Skate America Men’s Free Skate

Group 1

Samuel Contesti, ITA: 68.32 TES + 66.36 PCS = 134.68  Total: 190.20

  • He is wearing a red and white striped shirt with suspenders and a bandana
  • Opened with a nice triple axel
  • He’s going for a comical French theme here today
  • Nice triple flip
  • Turned out of a triple lutz
  • Nice position in his camel spin but it slows a little bit after the change of foot
  • I’d like to see more stretch through the free leg in his sit spin but he has a nice low position
  • He has a very nice relaxed expression on his face and very fluid movement through his step sequence; not a lot of difficulty here but the flow is very nice
  • Triple axel+double toe was nice but a little tight on the landing
  • Triple loop was a little scratchy on the landing with some ice spray
  • Nice entrance into another axel with not a lot of prep
  • Trouble with his three jump combination ans some turns out of his salchow before the two double toes
  • Really nice sit spin with great speed in time with his music but loses speed at the end

Douglas Razzano, USA: 69.84 TES + 62.42 PCS = 132.26  Total: 192.95 and into 1st place

  • Today is his birthday.  Hope he gets a good skate as a present!
  • He is wearing a burgundy ombre shirt that transitions into black
  • He opens with a triple axel with lots of speed and height
  • Nice triple toe
  • Triple axel + double toe combination was nice, but not as much height as the first one
  • Triple lutz
  • I like all the transition work in between his jumps and how he really uses the music
  • Very nice catchfoot position in his camel spin with lots of flexibility and great speed
  • Nice speed and positions through his sit spin
  • Nice use of levels throughout his footwork sequence and he’s really getting into his knees
  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Nice spread eagle right into the triple salchow
  • Triple loop was well done
  • I would like to see a little more in his choreographic step sequence
  • Double axel + double toe +double loop was solidly landed
  • Good changes in position through his combination spin

Florent Amodio, FRA: 56.86 TES + 68.28 PCS = 125.14  Total: 187.60 and into 3rd place

  • He looks like Tigger attacked by the gay mafia
  • I wish he committed more to these movements in the beginning and really performed them rather than just doing them
  • Popped the quad salchow into a triple
  • very nice triple axel
  • His sit spin seems very slow especially with the build in the music
  • Something seems off today–he just seems to be going through the motions rather than completely selling his program like normally does
  • Very nice one foot section in his step sequence and lots of twists and turns
  • Really weird entry into his triple loop, way off in the air but he sticks the landing
  • Double axel and he lands with his upper body forward–he just looks like he’s running out of steam, lots of pauses, and finishing behind his musical cues
  • Triple toe and he has to take a pause before his second triple
  • Really nice arched camel spin
  • Triple axel and he’s off on the landing and almost puts a hand down
  • Double axel
  • Right before the choreographic step sequence you can see how he’s panting
  • Really slow in his combination spin and it seemed like he had just nothing left at the end

Armin Mahbanoozadeh, USA: 56.87 TES + 59.66 PCS -2.00 = 114.53 Total: 179.07 and into 4th place

  • He is wearing a black top with a yellow stripe across his back
  • Goes for the quad toe, didn’t get fully rotated and his legs get tied up underneath him and he falls
  • Recovers with a nice triple axel+double toe but not a lot of ride out
  • Popped open his lutz
  • Nice triple loop
  • The movements seem a little slow in his step sequence in relation to the music and there just doesn’t seem to be enough power
  • Not right in the air on his triple axel and he takes another fall
  • Nice camel spin with a beautiful donut position
  • Looks like he didn’t get a good takeoff on his triple flip and has to put a hand down
  • Spread eagle into a double salchow
  • He also seems to just be going through the motions in his choreography instead of really committing
  • Triple lutz with a hand down
  • He has some really interesting variations in his camel spins that look so nice
  • Priscilla is wearing a track suit with matching yellow stripes!

Denis Ten, KAZ: 64.38 TES + 67.22 PCS – 1.00  = 130.60 Total: 197.98 and into 1st place

  • He is wearing a red top covered in sparkles and is getting some final words of encouragement from Frank Carroll
  • Landed a quad toe to open his program
  • Followed up with a nice triple axel with good ride out
  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Very nice movement throughout his step sequence and he is putting a lot more attack and performance into it than the skaters before him
  • Very nice low position in his sit spin with good speed
  • He is using every note in the music and the program is very well choreographed
  • Double axel+double toe+double toe but not a lot of speed or height on the jumps
  • Spread eagle into a triple flip and he takes a little tumble on the landing
  • Pops open his triple lutz
  • Nice triple loop to recover
  • Very nice camel position with a great arch and a very nice entry into the donut position
  • Steps out of his next triple landing
  • A little awkward in the change of foot from the camel into the flying sit and it costs him some of his speed
Group 2

Richard Dornbush, USA: 64.44 TES + 68.80 PCS -1.00 = 132.24 Total 202.27 and into 1st place

  • He is wearing a black cowboy ourtfit for his spaghetti western free skate
  • He really hangs on to that quad toe landing!  He is so low but he keeps his free leg up
  • Nice triple lutz
  • Two footed on his triple axel landing and he puts a hand down
  • Nice choreography through his step sequence but I’d love to see him really sell it more and put a little more power into it
  • Great position and speed in his camel spin with a nice transition to the sit position
  • He has such nice edge quality and a great flow to his skating
  • Pops open his second triple axel
  • Really tough entrance to a triple jump from a crossed over lunge position
  • Triple lutz +triple toe combination was really nicely done
  • He is so good with his music and really makes sure to hit every nuance
  • Pops open another triple
  • This choreographic step sequence has a lot of potential but just looks like he doesn’t have enough energy to really sell it
  • A fall on his triple loop into a plank position
  • Nice positions in his final combo spin

Kevin van der Perren, BEL: 74.61 TES + 67.78 PCS = 142.39 Total: 212.48 and into 1st place

  • He is wearing a black costume with white and gold sparkle designs
  • According to the announcers he will be retiring after Europeans
  • Very nice quad toe with such a solid landing
  • Steps out of the landing of his triple axel
  • Nice triple jump
  • Great low position in his sit spin
  • This step sequence is well timed with the music but seems a little slow and is missing some of the body movement and ease of flow of some of the other skaters
  • Triple salchow +triple toe+triple toe combination was very impressive!
  • Double flip
  • Double lutz+double toe
  • I love how he’s really selling this choreographic step sequence
  • Nice triple loop
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • He could use a little more stretch through the free leg in his camel spin and he loses a lot of speed as he changes foot into the catch foot position
  • Really slow on his final spin and he almost slows to a stop

Daisuke Murakami, JPN: 57.35 TES + 66.30 PCS -1.00 = 122.65  Total: 193.32 and into 4th place

  • He is wearing a black costume with lots of gold detail work
  • Triple lutz+double toe
  • Great entrance into his triple axel with nice height and a great landing
  • Fall on his quad salchow
  • He’s really showing off a lot of edges and turns in this step sequence with good speed
  • Nice camel spin, but I wish he didn’t have to drop his leg to get into the catchfoot position
  • Triple axel but he doesn’t add the combo on to it
  • A little tight on the landing of his next triple
  • Really tight on the next landing and very close to the boards
  • Triple salchow was nicely done
  • He could use more stretch through the free leg in his sit spin
  • Very nice triple salchow from a tough entry
  • Nice choreographic step sequence

Takahiko Kozuka, JPN: 68.54 TES + 74.86 PCS  -1.00 = 141.40 Total: 212.09 and into 2nd place

  • He is wearing a white and black top with a split in the back revealing a red patch
  • I really think his expression and flow have improved this season; he is a really beautiful skater to watch
  • Feet got caught on his quad toe and he falls
  • Nice high triple axel
  • Fall on his next triple
  • Really beautiful camel spin with great speed
  • Great timing with the music on his step sequence and it doesn’t look choppy like some of the others; all the elements flow together really well
  • Forward on the landing of his triple axel but he hangs on and adds a double toe
  • Very nice low sit spin position with good speed
  • Nice triple
  • Triple loop but not a lot of height
  • Triple salchow
  • Not a lot of speed out of his triple+double toe
  • Really expressive choreographic step sequence and he uses his arms very nicely
  • Beautiful camel spin with a nice arched position

Michal Brezina, CZE: 64.50 TES + 73.42 PCS -1.00 = 136.92 Total 216.00 and into 1st place

  • An interesting costume choice, red and black and white and an orange tie
  • Very nice triple axel to open his program
  • Triple flip + triple toe combination
  • Double salchow
  • Not enough stretch through his free leg in the sit spin
  • Very nice step sequence with a lot of difficulty and use of his upper body plus well timed with the music but it starts to lose some of its spark in the middle
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Very nice triple with a solid landing
  • Pops open his loop into a single
  • Falls on his triple lutz
  • Pops open his double axel
  • His position is a little high in his sit spin and the it’s really slow through the camel position
  • He could give so much more through the choreographic step sequence and it could be a real crowd pleaser

Pl. Name Nation TSS
1 Kevin VAN DER PERREN BEL 142.39 74.61 67.78 6.89 6.39 6.89 6.86 6.86 0.00 #7
2 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 141.40 68.54 74.86 7.82 7.29 7.21 7.57 7.54 2.00 #9
3 Michal BREZINA CZE 136.92 64.50 73.42 7.46 7.21 7.18 7.54 7.32 1.00 #10
4 Samuel CONTESTI ITA 134.68 68.32 66.36 6.50 6.25 6.68 6.68 7.07 0.00 #1
5 Douglas RAZZANO USA 132.26 69.84 62.42 6.36 5.96 6.43 6.21 6.25 0.00 #2
6 Richard DORNBUSH USA 132.24 64.44 68.80 6.86 6.68 6.86 7.00 7.00 1.00 #6
7 Denis TEN KAZ 130.60 64.38 67.22 6.93 6.50 6.79 6.64 6.75 1.00 #5
8 Florent AMODIO FRA 125.14 56.86 68.28 6.89 6.43 6.75 7.00 7.07 0.00 #3
9 Daisuke MURAKAMI JPN 122.65 57.35 66.30 7.00 6.43 6.61 6.61 6.50 1.00 #8
10 Armin MAHBANOOZADEH USA 114.53 56.87 59.66 6.11 5.82 5.86 6.04 6.00 2.00 #4

Pl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Michal BREZINA
216.00 1 3
212.48 4 1
3 Takahiko KOZUKA
212.09 2 2
4 Richard DORNBUSH
202.27 5 6
5 Denis TEN
197.98 6 7
6 Daisuke MURAKAMI
193.32 3 9
7 Douglas RAZZANO
192.95 9 5
190.20 10 4
9 Florent AMODIO
187.60 8 8
179.07 7 10