Cup of China Men’s Free Skate

Group 2
Nan Song, CHN: TES + PCS =

  • Collided with Rippon in 6 minute warmup and withdrew

Adam Rippon, USA: 61.81 TES + 71.86 PCS = 133.67 Total: 205.48 and into 1st place

  • Popped his axel into a single + double toe
  • Nice triple salchow
  • With this new haircut he looks a lot like Kent Boyd from SYTYCD
  • A little low on the landing of the triple loop but hangs on
  • I like this fun carefree program–such a departure from what he normally does and it shows a different side of his skating
  • Flying sit spin with a nice twisted position and good speed maintaining through the back donut
  • I like the little choreographic touches in his transitions
  • Triple axel and hangs on to the landing
  • Triple lutz + double toe + double loop with one arm variation on the lutz
  • Nice choreographic step sequence really playing to the crowd
  • Nice speed in his combination spin with a good layback position included
  • Step out and under-rotated Rippon lutz
  • Double axel
  • Nice spread eagle into triple flip right at the end of the program
  • If he wants to break into the top group he’ll need to get consistency on that triple axel as it is an absolute MUST in addition to quads.  He also seems to be struggling with his lutz lately which is his signature jump.

Sergei Voronov, RUS: 73.59 TES + 70.44 PCS = 144.03 Total: 217.61 and into 1st place

  • Big quad toe just slightly forward on the landing
  • Huge triple axel a little off in the air but he lands it
  • Quad toe + double toe– not a lot of transitions between those three jumps but he gained a lot of points
  • Needs more flexibility through the catchfoot position in his camel spin; not a lot of speed but maintained throughout
  • A little slow on the step sequence and he doesn’t always extend through his free leg
  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Triple flip
  • Double axel + double toe + double toe
  • Triple loop
  • Triple salchow–solid jumping day for him
  • I like the freedom in this step sequence and he seems to be connecting with the audience and his music more
  • Good speed in the camel position but his leg is slightly forward; traveling a lot after the change of foot and not a lot of flexibility in some of the positions
  • Sit spin needs more stretch in the free leg

Tatsuki Machida, JPN: 76.66 TES + 77.78 PCS -1.00 = 153.44 Total: 236.92 and into 1st place

  • Big triple axel but it looked like his free leg touched the ice on the landing
  • Fall on the quad toe
  • Triple lutz + triple toe off in the air and tight on the landing of his second jump
  • Not a lot of rotations in the sit spin and no change of position so it will be a lower level
  • A lot of movement in his step sequence with use of his full body but seems choppy in places and he’s on top of his blade instead of into his edges in places
  • Triple axel almost landed in a squat but he manages to tack on the sequence
  • Nice camel spin 
  • Triple loop
  • Triple lutz
  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Triple toe
  • He seems a little frantic in places in this choreographic step sequence and I’d like to see him have a bit more control while still having the same passion and feel for the choreography
  • Not a lot of speed in his combination spin

Daisuke Takahashi, JPN: 65.30 TES + 82.66 PCS -1.00 = 146.96 Total: 231.75 and into 2nd place

  • Two foots the quad toe but stands up
  • I hate this costume–not sure what he’s supposed to be; it looks like someone threw two costumes together
  • Two foots the quad toe + single toe
  • Huge triple axel right on the music
  • Nice positions in his spins, good centering, not a ton of speed, but maintained throughout
  • Good step sequence and I think he’s doing all he can with what he’s been given but I don’t think this program truly lets him show off his style and play to the crowd which are two of his biggest strengths
  • Nice layback spin
  • Triple lutz a little forward + double toe
  • Triple axel step out + single toe
  • Triple salchow out of steps
  • Triple loop
  • He seems to be really running out of steam and he doesn’t seem to be into this program at all; no magic at all and really lackluster
  • Triple flip
  • Now we’re getting a little something in this choreographic step sequence
  • Good speed in his final combination spin
Pl.   Name Nation TSS
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TES
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SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN 153.44 76.66   77.78 7.75 7.39 7.89 7.86 8.00 1.00 #8
2 Daisuke TAKAHASHI JPN 146.96 65.30   82.66 8.39 8.04 8.04 8.32 8.54 1.00 #9
3 Sergei VORONOV RUS 144.03 73.59   70.44 7.32 6.54 7.21 7.04 7.11 0.00 #7
4 Adam RIPPON USA 133.67 61.81   71.86 7.29 6.89 7.11 7.32 7.32 0.00 #6
5 Yi WANG CHN 131.02 68.52   63.50 6.57 6.07 6.43 6.36 6.32 1.00 #2
6 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 128.37 62.17   67.20 6.82 6.64 6.64 6.64 6.86 1.00 #4
7 Jinlin GUAN CHN 115.07 55.57   60.50 6.25 5.79 6.14 6.07 6.00 1.00 #1
WD Nan SONG CHN                     #5
WD Brian JOUBERT FRA                     #3
Pl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Tatsuki MACHIDA
JPN
236.92 2 1
2 Daisuke TAKAHASHI
JPN
231.75 1 2
3 Sergei VORONOV
RUS
217.61 3 3
4 Adam RIPPON
USA
205.48 4 4
5 Kevin REYNOLDS
CAN
198.24 6 6
6 Yi WANG
CHN
188.27 8 5
7 Jinlin GUAN
CHN
171.04 9 7