TL;DR news on Mariah Bell at June 14, 2023
Bell blossomed under coach Rafael Arutunian and with training partners including Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon and Ashley Wagner. Bell ranks eighth in the world this season among skaters expected in the Olympic field. Speaking to PEOPLE last year, Bell noted what Rippon, 32, brings to the team versus Arutyunyan, 64, who also works with Nathan Chen and coached former Olympian Michelle Kwan. Bell took home first place at the national competition Friday after excelling in the short program and doing just enough in her free skate to put her on top of the podium. The win all but assures Bell a spot on the U.S. "I just love absolutely skating," Bell said, amid tears, when told the historical significance of her win. That typically represents the end of an Olympic dream for most skaters, but Bell stuck it out and retooled her coaching staff. Bell, 25, and Glenn, 22, have been on different trajectories since the 2021 championships.