Edmonds native Jean-Luc Baker (right) and Kaitlin Hawayek of the United States perform in the ice dance free dance skating program during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup on Nov. 27, 2021, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Edmonds native Jean-Luc Baker (right) and Kaitlin Hawayek of the United States perform in the ice dance free dance skating program during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup on Nov. 27, 2021, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Olympic bid on the line for Edmonds native Baker

Jean-Luc Baker and partner Kaitlin Hawayek are set to compete at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship Friday and Saturday.

NASHVILLE — Jean-Luc Baker’s bid to fulfill his childhood dream of making it to the Olympics goes down this weekend.

The 28-year-old Edmonds native, who graduated from Kamiak High School, and his partner Kaitlin Hawayek hope to convince U.S. Figure Skating they deserve a spot on the Olympic ice dancing team when they compete at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Friday and Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

Hawayek and Baker served as alternates for the U.S. team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. With one of the three pairs who made that team, Maia and Alex Shibutani, not competing this time around, Hawayek and Baker were favored to take the third spot along with the duos of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

However, Hawayek suffered a concussion in training during the summer, which forced the pair to withdraw from its early season competitions. Therefore, Hawayek and Baker head into nationals without a full season of competition under their belts.

While results at nationals do not determine who is selected for the Olympic team, it’s likely Hawayek and Baker need to finish in the top three to be selected by U.S. Figure Skating. Hawayek and Baker were bronze medalists at each of the past three U.S. Championships.

The rhythm dance is scheduled for 11 a.m. (Pacific Time) Friday and the free dance is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. Saturday. Both will be broadcast on USA and Peacock. U.S. Figure Skating will announce its three ice dancing teams for the Olympics, which take place Feb. 4-20 in Beijing, Sunday morning.

Talk to us

More in Sports

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett poses with a soccer ball in front of the U.S. capitol building in Washington, D.C.. (Provided photo)
How Rep. Rick Larsen helped Seattle secure its 2026 World Cup bid

The longtime congressman isn’t solely responsible, but he played a small role in bringing the event to the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez, left, reacts with third base coach Manny Acta after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, July 4, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
M’s offense backs strong Flexen start for win over Padres

Julio Rodriguez homers again and Cal Raleigh drive four runs in an 8-2 victory.

AquaSox's manager, Louis Boyd, Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett on July 28, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
AquaSox fall to Canadians

Everett musters just two hits as Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis makes a rehab appearance.

Storm
Dream pull away in 3rd to beat Storm

Seattle never leads in a 90-76 loss to Atlanta.

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez is greeted in the dugout after he hit a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 3, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Rodriguez, Ray lead Mariners by lowly A’s

Seattle’s star rookie drive in both runs and Robbie Ray fans a season-high 12 batters.

AquaSox's manager, Louis Boyd, Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett on July 28, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
AquaSox rally from early hole to beat Emeralds

Victor Labrada hits the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning as Everett wins 6-4.

Kevin Clark / The Herald

***Silvertips Special Sections*****
Yan Khomenko signals for substitution Sunday night at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wa on September 6th, 2015

Sports:  Silvertips Special Section
Shot on: 09/06/15
Silvertips add pair in CHL import draft

Everett selects Czechian forward Dominik Rymon with pick 57 and Swiss goalie Tim Metzger 117th overall.

Silvertips’ Niko Huuhtanen and Giants’ Jaden Lipinski fight for the puck during the playoff match up against the Vancouver Giants on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Silvertips will look to replace Huuhtanen in CHL import draft

The standout forward who scored 37 goals this past season recently signed a professional contract to play in Finland.

FILE - UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr., right, tries to get by Southern California forward Isaiah Mobley during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on March 5, 2022, in Los Angeles. UCLA and Southern California are planning to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten Conference in a seismic change that could lead to another major realignment of college sports. A person who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, June 30, 2022, on condition of anonymity because the schools' talks with the Big Ten have not been made public said the schools have taken steps to request an invitation to join the conference. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
UCLA, USC leaving Pac-12 for Big Ten

The two schools announce they will be exiting the Pac-12 in 2024 in a major blow to the viability of the conference.

Most Read