2014 Skate America Men’s Short Program

Group 1

Douglas Razzano, USA: 36.91 TES + 31.32 PCS -2.00 = 66.23 and into 1st place

  • Quad toe and he just sits down on the landing and isn’t able to hang on
  • Nice camel spin position into a good catch foot position picking up speed in the rotation
  • Nice change of edges and quality of movement in his step sequence with a lot of interesting content; he could commit to the steps more and be down into his knees
  • Triple axel was wonky in the air and he falls on the landing
  • Triple toe + triple toe was really nice
  • Good twisted sit position with nice speed through the change of foot
  • Nice twisted camel spin into a stretched out sit spin and ending with an upright spin
  • His spins are definitely a highlight with good flexibility and speed

Artur Gachinski, RUS: 41.73 TES + 35.98 PCS -2.00 = 75.71 and into 1st place

  • Quad toe was really off in the air and he took a hard fall into the boards
  • Triple lutz + triple toe a little tight and forward on the landing but he hung on to it
  • Good opening position on his camel spin but he drops his back and loses the nice line
  • Triple axel a little down on his side on the landing but hangs on
  • Good camel twisted position into a nice sit position
  • Interesting choreography on the step sequence but it doesn’t seem to fit the music and he doesn’t have enough speed or flow
  • Good sit spin positions but losing speed through the changes

Alexei Bychenko, ISR: 33.04 TES + 31.50 PCS = 64.54 and into 3rd place

  • Really nice triple axel with good speed in and out
  • Quad toe and steps out of it but stands up
  • Decent camel spin position into a sit spin with a change of foot
  • He telegraphs a lot of his jumps and doesn’t quite have the in betweens yet
  • Triple flip turnout double toe
  • Another ok camel spin into a twisted layback position
  • He doesn’t have any expression while skating and could do more to sell this program
  • He’s very bouncy and on top of his edges in this step sequence
  • Sit spin could be lower; really bobbles the flying change
  • A lot of really solid jumps but there’s a lot of things that need polish and he’ll get that over time

Jorik Hendrickx, BEL: 26.42 TES + 31.57 PCS -2.00 = 55.99 and into 4th place

  • A little bobble in his opening choreography
  • Triple axel hesitated going into it and didn’t get enough height and fell
  • Double lutz + triple toe and a fall–the whole thing was off and he didn’t get a deep enough edge on the lutz takeoff
  • Really nice donut spin position
  • Triple loop step out
  • Slow in his tucked spin position and he needs to stretch his leg and point his toe in the classic spin position
  • Not really into his edges in the step sequence and not a lot of use of his upper body to take him off balance and get the higher levels
  • Slow final spin with an interesting contortionist arm position

Nam Nguyen, CAN: 39.71 TES + 34.00 PCS = 73.71 and into 2nd place

  • Nice opening triple axel
  • Good position in his camel spin with a nice twisted variation into a good catch spin but really losing speed
  • Nice playful feeling in the step sequence with good facial expressions; great full use of his upper body and timing with the music
  • Triple lutz + triple toe–second jump was tiny but he pulls it off
  • Triple flip was also tiny but he has a clean program
  • Nice stretch in his sit position but he’s losing his centering slightly
  • Flying sit spin but he needs a straighter leg and a pointed toe
  • Really solid program in his senior debut

Adian Pitkeev, RUS: 43.38 TES + 32.75 PCS = 76.13 and into 1st place

  • Huge quad toe and he steps out of the landing
  • He needs a lot more stretch through his free leg in his sit spin and losing speed
  • He’s looking down at the ice a lot and doesn’t have a lot of performance but that will come with experience and maturity
  • On top of his edges and bouncy in his step sequence but nice use of his full body; slow and not enough power
  • Good triple axel and he really stretches out the landing
  • Nice triple lutz + triple toe
  • Slow entrance to his camel spin with an ugly illusion variation
  • Flying camel and it takes a while to get his leg up but nice flexibility through his two catch foot positions


Group 2

Chafik Besseghier, FRA: 39.36 TES + 34.21 PCS = 73.57 and into 4th place

  • Quad toe + triple toe and he really fought for the landing
  • Triple axel
  • Hands down on the triple lutz
  • Fun hip hop moves added in to his choreography including a coffee grinder
  • Really slow spins
  • Interesting choice of music and it almost seems too slow in places and doesn’t really do much to get the audience involved and built some excitement

Michael Christian Martinez, PHI: 38.38 TES + 35.43 PCS -1.00 = 72.81 and into 5th place

  • Triple axel and he just sits down on the landing
  • Triple lutz + triple toe a little off in the air on the 2nd jump but hangs on
  • Great flexibility and nice speed in his Biellman; one of the best illusion spins I’ve seen
  • Good camel spin into a catch spin picking up speed and nice spins after his change of foot
  • Triple loop nicely done
  • Great height and suspension in his death drop
  • Nice attack and flow in the step sequence with great content and quality of movement and it’s nice to see some performance from him as well

Jeremy Abbott, USA: 40.30 TES + 41.52 PCS = 81.82 and into 1st place

  • Triple flip + triple toe nicely done
  • Really nice triple lutz
  • Nice layback upright spin with good arm position
  • Triple axel turnout but keeps his leg up
  • Great speed in his camel spin into sit spin
  • Nice speed and flow in his step sequence with good quality of movement and timing with the music
  • Great entry to his sit spin with a nice straight position
  • I thought that lyrics would really suit Jeremy since he has such emotional programs and his exhibition programs are great but this just doesn’t seem to have the same effect of some of his other programs without lyrics.  I think it had a lot to do with the way the music came across playing in a large arena.

Jason Brown, USA: 39.94 TES + 40.81 PCS -1.00 = 79.75 and into 2nd place

  • Fall on his opening spiral into triple axel
  • Effortless triple flip + triple toe
  • Gorgeous sit spin position with a nice illusion change of edge into a twisted position
  • Really interesting choreographic moments in his step sequence but a little slow in places and not quite getting a full push across the ice
  • After last season’s Prince routine this seems almost a bit juniorish and I normally LOVE Rohene Ward’s work
  • Great split entry into a Tano Triple lutz
  • Great speed in his camel spin stepping right into a nice sit spin with good speed through all his position changes
  • Everything he does has such great quality and he accentuates every note of his music

Denis Ten, KAZ: 37.90 TES + 40.28 PCS -1.00 = 77.18 and into 3rd place

  • Quad toe with a hard fall–his feet just slid out from underneath him
  • Triple axel with a step out
  • Traveling a bit on the entry to his camel spin into a broken leg variation
  • Triple lutz + triple toe and fights for the landing on the 2nd jump
  • Really slow after the position change on the sit spin
  • Nice camel position into a sit spin and change foot but traveling on the sit spin
  • Nice deep edges and I like all the work with his free leg at an angle on the ice at the beginning; good big pattern making full use of the ice surface
  • I’m not sure if the lyrics did much for this program and made his elements seem choreographically off

Tatsuki Machida, JPN: 49.65 TES + 43.74 PCS = 93.39 and into 1st place

  • Big quad toe + triple toe
  • Great choreography into his triple axel with a solid landing
  • Great camel position with a nice change of foot into a twisted variation
  • Flying sit spin with decent stretch in his free leg
  • Great choreography in his step sequence but I’d like to see him look up and connect with the audience more
  • I absolutely love the full turn in the air with his leg in front of him
  • Triple flip
  • Nice speed in his closing spin
  • Really superb program and everything was done well
Pl. Name Nation TSS
1 Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN 93.39 49.65 43.74 8.71 8.64 8.89 8.68 8.82 0.00 #12
2 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 81.82 40.30 41.52 8.25 7.96 8.21 8.46 8.64 0.00 #9
3 Jason BROWN USA 79.75 39.94 40.81 7.96 8.00 8.14 8.32 8.39 1.00 #10
4 Denis TEN KAZ 77.18 37.90 40.28 8.25 7.93 7.75 8.21 8.14 1.00 #11
5 Adian PITKEEV RUS 76.13 43.38 32.75 6.93 6.18 6.71 6.54 6.39 0.00 #6
6 Artur GACHINSKI RUS 75.71 41.73 35.98 7.36 6.86 7.18 7.29 7.29 2.00 #2
7 Nam NGUYEN CAN 73.71 39.71 34.00 6.57 6.54 6.96 6.93 7.00 0.00 #5
8 Chafik BESSEGHIER FRA 73.57 39.36 34.21 6.82 6.50 6.89 6.96 7.04 0.00 #7
9 Michael Christian MARTINEZ PHI 72.81 38.38 35.43 7.00 6.86 7.36 7.07 7.14 1.00 #8
10 Douglas RAZZANO USA 66.23 36.91 31.32 6.43 5.89 6.18 6.43 6.39 2.00 #1
11 Alexei BYCHENKO ISR 64.54 33.04 31.50 6.32 6.00 6.43 6.29 6.46 0.00 #3
12 Jorik HENDRICKX BEL 55.99 26.42 31.57 6.46 6.11 6.25 6.32 6.43 2.00 #4