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

LSU defensive lineman Ali Gaye celebrates after a turnover by Missouri during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Community roundup: E-W grad Gaye to return for final season at LSU

Also, nominations for the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame’s class of 2022 start Tuesday.

X
Prep results for Tuesday, Jan. 25

Prep results for Tuesday, Jan. 25: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Arlington’s Keira Marsh gos for a layup against Snohomish on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 at Arlington High School. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Arlington girls fend off Snohomish in pivotal league showdown

The Eagles ride their defense to a 57-44 win over the Panthers in a clash of 3A state top-five teams.

Olen Zellweger
Tips prevail during light week despite being short-handed due to COVID

Three players tested positive for COVID before Everett’s only game, but the Tips still won 5-3.

X
Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Jan. 17-23

The Athlete of the Week nominees for Jan. 17-23. Voting closes at… Continue reading

The Shorecrest bench reacts to a missed shot in the final seconds of regular time to send the game against Arlington to overtime on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Wave of cancellations wreaking havoc on winter prep sports

‘It’s just been so hard’: Canceled games and program shutdowns have been commonplace for local teams.

Mariner's Naser Motley is able to get around Glacier Peak's Bobby Siebers to make a layup during the game on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mariner boys beat GP in battle for 1st place atop Wesco 4A

The Marauders ride their defense to a 53-43 win over the No. 7-ranked Grizzlies in a key league clash.

Seattle University's Hal Uderitz, a Snohomish High School graduate, competes during a game against Portland on Sept. 12, 2019. (Photo provided by Seattle U)
Snohomish grad hopes to earn contract with Sounders

Hal Uderitz was drafted in the third round by Seattle and aims to prove in preseason he’s deserving of a first-team contract.

Seattle Kraken's Calle Jarnkrok (19) tumbles in front of Nashville Predators' Alexandre Carrier in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Kraken fall to Predators 4-2

Seattle led twice but couldn’t hold on in a loss to Nashville.

Most Read