Henry Privett-Mendoza Top Ten Finish at Nationals

Local skater has strong finish at 2018 US Figure Skating Championships

PHOTO: HR Mendoza | SouthPasadenan.com | Henry Privett-Mendoza in action on the ice at Nationals

Following our story on Henry Privett-Mendoza, the local skater finished strong at the US Figure Skating Championship finishing 9th in Novice Men.

Says Privett-Mendoza, “top 10 in the nation is always exciting, especially as this was my first year in this division.”  His coaches, Rudy Galindo and Robert Taylor were thrilled and both men agreed Henry gave his best performance all year.

PHOTO: HR Mendoza | SouthPasadenan.com | Henry’s choreographer 1996 Men’s National Champion, World Bronze Medalist and Hall of Famer, Rudy Galindo; Henry; Head coach and 1976 Men’s Novice Champion, Robert Taylor

Fellow Southern California skater, Goku Endo, who represents the All Year Figure Skating Club, won the Novice Men’s title.

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However, Henry wasn’t quite done after competition.  He also had the honor of  performing in US Figure Skating’s Smucker’s Skating Spectacular Gala.  The Smucker’s Spectacular features performances by the newly crowned champions and medalists and the presentation of the 2018 Olympic team.

PHOTO: HR Mendoza | SouthPasadenan.com | Ensemble for American Girl: (l-r) Allison, Ariana, Emma (Kristi’s daughter holding the puppy), Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi, artist Bailey Coats, Ava, Henry Kate, and choreographer, Katherine, backstage for Smucker’s Skating Spectacular Gala.

The team includes Henry’s fellow Pasadena Figure Skating Club member, Mirai Nagasu of Arcadia. Ten years after she won the National Championship, and 8 years after her first trip to the Olympics, Mirai’s magnificent silver medal performance earned her a second trip to the Olympics!

PHOTO: HR Mendoza | SouthPasadenan.com | Pasadena Figure Skating Club national competitors warming up for training session:  Mirai Nagasu – Senior Ladies Silver Medalist and Olympic Team 2018; Henry Privett-Mendoza, 9th Place – Novice Men

Henry took to the ice with Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and a small ensemble, skating to a live performance to singer/songwriter Bailey Coats’ song, “American Girl.”

The Smucker’s Skating Spectacular aired nationally on NBC on Sunday, January 14th.  It can also be streamed on Olympics.com. Find a link here to the official NBC Sports video of the number.