2014 Olympic Games Men’s Short Program

Group 1

Liam Firus, CAN: 27.47 TES + 29.57 PCS -2.00 = 55.04

  • Nice triple axel in the air but a fall on the landing
  • A little down on one side on the triple lutz but hangs on to it
  • Could be lower and have more flexibility through the sit spin but good speed maintained
  • Good speed in his camel spin but traveling a bit through the sit variations
  • Triple toe + triple toe and his foot just slides out from underneath him and he falls on his side
  • With two falls and less difficult content it’s going to be hard for him to make the free skate
  • Good speed in his final spin ending in a scratch spin

Yakov Godorozha, UKR: 34.08 TES + 28.57 PCS = 62.65 and into 1st place

  • Triple axel with a step out
  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • Flying camel spin with good speed through the catch foot position and nice flexibility
  • Good triple loop with nice ride out
  • One foot section in the step sequence but not a lot of speed and power across the ice
  • Not enough stretch through his free leg in the sit spin and losing speed in the back tuck position
  • Great camel spin position with nice speed but traveling through the changes of position and ending with an upright catch foot spin
  • Overall a pretty decent program for him and some nice moments

Misha Ge, UZB: 35.64 TES + 32.43 PCS = 68.07 and into 1st place

  • Triple axel goes straight up and not a lot of distance and he has to really fight to hang on to the landing
  • Triple toe + triple toe
  • Good camel spin position with a nice catch foot but a tad bit on the slow side
  • Triple lutz
  • Good speed on the sit spin but losing it through the back tuck position
  • Lots of passion and fire in his step sequence; lots of movement but the changes of edge are not always clean
  • Interesting and unique variations in his final spin with good speed throughout

Jorik Hendrickx, BEL: 39.88 TES + 32.64 PCS = 72.52 and into 1st place

  • A little tentative going into the triple axel but nicely done and a good landing
  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Good twisted camel spin into a really nice donut position with good speed throughout
  • Triple loop with a good landing position
  • Good flow through his step sequence and push across the ice
  • He could use more stretch through his sit spin position but good speed
  • Nice camel spin with decent flexibility through the catch foot and great speed especially throughout the upright position
  • Really nice program

Michael Christian Martinez, PHI: 33.31 TES + 31.50 PCS = 64.61 and into 3rd place

  • Really good triple axel but he doesn’t have the nicest landing position
  • Good triple lutz but he under rotates and two foots the landing on the triple toe
  • Good camel spin with a nice catch foot position; interesting twisted position but he needs to point his toes to complete the line
  • Good triple loop
  • Nice step sequence with good passion and energy but he’s back on his heels in places and some of the edges are not clean
  • Losing speed through the back tuck position but otherwise a good sit spin
  • Cool hydroblade stepping right up into his final spin with a lot of flexibility in the upright catch foot and ending with  a fully extended Biellman with lots of speed
  • Shame about the one mistake on the jump as that was a very solid program with lots to like

Abzal Rakimgaliev, KAZ: 34.50 TES + 29.68 PCS = 64.18 and into 4th place

  • Triple flip turn out + triple toe and hanging on to the landing
  • Triple axel really nicely done
  • Good triple loop–nice recovery after the problems on the opening combination
  • Really slow on the camel spin and not a lot of flexibility through the catch foot
  • Suspender choreography! But they seem to be falling off at times and it’s a little bit distracting as he tries to keep them on
  • Camel spin nice band good job maintaining speed throughout the whole spin
  • Really nice low stretched out sit spin position with good speed
  • Interesting, different, entertaining program

Group 2

Evgeni Plushenko, RUS: TES + PCS = WD

  • He had a rough warmup and really struggled with the jumps.  He kept holding his back and seems to be almost in tears and is struggling to skate to center ice.
  • He withdraws.  Hate to see him go out like this.

Viktor Romanenkov, EST: 34.16 TES + 27.39 PCS = 61.55 and into 6th place

  • Triple axel and a hand down
  • Triple lutz + triple toe a little wonky in the air but lands both jumps nicely
  • Good donut position in the camel spin
  • Triple flip a bit of a weird landing but he stands up
  • Good positions in his sit spin and nice speed maintained throughout
  • A bit of a bobble in his step sequence, very slow and not a lot of flow across the ice and some of the edge changes are not clean
  • Good final spin but he needs more toe point through the sit position

Brendan Kerry, AUS: 21.87 TES + 26.25 PCS -1.00 = 47.12 and into 8th place

  • Doubled his opening triple lutz tacks on the triple toe but a little bit of a messy landing
  • Triple axel fall out and puts his hands down
  • Great camel position with nice speed and good catch foot position
  • Triple loop just doesn’t get into the ice and opens up after two rotations and two foots the landing
  • That will likely be it for his Olympics with mistakes on all the jumps
  • Good flow in the step sequence but a few edges that were not clean
  • Really nice sit position but a bit of traveling
  • Great speed in his final spin but he needs to stretch all the way through his leg in the upright catch foot position

Paul Bonifacio Parkinson, ITA: 28.91 TES + 28.39 PCS -1.00 = 56.30 and into 7th place

  • Good effort on the quad salchow but just can’t stand up on the landing
  • Popped his triple axel into a single–huge point loss
  • Good speed in his camel spin in the catch foot position
  • Triple lutz + triple toe not fully rotated and two footed
  • A bobble on his spin there but he hangs on to it
  • Fun step sequence and showing lots of personality and changes of direction but he’s very on top of his blades and not into the edges
  • Good speed in his spin with a nice low sit spin position and great speed through the upright catchfoot

Jeremy Abbott, USA: 37.21 TES + 37.37 PCS -2.00 = 72.58 and into 1st place 

  • Quad toe really bad fall onto his head into the boards and can’t seem to get up and he’s holding his hip and crying
  • Triple lutz + triple toe great recovery
  • Nice upright spin
  • Big triple axel and he hangs on to the landing
  • Great position in his sit spin with nice speed
  • Good camel spin into a nice sit spin
  • Great step sequence and he seems more committed to this program then ever and the crowd is really behind him
  • Really impressive recovery and we’ll see what happens in his scores

Zoltan Kelemen, ROU: 30.40 TES + 30.01 PCS = 60.41 and into 8th place

  • Good triple axel
  • Double flip + triple toe
  • Triple lutz fall out and has to put his hands down
  • Nice low sit spin position but losing speed through the back tuck position
  • Good camel position but traveling after the change of foot
  • Not a lot of flow in his step sequence but lots of one foot sections and changes of direction
  • Great final spin with nice low sit positions and great stretch through his free legs ending with a nice upright y spin

Group 3

Viktor Pfeifer, AUT: 25.23 TES + 31.37 PCS = 56.60 and into 9th place

  • Popped his opening lutz after a difficult entry
  • Triple salchow + triple toe very nicely done
  • Great attitude position in his camel spin but very slow
  • Easy double axel but very nicely done
  • Great speed in his sit spin with interesting variations and a nice camel position holding on to his knee ending with an interesting upright spin with his arm behind his shoulder grabbing his leg
  • Very nice choreography in his step sequence with great ease and flow to the movement; a little scratchy in places but he seems to be using his edges well
  • Good sit spin position to end the program

Javier Raya, ESP: 28.91 TES + 30.85 PCS = 59.76 and into 9th place

  • Triple axel fall out and a hand down
  • Triple toe + triple toe
  • Good sit position holding on to his foot and in a tight tuck with good speed
  • Double flip
  • Great camel position but he could use more toe point through the twisted variation and ending with a nice catch foot position
  • With this uplifting section of music I’d like to see him let go more on the step sequence and really go for it
  • Tight on the step sequence  going into his final spin with good positions and speed throughout
  • Overall a good program but it seemed like he was phoning it in a lot

Alexei Bychenko, ISR: 32.05 TES + 31.39 PCS -1.00 = 62.44 and into 7th place 

  • Big triple axel to open the program
  • Big quad toe puts a hand down and then slides onto the ice
  • Not very stretched out in his positions in the first spin but good speed
  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • Really up on his toe pick in the camel spin and almost doesn’t hang on to it
  • Very choppy in the step sequence and not into his edges but he does have a lot of energy; he seems to be skating up on his toe picks a lot
  • Great speed on his sit spin but a bit of traveling

Jason Brown, USA: 45.39 TES + 40.61 PCS = 86.00 and into 1st place

  • Spiral into a nice triple axel
  • Big triple flip + triple toe
  • Nice flying camel spin with a great catch foot feature
  • Nice low stretched out sit spin position with good speed throughout
  • Nice Tano triple lutz right on the music
  • Fabulous step sequence with great changes of direction, spins, varying heights and use of his full body; really into his edges and timed well with the music
  • Great twisted camel position into a nice low sit spin and a stretched out upright catch foot spin
  • Very solid program for him and he nailed everything

Kevin Reynolds, CAN: 33.98 TES + 36.78 PCS -2.00 = 68.76 and into 4th place

  • Quad salchow two foots the landing and falls
  • Quad toe (two footed) + triple toe
  • Triple axel falls
  • A little wild at the start of his camel spin but nice positions even if a little slow
  • Good stretched out sit position but could be lower and ending with a nice upright twisted spin
  • Lots of power across the ice in his step sequence and it fits well with his theme but it seems a bit wild and out of control and lacking some of the nuance and difficulty of the top skaters
  • Ending with a very slow scratch spin

Tomas Verner, CZE: 42.11 TES + 39.98 PCS -1.00 = 81.09 and into 2nd place

  • Quad toe almost had it but slipped off the edge on the landing and fell
  • Big triple axel–nice recovery
  • Great camel spin position into a good sit spin with a low stretched out position
  • Good triple flip + triple toe nicely timed with the music
  • I love the little nuances he adds to his program like the lasso going into the step sequence
  • Very fun step sequence, great flow across the ice and very nice into his edges; great choreography with his theme as well
  • Low sit spin picking up speed through the change of positions
  • Very good short program for him and very entertaining

Group 4

Yuzuru Hanyu, JPN: 54.84 TES + 46.61 PCS = 101.45 and into 1st place

  • Big quad toe with a clean landing
  • Good positions in his camel spin including a donut position and good speed maintained throughout
  • Great twisted sit spin position into a broken leg and again nice speed
  • Insane entry to a triple axel nicely landed
  • Triple lutz + triple toe and he makes it look so easy
  • Great step sequence with a nice hydroblade feature and great use of his edges
  • Good camel spin into a low sit spin and ending with an upright spin
  • He just threw down the gauntlet with that short program and that will be a tough standard to beat

Javier Fernandez, ESP: 43.87 TES + 43.11 PCS = 86.98 and into 2nd place

  • Quad salchow and he really struggles to hang on to the landing but succeeds
  • Triple axel a little off in the air and low on the landing
  • Upright spin won’t gain him as many points as some of the more difficult variations
  • Triple lutz + triple toe forward on the landing and hangs on
  • He needs more stretch through the sit position
  • This is a charming step sequence and I’d like to see him commit and perform it a little bit more and really rack up a few more points in the program components
  • Good speed in his final spin with some good twisted variations
  • Overall he stood up and had a good performance but he’s going to lose a lot of points with negative GOEs

Patrick Chan, CAN: 50.34 TES + 47.18 PCS = 97.52 and into 2nd place

  • Huge, gorgeous quad toe + triple toe
  • Big triple axel and a slight turn out of the landing–that will cost him the lead
  • Great camel spin positions with good speed maintained throughout
  • Great triple lutz with good distance and ride out on the landing and right on the music
  • Nice sit spin
  • A quiet, subtle step sequence but there’s so much to like about it and so many little details and just great overall quality
  • Good speed throughout his final spin
  • He’ll be right up there but that mistake on the triple axel will have him chasing Hanyu

Alexander Majorov, SWE: 45.52 TES + 38.29 PCS = 83.81 and into 5th place

  • Quad toe and he lands it
  • Good triple lutz + triple toe with nice height
  • Good camel spin and decent speed maintained throughout
  • Good triple axel if a bit low on the landing
  • A bit low on the free leg in his camel spin
  • Fun choreography in his step sequence really getting the crowd going, but not into his edges enough to move smoothly between the steps and build power and speed across the ice
  • Not low enough in his sit positions and losing speed through the back tuck position
  • Probably the best program he’s had in a long time

Florent Amodio, FRA: 35.79 TES + 39.79 PCS = 75.58 and into 7th place

  • Quad salchow tilted in the air and he can only pull off a triple
  • Doubled his axel
  • Triple lutz + triple toe with a slight hesitation between the jumps
  • Really nice twisted camel position but a little slow through the catchfoot
  • Nice step sequence with good flow and much better choreography than he’s had of late
  • Good speed through his sit spin with some nice intermediate positions as well
  • Great low stretched out sit position and good speed through the back twisted position as well
  • Not going to be enough to keep him in there with the top skaters

Brian Joubert, FRA: 45.11 TES + 40.73 PCS = 85.84 and into 5th place

  • Big quad toe + triple toe–a little wonky in the air on the 2nd jump but he hangs on
  • Triple axel hangs on to the landing
  • Good speed in his sit spin with a nice low position but losing it through the back tuck
  • Good triple lutz
  • Losing speed through his second spin but nice scratch spin to end it
  • Nice performance from him in the step sequence
  • Good camel into a nice low sit spin with good speed and some nice intermediate positions
  • That was the program he’s been looking for at the Olympics

Group 5

Michal Brezina, CZE: 42.20 TES + 39.75 PCS = 81.95 and into 7th place

  • Forward on the quad salchow landing and has to put a hand down
  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Big triple axel with a nice landing
  • Good twisted camel spin position and picking up speed after the position changes
  • Not as stretched as he could be through the free leg in the sit spin but good speed
  • Not all of his edge changes are as clean as they could be in his step sequence but he is getting good flow across the ice
  • Good speed through his final spin with good changes in position
  • Overall a pretty good program from him with a couple of jump errors

Denis Ten, KAZ: 43.49 TES + 41.57 PCS -1.00 = 84.06 and into 6th place

  • Quad toe and just slips off his edge on the landing after putting a hand down
  • Big triple axel and such a nice landing
  • Great speed on his twisted sit position and good job maintaining through the back tuck position
  • Really nice arch in his camel spin into a good donut position
  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Really scratchy at the beginning of his step sequence but much better through the middle section but he seems to be losing some momentum and is tired at the end
  • Camel with a flying change to sit spin and ending with an upright spin
  • A much better performance than he’s had considering how difficult the start to his season has been

Peter Liebers, GER: 47.26 TES + 38.78 PCS = 86.04 and into 4th place

  • Very nice quad toe + triple toe with good rotation
  • His shirt is too big for him and it rides up really high on the jumps and it makes him look like his shoulders are lifted
  • Nice triple axel
  • Interesting position variations in the sit spin with good speed
  • Good triple lutz with nice ride out on the landing
  • Upper back is down too low on the camel spin and really slow through the catch foot position
  • Good speed in his final spin but really losing it after the change of foot
  • Overall a good performance and very technically sound but I’m not sure how he’ll do with the levels on the steps and spins and the program components

Han Yan, CHN: 44.94 TES + 40.72 PCS = 85.66 and into 7th place

  • Huge distance on the triple axel with a great ride out on the landing
  • Quad toe and a fall out and he has to put a hand down
  • Upper body is really low on the camel spin
  • Good twisted sit position with decent speed
  • Triple lutz + triple toe and a little hop out on the landing
  • His choreography and packaging still seems very juniorish and he doesn’t yet perform to the audience
  • A few bobbles in the step sequence
  • Decent camel position and ending with a scratch spin
  • Those little mistakes plus the program components are going to keep him out of the top spots

Daisuke Takahashi, JPN: 41.75 TES + 44.65 PCS = 86.40 and into 4th place

  • Quad toe two footed and under-rotated
  • Triple axel nice recovery
  • Good camel spin but not enough flexibility through the catchfoot
  • Nice triple lutz + triple toe
  • Good sit spin with nice speed
  • Great choreography in the step sequence with nice changes of edges and good deep knees
  • Camel spin into a nice low sit spin and ending with an upright spin
  • One of his better short programs this season but how much will the quad cost him?

Tatsuki Machida, JPN: 40.98 TES + 42.50 PCS = 83.48 and into 11th place

  • Quad toe a little down on the landing and a slight hesitation but tacks on the double toe
  • Good triple axel
  • Nice camel spin position  on both legs
  • Good low sit spin, stretched out with nice toe point
  • Doubled the lutz
  • Such freedom in this step sequence but a bit bobbly on some of the turns and he could be into his edges even more
  • Good speed in the camel spin, through the sit position and the change of foot
  • Those two doubles are really going to cost him
 Pl. Qual. Name Nation TSS
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SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Q HANYU Yuzuru JPN 101.45 54.84 46.61 9.36 9.00 9.50 9.39 9.36 0.00 #19
2 Q CHAN Patrick CAN 97.52 50.34 47.18 9.43 9.32 9.32 9.54 9.57 0.00 #21
3 Q FERNANDEZ Javier ESP 86.98 43.87 43.11 8.54 8.39 8.61 8.75 8.82 0.00 #20
4 Q TAKAHASHI Daisuke JPN 86.40 41.75 44.65 8.86 8.61 9.04 9.00 9.14 0.00 #29
5 Q LIEBERS Peter GER 86.04 47.26 38.78 7.71 7.50 7.86 7.96 7.75 0.00 #27
6 Q BROWN Jason USA 86.00 45.39 40.61 7.96 7.82 8.18 8.29 8.36 0.00 #16
7 Q JOUBERT Brian FRA 85.84 45.11 40.73 8.18 7.61 8.54 8.11 8.29 0.00 #24
8 Q YAN Han CHN 85.66 44.94 40.72 8.43 7.79 8.11 8.14 8.25 0.00 #28
9 Q TEN Denis KAZ 84.06 43.49 41.57 8.46 7.93 8.36 8.39 8.43 1.00 #26
10 Q MAJOROV Alexander SWE 83.81 45.52 38.29 7.75 7.32 7.79 7.61 7.82 0.00 #22
11 Q MACHIDA Tatsuki JPN 83.48 40.98 42.50 8.57 8.32 8.43 8.54 8.64 0.00 #30
12 Q BREZINA Michal CZE 81.95 42.20 39.75 8.18 7.64 8.00 8.00 7.93 0.00 #25
13 Q VERNER Tomas CZE 81.09 42.11 39.98 8.04 7.68 8.04 8.04 8.18 1.00 #18
14 Q AMODIO Florent FRA 75.58 35.79 39.79 8.00 7.57 8.11 7.93 8.18 0.00 #23
15 Q ABBOTT Jeremy USA 72.58 37.21 37.37 7.86 7.18 7.18 7.61 7.54 2.00 #11
16 Q HENDRICKX Jorik BEL 72.52 39.88 32.64 6.71 6.25 6.71 6.43 6.54 0.00 #4
17 Q REYNOLDS Kevin CAN 68.76 33.98 36.78 7.46 7.07 7.29 7.32 7.64 2.00 #17
18 Q GE Misha UZB 68.07 35.64 32.43 6.18 6.18 6.64 6.54 6.89 0.00 #3
19 Q MARTINEZ Michael Christian PHI 64.81 33.31 31.50 6.21 6.04 6.46 6.36 6.43 0.00 #5
20 Q RAKIMGALIEV Abzal KAZ 64.18 34.50 29.68 5.93 5.61 6.00 6.00 6.14 0.00 #6
21 Q GODOROZHA Yakov UKR 62.65 34.08 28.57 5.75 5.64 5.75 5.75 5.68 0.00 #2
22 Q BYCHENKO Alexei ISR 62.44 32.05 31.39 6.32 6.00 6.32 6.36 6.39 1.00 #15
23 Q ROMANENKOV Viktor EST 61.55 34.16 27.39 5.68 5.07 5.61 5.57 5.46 0.00 #8
24 Q KELEMEN Zoltan ROU 60.41 30.40 30.01 6.25 5.68 6.00 6.04 6.04 0.00 #12
25 RAYA Javier ESP 59.76 28.91 30.85 6.07 5.96 6.21 6.29 6.32 0.00 #14
26 PFEIFER Viktor AUT 56.60 25.23 31.37 6.43 6.04 6.29 6.32 6.29 0.00 #13
27 PARKINSON Paul Bonifacio ITA 56.30 28.91 28.39 5.68 5.39 5.71 5.75 5.86 1.00 #10
28 FIRUS Liam CAN 55.04 27.47 29.57 6.18 5.75 5.75 5.89 6.00 2.00 #1
29 KERRY Brendan AUS 47.12 21.87 26.25 5.46 5.11 5.04 5.43 5.21 1.00 #9
WD PLYUSHCHENKO Evgeny RUS #7