I’m ready to start bouncing off the walls.”

Levito led by two hundredths of a point after Thursday’s short program. In his free skate and under intense pressure after Tennell had played a few minutes earlier, scoring 139.36, Levito scored 149.55 to win gold.

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