Mariah Bell broke into the upper echelon of U.S. ladies figure skating when she won a bronze medal at nationals in 2017. She finished 12th at her world championships debut a few months later.
Bell was born April 18, 1996 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bell, her older sister Morgan, and her parents moved to Texas soon after. They took a family vacation to Colorado, met a figure skating coach, and on the drive home, the sisters made a “let’s move to Colorado” song and a PowerPoint presentation. It worked, and both girls began their figure skating careers.
Bell won three straight medals to open her 2016-17 season. First, she grabbed a silver at the U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City. She followed that up with a bronze medal at the Nepela Trophy in Slovakia. That all gave Bell momentum for her only Grand Prix assignment, which she believes was her breakout moment.
Bell was a last-minute substitution for an injured skater at Skate America, held in Chicago in October 2016. The competition allowed for a shift in her mentality: She says she realized she could compete at a high international level. Her short program music, appropriately, was from the musical “Chicago.” She took full advantage of the surprise opportunity and won a silver medal behind training partner Ashley Wagner.
Though she hasn’t done it in a while in order to prevent injury, she can ride a unicycle. On her off days, she enjoys sitting on the beach near her home and watching TV shows, including The Mindy Project and The Bachelor. She also has a guinea pig named Charlie.
“Looking forward to what is in store! #rostelecomcup2017 #heycoach”"
Her sister, Morgan, plays Anna from the movie “Frozen” in Disney on Ice. The Bell sisters often have FaceTime sessions before Mariah competes and, when Morgan is on-site at competitions, she helps Mariah apply her makeup.
U.S. figure skater Mariah Bell has had it up to here with the haters blaming her for South Korean rival Lim Eun-soo's injury.
During a warm-up at the World Championships last week, Bell, 22, skated past the 16-year-old, made contact and left her with a slashed leg. Lim received medical attention and was able to compete while wearing a bandage. She finished fifth, while Bell came in sixth.
#WTTFigure Mariah Bell (USA) finishes second at 135.17.
The International Skating Union (ISU) ruled that the incident, which brought back memories of the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan feud in the '90s, was an accident. Meanwhile, Bell and her loved ones have received a slew of nasty comments about the ordeal on social media.
"As I told Eunsoo in Japan, the incident at practice was very unfortunate and I meant absolutely no harm (sic)," Bell wrote on Instagram on Thursday. "Our training environment is professional and supportive, and I've never changed locker rooms or training times or anything like that."