2018 US Nationals Senior Men’s Free Skate

GROUP 1

Jordan Moeller: 58.08 TES + 67.78 PCS -1.00 = 124.86  Total: 180.21

  • I love the subtle opening to this program drawing a one footed figure on the ice
  • Nice quad salchow
  • Triple axel step out
  • Double axel
  • Popped his lutz in what was intended to be a three jump combo
  • Good triple loop
  • Triple flip
  • Triple lutz + half loop + double salchow
  • Triple lutz
  • Nice layback position in his closing spin
  • Quad salchow and triple axel were judged under-rotated as was the triple flip

Scott Dyer: 47.25 TES + 64.62 PCS = 111.87 Total: 172.04 and into 2nd place

  • Triple flip a bit two footed and step out downgraded
  • Single axel
  • Double loop
  • Love the entrance to his camel spin that picks up speed in time with the music building
  • Triple axel step out downgraded
  • Triple lutz two footed + single loop + double salchow under-rotated
  • Triple flip step out and hand down
  • Triple salchow off in the air but hangs on to it
  • Triple toe
  • Level 4 on the spins

Ben Jalovick: 60.49 TES + 61.72 PCS = 122.21  Total: 178.33 and into 2nd place

  • Double axel, upper body a bit down on the landing but he stands up
  • Good triple flip + triple toe (edge call)
  • Triple lutz
  • Big triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow with hands down on final jump and under-rotated
  • He has such a nice low, stretched out sit spin position
  • Triple loop + double toe with one arm overhead
  • Triple salchow
  • Double axel
  • Double lutz turn out
  • Level 4 on the final spin

Daniel Kulenkamp: 60.00 TES + 59.80 PCS -2.00 = 117.80 Total:177.95 and into 3rd place

  • Single axel
  • Triple flip + triple toe under-rotated
  • Good triple loop
  • Just a minor choreographic choice, but I disliked that on the word up, he bent down to grab his leg for a catch foot position in his spin
  • Lots to like about his step sequence with a nice light quality and floating movements
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow off in the air and falls
  • Triple flip hand down and fall
  • Double axel + double toe
  • Triple lutz
  • Double axel
  • He earned Level 4 on his first two spins

Kevin Shum: 54.57 TES + 56.72 PCS = 111.29 Total: 163.33 and into 5th place

  • Double axel with good height
  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • He’s a very gifted skater with nice edges and a good feel for this music; I would just like to see him loosen up his shoulders and head to match his movements
  • Triple loop + double toe + double loop
  • Triple flip a bit close to the boards
  • Triple lutz two footed
  • Triple loop just looked like he got stuck in the ice and never got up, less tangled, two footed
  • Single salchow
  • Double axel over-rotates a bit and steps out of it
  • Finished after the music
  • Level 4 on his first spin and Level 4 on the step sequence

 

GROUP 2

Tomoki Hiwatshi: 80.69 TES + 73.36 PCS = 154.05  Total: 217.53 and into 1st place

  • Quad toe (under)+ triple toe
  • Popped axel
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Good positions in the camel spin with a nice catchfoot
  • Really nice qualities of movement in this step seqeunce
  • Good triple loop
  • Triple salchow
  • Double axel
  • Super difficult triple lutz + single loop + triple flip
  • Triple lutz
  • Best program he’s skated all season
  • Gorgeous Ina Bauer, nice spiral and great cantilever
  • When he’s on he really does have the whole package and there is so much potential there
  • Positive GOEs on every element of that program and the quad because of the under-rotation
  • Level 4 on two spins

Sean Rabbitt: 69.44 TES + 71.80 PCS = 141.24  Total: 214.46 and into 2nd place

  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Triple axel a bit rough on landing, downgrade
  • Off on the takeoff of the triple loop and two footed
  • Really getting the crowd into the program on the step sequence
  • Nice, easy triple flip
  • Spiral into triple lutz
  • Double axel
  • Triple salchow + triple toe
  • Double axel + double toe + double toe
  • He definitely is a fun skater to watch and he does the performance, steps, and spins so well with great choreography and attention to detail
  • Level 4 on everything

Sebastien Payannet: 53.84 TES + 60.76 PCS -3.00 = 111.60 Total: 172.89 and into 6th place

  • Good triple axel attempt but sat down on it
  • Double axel
  • I love his choreography and the details in his program
  • Triple lutz + double toe
  • Triple flip hand down
  • Triple toe
  • Triple lutz fall
  • Triple salchow hand down
  • Triple salchow + double toe turnout
  • This piece of music really demands a clean performance to be effective and he has the choreography to back it up if he goes clean
  • I also find his costume to be a bit distracting as it has an awkward neckline and it really keeps drawing the eye away from his skating
  • Went over the end of his music

Emmanuel Savary: 48.56 TES + 64.92 PCS -1.00 = 112.48 Total: 177.13 and into 6th place

  • Triple toe
  • Double salchow
  • Triple flip + double toe no flow on landing
  • Triple loop
  • Triple flip fall
  • Double axel
  • Triple salchow
  • Triple toe two foot landing
  • He has a lot of nice qualities but the jumps just weren’t there today

Max Aaron: 74.81 TES + 74.44 PCS = 149.25 Total: 224.20 and into 1st place

  • Quad toe flip out and hand down
  • Double salchow
  • Triple loop
  • Popped toe into a double
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Triple axel
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow
  • Double axel
  • Finished just after his music
  • Such a shame that he couldn’t have redemption after his short program
  • He did earn positive GOEs on everything except for the opening quad attempt and had Level 4 on two of his spins

 

ICE RESURFACING

GROUP 3

Jimmy Ma: 77.75 TES + 69.38 PCS = 147.13 Total: 222.41 and into 2nd place

  • Quad toe low landing and turns out of it
  • Triple loop
  • Triple axel + double toe a bit of a pause between jumps
  • Triple axel step out
  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Triple salchow step out
  • Triple lutz
  • Level 4 last two spins and steps

Alexander Johnson: 75.44 TES + 77.58 PCS = 153.02 Total: 232.62 and into 1st place

  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Triple axel
  • Triple lutz + half loop + triple flip a loss of flow on the last jump
  • Double axel + triple toe
  • Double loop
  • Triple flip a bit back on the heel
  • Triple salchow nicely done
  • This program has such a nice ease and flow to it and the choreography matches the music well
  • Double axel
  • Great camel spin positions from him
  • Level 4 step sequence and final spin

Aleksei Krasnozhon: 68.58 TES + 73.42 PCS -1.00 = 141.00  Total: 223.58 and into 3rd place

  • Quad loop stands up on it, downgraded
  • Triple salchow
  • Triple axel back on his heel and then a fall
  • Triple flip + double toe + double loop a bit scratchy and tight
  • Triple axel (under)+ triple toe
  • Triple lutz + double toe
  • Triple lutz a little down on one side on the landing but hangs on
  • Looking a little fatigued through the last half of this program
  • The artistic side is something that he still needs to work on and will be the big push to move him from the junior level to the senior
  • Double axel
  • Level 4 on step sequence and 2 spins

Andrew Torgashev: 60.63 TES + 76.06 PCS -1.00 = 135.69  Total: 217.01 and into 6th place

  • Triple axel two footed the landing and fell, downgraded
  • Popped into a double toe
  • Triple lutz step out
  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • This choreography seems really marked through and he’s not fully committing to it; but this is a complicated story for a young skater to emote to
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow hand down
  • Triple flip + double toe under-rotated
  • Triple loop
  • He’s really fighting for every jump in this program
  • Double axel
  • Much better commitment, power, and passion through the step sequence really selling it through the final minute of the program
  • Level 4 step sequence and first two spins

Timothy Dolensky: 75.15 TES + 78.12 PCS -2.00 = 151.27  Total: 236.33 and into 1st place

  • Quad salchow fall
  • Triple axel really hard fall, slipping off his edge and his shoulder got stuck behind him
  • He is such am amazing skater to watch with so many interesting qualities and great choreography and he really feels the music better than almost any one else in this field
  • Lunge into a camel spin
  • Triple axel hand down + double toe
  • Triple loop
  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Double ‘Tano lutz
  • Double axel + half loop + triple salchow two footed
  • Triple flip
  • Level 4 on two spins and step sequence

 

GROUP 4

Vincent Zhou: 98.47 TES + 87.48 PCS -1.00 = 184.75  Total: 273.83 and into 1st place

  • I love this opening edit of the music
  • Quad lutz + triple toe with both arms above head
  • Quad flip (under)
  • Quad salchow might have been slightly two footed (under)
  • Quad lutz upper body a bit down but he holds on (under)
  • Quad toe step out and fall (downgrade)
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Triple axel two footed
  • I love the entire edit of this program and the passion and power in this step sequence–If he ever skates this program clean this step sequence is going to bring the house down
  • Triple Rippon Lutz + single loop + triple flip
  • Lots of reviews out there so we’ll see if the rotations hold up but this was an incredible program from him

Grant Hochstein: 78.71 TES + 84.42 PCS = 163.13  Total: 255.31 and into 2nd place

  • Double toe
  • Triple axel step out
  • Triple lutz
  • I’m so glad he brought back Les Mis for his last performance at the US Championships–definitely an iconic, breakthrough program for him
  • Lunge into a nice camel spin with a good donut position
  • Triple axel really scratchy landing but manages to not put a hand down
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow
  • Triple loop
  • Triple flip
  • This program has such a great build to it and is truly designed to bring an arena to their feet
  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Level 4 on his step sequence and final two spins

Ross Miner: 96.16 TES + 89.44 PCS = 185.60  Total: 274.51 and into 1st place

  • Nice quad salchow
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Huge triple lutz + triple toe
  • What a start to the program for him…the audience has been with him from the first note
  • Lunge into a heel slide into a camel spin
  • Huge triple axel, chest slightly down on the landing
  • Good triple loop
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow
  • Triple flip
  • Miner hasn’t skated like this in years and what a time to have a skate like this!
  • Love this choreographic sequence–so cool and lots of little tricks
  • Double axel
  • Positive GOEs on everything but triple axel (just a slight negative) with Level 4 on everything

Adam Rippon: 80.24 TES + 92.58 PCS -1.00 = 171.82  Total: 268.34 and into 3rd place

  • Quad lutz fall (under)
  • Triple flip + triple loop
  • Double axel (planned)
  • He does choreography so well…you truly believe he is a bird out there on the ice from the arm motions to the little tilts of the head or look of the eyes
  • Triple axel + double toe + double loop
  • Nice triple axel
  • Triple flip + triple toe (under)
  • Popped salchow
  • Popped lutz
  • That is a huge amount of points left on the table and he needs all the jumps he has with positive GOEs to compete–it’s going to be really close
  • Level 4 on his spins and steps

Jason Brown: 69.81 TES + 91.64 PCS -1.00 = 160.45 Total: 253.68 and into 5th place

  • Quad toe two footed and just popped off his feet and fell into the wall, downgrade
  • Triple axel step out, under
  • Triple loop a bit two footed, under
  • Gorgeous spin with so much speed in the catch foot camel
  • Triple axel two footed
  • Triple lutz
  • Triple flip just missed the entrance on the second jump and stumbles through it
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow
  • Double axel
  • There is a lot of points left on the table with this program.  His program was worth so much less compared to everyone else so he needed to be perfect
  • He earned Level 4 on everything

Nathan Chen: 115.86 TES + 94.92 PCS = 210.78  Total: 315.23 and into 1st place

  • Quad flip + triple toe
  • Quad flip
  • Triple loop
  • This is such a modern, edgy program and it really does set him apart from some of the other skaters
  • Quad toe + double toe
  • Quad toe a little forward on the landing but otherwise nice
  • Quad salchow
  • Through five quads and not one review called
  • Popped axel
  • Triple flip + double toe + double loop
  • All positive GOEs except for popped axel and all Level 4
Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 21 Nathan Chen, Salt Lake Figure Skating 1 104.45 1 210.78 315.23
2 18 Ross Miner, SC of Boston 6 88.91 2 185.60 274.51
3 16 Vincent Zhou, SC of San Francisco 5 89.02 3 184.81 273.83
4 19 Adam Rippon, SC of New York 2 96.52 4 171.82 268.34
5 17 Grant Hochstein, SC of New York 4 92.18 5 163.13 255.31
6 20 Jason Brown, Skokie Valley SC 3 93.23 6 160.45 253.68
7 15 Timothy Dolensky, Atlanta FSC 7 85.06 9 151.27 236.33
8 12 Alexander Johnson, Braemar-City of Lakes FSC 10 79.60 8 153.02 232.62
9 10 Max Aaron, Broadmoor SC 12 74.95 10 149.25 224.20
10 13 Aleksei Krasnozhon, Dallas FSC 8 82.58 13 141.00 223.58
11 11 Jimmy Ma, SC of New York 11 75.28 11 147.13 222.41
12 6 Tomoki Hiwatashi, DuPage FSC 15 63.48 7 154.05 217.53
13 14 Andrew Torgashev, Panthers FSC 9 81.32 14 135.69 217.01
14 7 Sean Rabbitt, Glacier Falls FSC 13 73.22 12 141.24 214.46
15 1 Jordan Moeller, Northern Ice SC 20 55.35 15 124.86 180.21
16 3 Ben Jalovick, Centennial 7k SC 19 56.12 16 122.21 178.33
17 4 Daniel Kulenkamp, FSC of Southern California 18 60.15 17 117.80 177.95
18 9 Emmanuel Savary, University of Delaware FSC 14 64.65 18 112.48 177.13
19 8 Sebastien Payannet, Los Angeles FSC 16 61.29 20 111.60 172.89
20 2 Scott Dyer, All Year FSC 17 60.17 19 111.87 172.04
21 5 Kevin Shum, SC of Boston 21 52.04 21 111.29 163.33

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