Skate America Men’s Short Program

Group 1

Douglas Razzano, USA: 29.27 TES + 29.79 PCS -2.00 = 57.06

  • Knees down on the ice on his opening quad toe attempt
  • Hands down and then his leg on the triple axel
  • Nice triple toe + triple toe
  • Good low sit spin position with nice stretched out legs
  • Nice split jump right on the music change starting off his step sequence; nice expression and interpretation of the music
  • Flying camel spin into a nice catch foot position with maintained speed
  • Good speed through the twisted sit variation into a back tuck position
  • Not the skate he wanted but a very nice solid program aside from the opening jumps

Armin Mahbanoozadeh, USA: 37.41 TES + 31.86 PCS -1.00 = 68.27

  • Fall on his opening quad toe attempt
  • Nice footwork into a solid triple axel
  • Gorgeous twisted camel spin into a very nice change of foot and catch foot position
  • Triple lutz + triple toe was nicely done
  • Good speed and stretched out position in the sit spin from a twisted variation to a back tuck position
  • I really love this footwork and that he still includes a one foot section even though it’s no longer considered a feature; nicely timed with the music and gets a nice cheer from the crowd
  • Good speed in his final combination spin showing off a few interesting camel variations and ending with a scratch spin

Konstantin Menshov, RUS: 39.72 TES + 34.60 PCS -1.00 = 73.32 and into 1st place

  • Big triple axel looked to be not completely pulled in on the rotation but he landed it well
  • A lot of speed going into a quad toe + triple toe and it looked nice and easy
  • Double lutz–that will cost him some points
  • Nice camel position with a good stretched free leg but slow on the rotation
  • I’d like to see a little more variation and control in his arms in this step sequence and it doesn’t seem to coordinate with his music at all
  • Good speed in his sit spin with nice positions
  • Good variations through the combo spin but losing a bit of speed toward the end

Tatsuki Machida, JPN: 38.65 TES + 37.13 PCS = 75.78 and into 1st place

  • Solid triple axel with a nice ride out on the landing
  • Nice speed into the triple flip + triple toe
  • Great sit spin position with good speed but his free leg starts to bend more and he slows down toward the middle
  • Nice camel position
  • Triple lutz right on the music but he eked out that free leg
  • Good variety in his step sequence, a lot of energy, nice movement of the body, good timing with the music
  • Starting to travel a bit int he final combination spin and really losing speed through the catch foot camel and he ends just after his music

Alexander Majorov, SWE: 29.70 TES + 30.78 PCS = 60.48 and into 4th place

  • Nice smooth jazzy feeling at the top of the program into a triple lutz + triple toe with a slight hesitation between jumps
  • Good triple axel with a nice rid out on the landing
  • Good speed through his combination spin but a little wild and he travels significantly during the spin
  • Double flip with a wonky landing
  • Flying camel spin with good speed that he loses during the catch foot variation
  • I like a lot of things about this step sequence but he doesn’t extend through his arms and his hands are in fists for the majority of the footwork so it detracts from the full presentation of the element
Group 2

Tomas Verner, CZE: 23.94 TES + 34.845 PCS = 58.79 and into 5th place

  • Two-footed tight quad toe but he lands it standing up
  • Nice triple axel but not a lot of ride out on the landing
  • Flying sit spin with a good tuck position
  • Lovely flow and movement qualities in his transition into the final jump but he pops his lutz into a single
  • Nice camel position with open arms and a change foot into a catch foot camel position
  • Good edge work and flow across the ice in the step sequence and nice connection with the music
  • Good speed in the camel spin but really lost his centering on the flying change of position to the sit spin
  • Kind of an uneven performance for him with some great moments and some silly mistakes

Takahiko Kozuka, JPN: 45.57 TES + 39.75 PCS = 85.32 and into 1st place

  • I really like his blueish/purple shirt and it has so much movement even when he’s just skating out onto the ice
  • Hung on to the quad toe with a slight lean on the landing
  • Nice camel position with stretched position and good speed on both feet
  • Flying entry to the sit spin picking up speed throughout the spin and nice transition out of the elemement
  • Gorgeous triple axel with a nice ride out of his landing position
  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • Beautiful step sequence goes perfectly with the music and fits so seamlessly into the program that it doesn’t seem like an element; smooth edges and full body movement will get him high levels and GOEs as well
  • Nice final combination spin
  • Kozuka’s back!

Jeremy Abbott, USA: 37.81 TES + 40.90 PCS -1.00 = 77.71 and into 2nd place

  • Fall on the quad toe–couldn’t get his feet underneath him
  • Triple lutz + triple toe was really nice
  • Good camel position with nice speed and good transition out of the element
  • I like the choreography and transitions in this program a lot–it’s very different for Jeremy and different from the rest of the field; almost has a hip hop vibe
  • Low landing on the triple axel but he hung on
  • Losing a little speed in the sit spin after switching to the back tuck position
  • Great speed and positions in his final combination spin but a little bobble getting out of it

Michal Brezina, CZE: 33.93 TES + 37,33 PCS -2.00 = 62.96 and into 5th place

  • This is a lot of look–tunic with shredded sleeves and pant leg; it really draws the eye away from his skating and lines
  • Fall on a quad salchow attempt
  • Very nice triple axel
  • Excellent camel position with impressive flexibility in the catchfoot variation
  • Popped a flip, tried to add a triple toe and couldn’t get his feet underneath him and fell
  • A little slow on the ending of his sit spin
  • A little bit of flailing arms in the step sequence and the music seems to be a little too fast for his movements
  • Good final combination spin but I’m not crazy about the upright spin holding his foot across his leg

Yuzuru Hanyu, JPN: 51.71 TES + 43.36 PCS = 95.07 and into 1st place

  • This music and movement is reminiscent of Takahashi
  • Very nice quad toe to open his program right into a flying camel spin with good speed and nice flexibility through the donut position
  • Great speed and positions through the sit spin
  • One foot entry with edge changes right on the music right into a triple axel nicely landed
  • Triple lutz + triple toe and he made it look easy
  • Lots of intricate edges changes, level changes and variety of movement in his step sequence and he’s really performing and playing to the crowd
  • Nice positions in his final combination spin ending with a back scratch spin
Pl. Name Nation TSS
1 Yuzuru HANYU JPN 95.07 51.71 43.36 8.64 8.36 8.89 8.68 8.79 0.00 #10
2 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 85.32 45.57 39.75 8.04 7.71 8.14 7.93 7.93 0.00 #7
3 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 77.71 37.81 40.90 8.11 7.93 8.07 8.36 8.43 1.00 #8
4 Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN 75.78 38.65 37.13 7.39 7.25 7.46 7.46 7.57 0.00 #4
5 Konstantin MENSHOV RUS 73.32 39.72 34.60 7.11 6.64 7.07 6.96 6.82 1.00 #3
6 Michal BREZINA CZE 69.26 33.93 37.33 7.68 7.36 7.25 7.54 7.50 2.00 #9
7 Armin MAHBANOOZADEH USA 68.27 37.41 31.86 6.50 6.11 6.43 6.39 6.43 1.00 #2
8 Alexander MAJOROV SWE 60.48 29.70 30.78 6.14 5.96 6.11 6.39 6.18 0.00 #5
9 Tomas VERNER CZE 58.79 23.94 34.85 7.21 6.68 6.64 7.21 7.11 0.00 #6
10 Douglas RAZZANO USA 57.06 29.27 29.79 6.25 5.68 5.89 6.04 5.93 2.00 #1


  1. nice work