Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou have been on the road for months, first for the normal figure skating season, then the Olympics and now for the Stars on Ice tour.

But as the tour winds down, the figure skaters from the Bay Area will get put on a show in front of family and friends at San Jose’s SAP Center on Sunday afternoon.

“I’m super excited,” Chen said. “I definitely invited a lot of people to come and it’ll definitely be special.”

Chen and Zhou were two of the six skaters who helped the United States win the silver medal in team skating at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, and they grew up skating in the Bay Area.

Both Chen, who was born and raised in Fremont, and Zhou, born in San Jose and raised in Palo Alto, are two-time Olympians, having competed individually at the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018 before Beijing. Chen also competed individually in Beijing and finished sixth in the Zhou was set to do the same, but a positive COVID test forced him to withdraw.

Chen said she will have “at least 20 to 30” friends and family members in attendance, and Zhou also said he plans for more than a handful of tickets. It’ll be an especially relevant homecoming for both, as they each have been living and training full-time in Colorado.

“It definitely is going to be one of, if not the, most special shows on the tour,” Zhou said.

But with the Stars on Ice tour nearing its end, with only one week remaining after the stop in San Jose, the skaters are now preparing for their futures — and perhaps the end of their careers.

Another Olympic figure skater from the Bay Area, 16-year-old Alysa Liu, announced her retirement from competitive skating earlier last month and recently told the San Francisco Chronicle that her retirement was “the best decision I ever made.”

Both Chen, 22, and Zhou, 21, are planning on taking a bit of a break from the day-in, day-out training that competitive figure skating can demand and are going to go back to college — Chen at Cornell and Zhou at Brown.

Zhou was devastated by the COVID diagnosis in Beijing, sharing the news in an emotional Instagram video from his hotel room. By the end of the Olympics, he had accepted it as a “stroke of bad luck,” and now he’s looking toward his future rather than dwelling on an opportunity missed.

“[I’m] definitely going back to Brown and taking a full course load and just planning to immerse myself fully in college life,” he said, “as opposed to kind of doing the ‘one foot in each world’ type of thing I did back in 2019. It’s definitely going to be different and I’m looking forward to fully embracing that.”

Chen said she hasn’t set goals for her skating future, describing her mindset as “open-minded” on and off the ice.

There’s also another chance to compete at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 2023, which will also be in San Jose — the third time in the past decade that the SAP Center has hosted the national competition.

Both said they were undecided about competing in next January’s championships, but Zhou said it would be “really, really special” to compete in San Jose again — the place where they both earned their spot on the 2018 Olympic team.

“Just the name of that arena, you see the name of that arena and you’re like, ‘Oh, this is going to be big, this is going to be special,’” Zhou said. “So instantly, there’s that feeling of just wanting to make it special, wanting to put on a really good performance there.”

Chen added, “It’s super exciting to just have nationals at your hometown. I think anyone would attest to that. Anytime you get the hometown crowd, it’s such a special and incredible experience. So it’s actually really exciting to know that nationals will be in that arena.”

But if neither ends up returning next year, Sunday could be the final time they perform on the ice in the Bay Area. And the non-competitive Stars on Ice tour has allowed for some reflection to set in.

“There are moments when I’m on the ice and training is hard, or I had a rough competition and it feels like the end of the world,” Chen said. “Then I take a step back and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, Baby Karen would be so proud of where you are right now, because you’ve gone through so much you’ve you’ve had, you’ve had that resilience, you’ve worked through so many obstacles.’”

And, for two kids who grew up idolizing previous Bay Area skaters like Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano, being on the other side of that relationship means the world.

“Realizing that I’m the one that these kids look up to now, it’s my responsibility to plant that little seed of inspiration in them, so that maybe one day they can grow up and achieve great things — just like people like Brian did for me,” Zhou said.

“If I can be that person for a little kid Sunday, then my skating journey will have come full circle.”