Tennell is now ready to put what has already happened this season behind her as she heads to Detroit for the U.S championships later this month. “This season so far — there have been bright spots and not-so-bright spots — but overall I think it’s a been a really good stepping stone coming off of the Olympic year,” she told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday. “I have been cranking away at my programs, and the daily grind leading up to nationals.” After arriving at last year’s national championships as a relative unknown, Tennell comes to Detroit with a much higher profile. That’s especially true as Olympic teammate Karen Chen, who won the U.S. title the previous year, is missing the competition because of a foot injury. Meanwhile, Mirai Nagasu, who skated in her second Olympics in PyeongChang, is taking a break from the sport, and Gracie Gold, a 2014 Olympic team bronze medalist, withdrew earlier this week after returning to competition in the fall following a break in which she sought treatment for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder. Still, Tennell doesn’t look at herself as the skater to beat. “I don’t think of things in terms like that,” she said. “I think every time I go out on the ice, I want to do the best for myself. As long as I do that, I’m happy.” Making her senior international debut last season, Tennell earned a reputation as a consistent jumper. Building on that this year has been a work in progress. During her performance at Golden Spin in Zagreb, Croatia, in early December, for example, Tennell was called for underrotating her jumps. “I’ve been working on my technique, and trying to jump higher,” she said. “These things happen, and you don’t want to get those calls, but all you can do is take the lesson learned and move on.” All the while, Tennell has also been focusing on developing the artistic side of figure skating this season. Her long program to “Romeo and Juliet” has helped her grow as an artist, she said, as has focusing specifically on artistry in practice.