2017 Skate Canada Men’s Results

Short Program

  Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Shoma UNO JPN 103.62 57.12 46.50 9.29 9.14 9.46 9.32 9.29 0.00 #12
2 Patrick CHAN CAN 94.43 48.01 46.42 9.39 9.18 9.14 9.32 9.39 0.00 #11
3 Jason BROWN USA 90.71 45.64 45.07 8.79 8.96 9.11 9.00 9.21 0.00 #10
4 Alexander SAMARIN RUS 84.02 46.40 37.62 7.79 7.18 7.61 7.50 7.54 0.00 #9
5 Keegan MESSING CAN 82.17 45.75 37.42 7.68 7.32 7.39 7.46 7.57 1.00 #1
6 Jorik HENDRICKX BEL 82.08 41.89 40.19 7.93 7.82 8.04 8.11 8.29 0.00 #8
7 Michal BREZINA CZE 80.34 42.09 38.25 7.79 7.25 7.68 7.71 7.82 0.00 #7
8 Takahito MURA JPN 74.82 38.35 36.47 7.54 7.04 7.25 7.32 7.32 0.00 #6
9 Nicolas NADEAU CAN 74.23 38.48 36.75 7.39 7.11 7.36 7.46 7.43 1.00 #2
10 Paul FENTZ GER 68.48 34.91 34.57 7.00 6.82 6.75 7.07 6.93 1.00 #3
11 Jun Hwan CHA KOR 68.46 31.78 36.68 7.43 7.18 7.39 7.36 7.32 0.00 #4
12 Brendan KERRY AUS 63.19 31.20 33.99 6.96 6.71 6.57 6.93 6.82 2.00 #5

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Shoma UNO JPN 197.48 106.32 91.16 9.29 8.89 9.04 9.11 9.25 0.00 #10
2 Jason BROWN USA 170.43 80.77 90.66 8.86 9.04 9.04 9.07 9.32 1.00 #12
3 Alexander SAMARIN RUS 166.04 87.68 78.36 8.04 7.54 8.14 7.71 7.75 0.00 #8
4 Michal BREZINA CZE 156.70 79.62 77.08 7.79 7.43 7.75 7.64 7.93 0.00 #5
5 Jorik HENDRICKX BEL 155.23 75.23 80.00 8.00 7.79 8.04 7.96 8.21 0.00 #7
6 Nicolas NADEAU CAN 155.20 77.56 77.64 7.75 7.46 8.04 7.68 7.89 0.00 #4
7 Patrick CHAN CAN 151.27 61.41 90.86 9.25 9.18 8.71 9.11 9.18 1.00 #11
8 Jun Hwan CHA KOR 141.86 72.14 70.72 7.21 6.86 7.18 7.04 7.07 1.00 #3
9 Brendan KERRY AUS 138.37 71.23 67.14 7.04 6.39 6.75 6.68 6.71 0.00 #1
10 Keegan MESSING CAN 135.58 59.16 78.42 7.79 7.68 7.57 7.96 8.21 2.00 #9
11 Paul FENTZ GER 133.12 65.54 68.58 7.04 6.64 6.89 6.86 6.86 1.00 #2
12 Takahito MURA JPN 111.84 40.14 71.70 7.46 7.07 6.86 7.25 7.21 0.00 #6

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Shoma UNO
JPN
301.10 1 1
2 Jason BROWN
USA
261.14 3 2
3 Alexander SAMARIN
RUS
250.06 4 3
4 Patrick CHAN
CAN
245.70 2 7
5 Jorik HENDRICKX
BEL
237.31 6 5
6 Michal BREZINA
CZE
237.04 7 4
7 Nicolas NADEAU
CAN
229.43 9 6
8 Keegan MESSING
CAN
217.75 5 10
9 Jun Hwan CHA
KOR
210.32 11 8
10 Paul FENTZ
GER
201.60 10 11
11 Brendan KERRY
AUS
201.56 12 9
12 Takahito MURA
JPN
186.66 8 12

2016 Cup of China Men’s Preview

Javier Fernandez and Shoma Uno have already taken two of the six spots in the Grand Prix Final.  There are still six men that have a shot of qualifying for the Final here.

Patrick Chan won the gold medal at Skate Canada ahead of Yuzuru Hanyu.  His free skate started with a quad toe + triple toe combination that earned +3 GOEs and netted a whopping 17 points.  He fell on a quad salchow and doubled two jumps at the end of his program at that event as well.  He needs a gold, silver, bronze or 4th place finish to secure a spot in the Final.  He has the 4th best short program, 7th best free skate and 6th best total scores.

Sergei Voronov finished 4th at Skate America.  His free skate doesn’t have anything spectacular on the technical side and he only has one quad, but he receives positive GOEs on almost all of his elements.  At Skate America he earned 11 points in the free skate from GOE alone and only received negative GOEs on a triple flip that received an edge call.  He can qualify with a gold medal.

Michal Brezina finished 4th at Skate Canada.  His free skate at that event got stronger as the program went on.  He stood up on the quad salchow but it was under-rotated and he had his three jump combination downgraded.  The back half of the program was executed well with positive GOEs on all the elements.  He can qualify with a gold medal.

Boyang Jin came into Skate America as a favorite after winning a World medal in his first senior season.  He is the first man to land a quad lutz + triple toe and does them with ease.  However, he finished a disappointing 5th at that event.  He has four quads planned in his free skate, including two in the bonus.  He also has a very difficult triple axel + half loop + triple salchow combination.  Even more impressive is the work he has put into improving his component scores in the offseason.  He still has a lot of work to do in this area, but putting out cleaner programs will help bring these scores up as well.  He needs a gold medal to give himself a shot at the Final.  He has the 8th best free skate score.

Daniel Samohin and Max Aaron both also need a gold medal to give themselves a chance to make the Final after finishing 5th at their first events.  Aaron has won a gold medal on the Grand Prix before but he doesn’t have the technical arsenal of Jin or the performance quality of Chan so they will be a tall order to try and surpass.

Maxim Kovtun cannot qualify for the Final but he could be a bit of a spoiler here.  He finished 7th at Skate America, but had a much better outing at the Finlandia Trophy earlier this season.  His free skate includes a quad salchow and a quad toe in addition to the difficult triple axel + half loop + triple salchow combination.  He has the 8th best short program score.

The top short program score of the season is 98.59 with the top 10 scoring above 86 points.  The best free skate score is 201.43 with the top 10 scoring above 170.  The best total score is 292.98 with the top 10 scoring above 252.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Patrick Chan

Silver: Boyang Jin

Bronze: Sergei Voronov

 

Bios of the competitors:

Patrick Chan, CAN: He finished 5th at Worlds and is the reigning Four Continents Champion.  He won gold at Skate Canada.  He is the 2014 Olympic Silver Medalist; 2011, 2012 and 2013 World Champion; 2009 and 2010 World silver medalist; 2009 and 2012 Four Continents Champion and 2007 World Junior silver medalist.  His personal best is 295.27.  He is 25 years old.

Boyang Jin, CHN: He is the reigning World Bronze Medalist and Four Continents Silver Medalist.  He placed 5th at Skate America.  He is the 2015 World Junior Silver Medalist.  His personal best is 289.83.  He is 19 years old.

Han Yan, CHN: He finished 26th at Worlds and is the reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  He placed 10th at Skate Canada.  He is the 2013 and 2015 Four Continents Bronze Medalist and 2012 World Junior Champion.  His personal best is 271.55.  He is 20 years old.

Michal Brezina, CZE: He placed 9th at Worlds and 10th at Europeans.   He placed 4th at Skate Canada.  He is the 2013 European Bronze Medalist and 2009 World Junior Silver Medalist.  His personal best is 243.52.  He is 26 years old.

Daniel Samohin, ISR: He placed 7th at Europeans and is the reigning World Junior Champion.  He placed 5th at Skate Canada.  His personal best is 236.65.  He is 18 years old.

Daisuke Murakami, JPN: He won bronze at Skate Canada and bronze at Trophee Eric Bompard last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where he placed 6th.  His personal best is 256.47.  He is 25 years old.

Maxim Kovtun, RUS: He placed 18th at Worlds and is the reigning European Bronze Medalist.  He placed 7th at Skate America.  He is the 2015 European Silver Medalist.  His personal best is 247.37.  He is 21 years old.

Alexander Petrov, RUS: He finished 8th at Europeans.  He placed 7th at Skate Canada.  His personal best is 232.21.  He is 17 years old.

Sergei Voronov, RUS: He placed 4th at Skate America.  He is the 2014 European Silver Medalist and 2015 European Bronze Medalist.  His personal best is 252.55.  He is 29 years old.

Max Aaron, USA: He placed 8th at Worlds and 7th at Four Continents.  He placed 5th at Rostelecom Cup.  His personal best is 258.95.  He is 24 years old.

Ross Miner, USA: He finished 14th at Four Continents.  He placed 12th at Skate Canada.  He is the 2012 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  His personal best is 248.92.  He is 25 years old.

2016 Skate Canada Men’s Free Skate Results

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Yuzuru HANYU JPN 183.41 96.29 88.12 8.96 8.64 8.64 8.93 8.89 1.00 #8
2 Patrick CHAN CAN 176.39 86.27 91.12 9.21 9.00 8.96 9.18 9.21 1.00 #11
3 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 164.49 87.07 78.42 7.82 7.50 8.07 7.86 7.96 1.00 #10
4 Michal BREZINA CZE 157.06 77.44 80.62 8.14 7.71 8.21 8.11 8.14 1.00 #5
5 Misha GE UZB 153.77 73.91 79.86 7.75 7.50 8.21 8.18 8.29 0.00 #4
6 Alexander PETROV RUS 152.89 77.51 75.38 7.61 7.25 7.68 7.54 7.61 0.00 #6
7 Daniel SAMOHIN ISR 151.91 75.93 76.98 7.68 7.32 7.89 7.64 7.96 1.00 #9
8 Grant HOCHSTEIN USA 144.49 68.57 76.92 7.54 7.64 7.64 7.82 7.82 1.00 #3
9 Takahito MURA JPN 140.89 62.71 78.18 8.21 7.39 7.82 7.71 7.96 0.00 #12
10 Liam FIRUS CAN 140.80 68.50 73.30 7.57 7.04 7.32 7.29 7.43 1.00 #1
11 Han YAN CHN 136.25 62.61 74.64 7.93 7.39 7.18 7.43 7.39 1.00 #7
12 Ross MINER USA 132.61 59.47 74.14 7.57 7.21 7.29 7.54 7.46 1.00 #2

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Patrick CHAN
CAN
266.95 1 2
2 Yuzuru HANYU
JPN
263.06 4 1
3 Kevin REYNOLDS
CAN
245.06 3 3
4 Michal BREZINA
CZE
227.42 9 4
5 Daniel SAMOHIN
ISR
226.53 5 7
6 Misha GE
UZB
226.07 7 5
7 Alexander PETROV
RUS
224.39 8 6
8 Takahito MURA
JPN
222.13 2 9
9 Liam FIRUS
CAN
210.89 10 10
10 Han YAN
CHN
209.11 6 11
11 Grant HOCHSTEIN
USA
204.69 12 8
12 Ross MINER
USA
196.53 11 12

2016 Skate Canada Men’s Free Skate Results

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Yuzuru HANYU JPN 183.41 96.29 88.12 8.96 8.64 8.64 8.93 8.89 1.00 #8
2 Patrick CHAN CAN 176.39 86.27 91.12 9.21 9.00 8.96 9.18 9.21 1.00 #11
3 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 164.49 87.07 78.42 7.82 7.50 8.07 7.86 7.96 1.00 #10
4 Michal BREZINA CZE 157.06 77.44 80.62 8.14 7.71 8.21 8.11 8.14 1.00 #5
5 Misha GE UZB 153.77 73.91 79.86 7.75 7.50 8.21 8.18 8.29 0.00 #4
6 Alexander PETROV RUS 152.89 77.51 75.38 7.61 7.25 7.68 7.54 7.61 0.00 #6
7 Daniel SAMOHIN ISR 151.91 75.93 76.98 7.68 7.32 7.89 7.64 7.96 1.00 #9
8 Grant HOCHSTEIN USA 144.49 68.57 76.92 7.54 7.64 7.64 7.82 7.82 1.00 #3
9 Takahito MURA JPN 140.89 62.71 78.18 8.21 7.39 7.82 7.71 7.96 0.00 #12
10 Liam FIRUS CAN 140.80 68.50 73.30 7.57 7.04 7.32 7.29 7.43 1.00 #1
11 Han YAN CHN 136.25 62.61 74.64 7.93 7.39 7.18 7.43 7.39 1.00 #7
12 Ross MINER USA 132.61 59.47 74.14 7.57 7.21 7.29 7.54 7.46 1.00 #2

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Patrick CHAN
CAN
266.95 1 2
2 Yuzuru HANYU
JPN
263.06 4 1
3 Kevin REYNOLDS
CAN
245.06 3 3
4 Michal BREZINA
CZE
227.42 9 4
5 Daniel SAMOHIN
ISR
226.53 5 7
6 Misha GE
UZB
226.07 7 5
7 Alexander PETROV
RUS
224.39 8 6
8 Takahito MURA
JPN
222.13 2 9
9 Liam FIRUS
CAN
210.89 10 10
10 Han YAN
CHN
209.11 6 11
11 Grant HOCHSTEIN
USA
204.69 12 8
12 Ross MINER
USA
196.53 11 12

Skate Canada Men’s Preview

Patrick Chan is making his return to competition after taking the entire last season off.  And unlike many of the other men at this competition, he hasn’t competed yet this season.  He was the uncontested favorite going in to the 2014 Olympics but a rough season left him with the silver medal.  He skipped Worlds and took a season off to decide if he wanted to continue competing or retire.  His artistry is unparalleled and he has gorgeous quads but he often made small errors like falling on foot work.  He has the top free skate and total scores ever recorded under IJS.

Yuzuru Hanyu beat out Chan for the gold medal at the 2014 Games.  He struggled at the beginning of the season, including not medaling at one of his Grand Prix events but he rebounded by winning the Grand Prix Final.  He narrowly missed out on defending his World title last season.  He has a lot of the same qualities as Patrick Chan with the addition of impressive flexibility.  He has the top short program score ever recorded under IJS.

Nam Nguyen trains alongside Hanyu and had an impressive full senior season.  He won a bronze medal in his first Grand Prix assignment and finished 5th at Worlds.   At only 17 years old he has a bright future ahead of him and still has lots of room to grow and add to his jumping repertoire.  He started off his season with a silver medal at the Skate Canada Autumn Classic where he finished behind Hanyu.

Daisuke Murakami surprised everyone by winning a gold medal at NHK Trophy last season, his first Grand Prix assignment since 2011.  He couldn’t hold on to that momentum, however, and finished 7th at Japanese nationals and placed 4th at Four Continents.

Michal Brezina has been very hot and cold the past few seasons.  He won a bronze medal at Rostelecom Cup but finished a distant 15th at Worlds, 60 points out of first place.  His performances last season were his worst ever at a World Championships and his worst Europeans since 2011.  He also had his worst ever finish on the Grand Prix at Skate Canada last year.  He has the capability to land on the podium but it will depend on which Brezina shows up to compete.  He has a lot of performances under his belt already this season, winning silver at Lombardia Trophy, placing 6th at Nebelhorn Trophy, 5th at Finlandia Trophy and 4th at Cup of Nice.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Yuzuru Hanyu

Silver: Patrick Chan

Bronze: Nam Nguyen

 

Bios of the competitors:

Patrick Chan, CAN: He is the 2014 Olympic Silver Medalist; 2011, 2012 and 2013 World Champion; 2009 and 2010 World silver medalist; 2009 and 2012 Four Continents Champion and 2007 World Junior silver medalist.  His personal best is 295.27.  He is 24 years old.

Keegan Messing, CAN: This is his Grand Prix debut.  His personal best is 197.03.  He is 23 years old.

Nam Nguyen, CAN: He placed 5th at Worlds and 11th at Four Continents.  He won bronze at Skate America and placed 4th at Cup of China.  He is the 2014 World Junior Champion.  His personal best is 242.59.  He is 17 years old.

Michal Brezina, CZE: He placed 15th at Worlds and 5th at Europeans.   He placed 7th at Skate Canada and won bronze at Rostelecom last season.  He is the 2013 European Bronze Medalist and 2009 World Junior Silver Medalist.  His personal best is 243.52.  He is 25 years old.

Yuzuru Hanyu, JPN: He is the reigning World Silver Medalist.  He won silver at Cup of China and placed 4th at NHK Trophy last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where he won gold.  He is the 2014 Olympic Champion, 2014 World Champion, 2012 World Bronze Medalist, 2011 and 2013 Four Continents Silver Medalist and 2010 World Junior Champion.  His personal best is 293.25.  He is 20 years old.

Sei Kawahara, JPN: He won bronze at JGP Czech Republic and placed 5th at JGP Germany last season.  This is his Grand Prix debut.  His personal best is 189.50.  He is 19 years old.

Daisuke Murakami, JPN: He placed 4th at Four Continents.  He won gold at NHK Trophy last season.  His personal best is 256.47.  He is 24 years old.

Jin Seo Kim, KOR: He finished 15th at Four Continents and 9th at Junior Worlds.  He placed 9th at Cup of China and 9th at NHK Trophy last season.  His personal best is 207.34.  He is 18 years old.

June Hyoung Lee, KOR: He placed 19th at Worlds and 18th at Four Continents.  He won gold at JGP France and bronze at JGP Croatia last season to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where he placed 6th.  This is his Grand Prix debut.  His personal best is 203.92.  He is 19 years old.

Alexander Petrov, RUS: He placed 6th at Junior Worlds.  He won silver at JGP Slovenia and gold at JGP Estonia last season to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where he won bronze.  This is his Grand Prix debut.  His personal best is 231.53.  He is 16 years old.

Timothy Dolensky, USA: This is his Grand Prix debut.  His personal best is 210.55.  He is 23 years old.

Adam Rippon, USA: He placed 8th at Worlds and 10th at Four Continents.  He placed 10th at Skate Canada and 5th at Trophee Eric Bompard last season.  He is the 2010 Four Continents Champion and 2008 and 2009 World Junior Champion.  His personal best is 241.24.  He is 25 years old.

Hellmut Seibt Memorial Senior Men’s Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CH IN Deduction
StN.
1 Philip HARRIS GBR 70.51 39.71 30.80 6.10 5.75 6.45 6.20 6.30 0.00 #6
2 Michal BREZINA CZE 70.48 33.48 37.00 7.60 6.95 7.40 7.55 7.50 0.00 #12
3 Alexander MAJOROV SWE 67.20 32.70 34.50 7.15 6.60 6.80 7.00 6.95 0.00 #11
4 Petr COUFAL CZE 63.24 33.04 30.20 6.20 5.85 6.15 6.10 5.90 0.00 #14
5 Javier RAYA ESP 63.05 32.05 32.00 6.50 6.10 6.30 6.50 6.60 1.00 #8
6 Harry MATTICK GBR 58.87 28.82 30.05 6.00 5.85 6.10 5.95 6.15 0.00 #9
7 Matteo RIZZO ITA 54.14 27.04 28.10 5.60 5.35 5.65 5.80 5.70 1.00 #10
8 Maurizio ZANDRON ITA 54.06 26.11 28.95 5.80 5.55 5.80 5.90 5.90 1.00 #13
9 CHIH-I TSAO TPE 53.89 25.14 28.75 6.00 5.55 5.80 5.75 5.65 0.00 #5
10 Aliaksei MIALIOKHIN BLR 52.59 25.54 28.05 5.80 5.40 5.55 5.80 5.50 1.00 #4
11 Manuel KOLL AUT 52.10 25.95 26.15 5.20 4.85 5.35 5.40 5.35 0.00 #1
12 Alexander BJELDE GER 51.36 25.96 27.40 5.60 5.15 5.40 5.55 5.70 2.00 #7
13 Stephane WALKER SUI 51.13 23.58 27.55 5.60 5.25 5.40 5.70 5.60 0.00 #2
14 Albert MÜCK AUT 45.52 23.42 24.10 5.05 4.60 4.60 4.85 5.00 2.00 #3

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Deduction
StN.
1 Michal BREZINA CZE 159.97 81.67 78.30 8.00 7.45 7.80 7.85 8.05 0.00 #10
2 Alexander MAJOROV SWE 144.42 71.22 73.20 7.35 7.00 7.25 7.45 7.55 0.00 #13
3 Petr COUFAL CZE 133.26 68.16 65.10 6.65 6.30 6.60 6.55 6.45 0.00 #14
4 Javier RAYA ESP 128.85 61.65 67.20 6.70 6.50 6.75 6.85 6.80 0.00 #11
5 Matteo RIZZO ITA 123.06 60.06 63.00 6.15 6.05 6.45 6.40 6.45 0.00 #6
6 Philip HARRIS GBR 121.78 59.38 63.40 6.55 6.00 6.30 6.45 6.40 1.00 #12
7 Maurizio ZANDRON ITA 114.58 53.48 61.10 5.95 5.95 6.10 6.25 6.30 0.00 #5
8 Harry MATTICK GBR 113.64 51.84 61.80 6.05 5.90 6.20 6.30 6.45 0.00 #9
9 Alexander BJELDE GER 110.93 55.13 55.80 5.70 5.25 5.50 5.75 5.70 0.00 #4
10 Manuel KOLL AUT 106.68 53.78 52.90 5.40 5.00 5.35 5.35 5.35 0.00 #3
11 CHIH-I TSAO TPE 103.85 47.35 58.50 6.05 5.50 5.85 5.95 5.90 2.00 #7
12 Aliaksei MIALIOKHIN BLR 90.45 35.45 55.00 5.75 5.30 5.35 5.60 5.50 0.00 #8
13 Albert MÜCK AUT 84.36 39.26 45.10 4.75 4.20 4.55 4.55 4.50 0.00 #1

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Michal BREZINA CZE 230.45 2 1
2 Alexander MAJOROV SWE 211.62 3 2
3 Petr COUFAL CZE 196.50 4 3
4 Philip HARRIS GBR 192.29 1 6
5 Javier RAYA ESP 191.90 5 4
6 Matteo RIZZO ITA 177.20 7 5
7 Harry MATTICK GBR 172.51 6 8
8 Maurizio ZANDRON ITA 168.64 8 7
9 Alexander BJELDE GER 162.29 12 9
10 Manuel KOLL AUT 158.78 11 10
11 CHIH-I TSAO TPE 157.74 9 11
12 Aliaksei MIALIOKHIN BLR 143.04 10 12
13 Albert MÜCK AUT 129.88 14 13
WD Stephane WALKER SUI

European Championships Men’s Results

Short Program

  Pl. Qual. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Q Javier FERNANDEZ ESP 89.24 46.09 43.15 8.61 8.61 8.43 8.68 8.82 0.00 #27
2 Q Sergei VORONOV RUS 81.06 41.53 39.53 8.18 7.43 8.00 7.96 7.96 0.00 #25
3 Q Michal BREZINA CZE 80.86 41.62 40.24 8.21 7.68 8.14 8.07 8.14 1.00 #30
4 Q Maxim KOVTUN RUS 78.21 40.27 37.94 7.86 7.18 7.54 7.75 7.61 0.00 #26
5 Q Peter LIEBERS GER 75.48 39.05 36.43 7.50 7.07 7.32 7.36 7.18 0.00 #29
6 Q Florent AMODIO FRA 74.06 38.09 35.97 7.29 6.25 7.50 7.36 7.57 0.00 #24
7 Q Alexei BYCHENKO ISR 73.63 41.52 32.11 6.68 6.00 6.57 6.36 6.50 0.00 #20
8 Q Daniel SAMOHIN ISR 72.65 42.08 30.57 6.25 5.75 6.18 6.14 6.25 0.00 #17
9 Q Adian PITKEEV RUS 69.78 39.28 31.50 6.54 5.96 6.32 6.50 6.18 1.00 #19
10 Q Alexander MAJOROV SWE 68.10 35.82 33.28 6.79 6.32 6.64 6.64 6.89 1.00 #22
11 Q Ivan RIGHINI ITA 67.45 35.02 33.43 6.61 6.25 6.86 6.71 7.00 1.00 #16
12 Q Phillip HARRIS GBR 65.16 36.62 28.54 6.11 5.32 5.71 5.79 5.61 0.00 #8
13 Q Franz STREUBEL GER 64.45 35.38 29.07 6.11 5.46 5.86 5.75 5.89 0.00 #18
14 Q Yaroslav PANIOT UKR 63.25 36.15 27.10 5.64 4.96 5.57 5.61 5.32 0.00 #7
15 Q Valtter VIRTANEN FIN 58.31 29.82 28.49 5.89 5.36 5.64 5.71 5.89 0.00 #15
16 Q Petr COUFAL CZE 57.47 29.00 29.47 6.07 5.36 6.00 6.00 6.04 1.00 #21
17 Q Pavel KASKA CZE 56.83 30.30 26.53 5.61 4.96 5.46 5.18 5.32 0.00 #5
18 Q Patrick MYZYK POL 56.12 26.76 29.36 5.93 5.54 5.86 6.14 5.89 0.00 #13
19 Q Pavel IGNATENKO BLR 55.79 28.64 28.15 6.04 5.36 5.64 5.54 5.57 1.00 #23
20 Q Sondre ODDVOLL BOE NOR 55.73 28.76 26.97 5.43 5.11 5.29 5.57 5.57 0.00 #14
21 Q Javier RAYA ESP 53.80 26.88 27.92 5.75 5.39 5.39 5.75 5.64 1.00 #9
22 Q Justus STRID DEN 53.28 27.93 26.35 5.32 4.82 5.25 5.39 5.57 1.00 #12
23 Q Larry LOUPOLOVER AZE 51.01 27.97 23.04 4.93 4.29 4.57 4.75 4.50 0.00 #1
24 Q Chafik BESSEGHIER FRA 49.61 18.04 32.57 6.75 6.36 6.25 6.71 6.50 1.00 #28
25 Slavik HAYRAPETYAN ARM 48.93 25.22 24.71 5.18 4.68 4.96 4.89 5.00 1.00 #10
26 Stephane WALKER SUI 48.86 22.67 26.19 5.36 4.93 5.11 5.25 5.54 0.00 #11
27 Engin Ali ARTAN TUR 48.76 26.58 22.18 4.79 4.14 4.46 4.54 4.25 0.00 #2
28 Samuel KOPPEL EST 46.36 22.15 24.21 5.00 4.64 4.71 4.86 5.00 0.00 #4
29 Marco KLEPOCH SVK 44.81 21.38 24.43 4.89 4.68 4.93 4.86 5.07 1.00 #6
30 Manuel KOLL AUT 43.56 20.92 23.64 4.68 4.64 4.71 4.75 4.86 1.00 #3

Free Skate

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Javier FERNANDEZ ESP 173.25 85.11 89.14 8.86 8.82 8.75 9.00 9.14 1.00 #19
2 Maxim KOVTUN RUS 157.47 78.75 78.72 8.11 7.57 7.93 7.93 7.82 0.00 #23
3 Sergei VORONOV RUS 151.99 75.13 76.86 8.00 7.29 7.64 7.71 7.79 0.00 #22
4 Alexei BYCHENKO ISR 146.59 79.01 67.58 7.14 6.61 6.89 6.61 6.54 0.00 #18
5 Ivan RIGHINI ITA 143.30 72.08 72.22 7.04 6.89 7.36 7.36 7.46 1.00 #15
6 Adian PITKEEV RUS 141.09 74.23 66.86 7.18 6.50 6.68 6.64 6.43 0.00 #13
7 Michal BREZINA CZE 139.25 62.25 79.00 8.11 7.71 7.68 8.04 7.96 2.00 #24
8 Peter LIEBERS GER 138.09 67.57 72.52 7.43 7.18 7.11 7.25 7.29 2.00 #20
9 Daniel SAMOHIN ISR 137.28 69.50 67.78 6.96 6.39 6.89 6.79 6.86 0.00 #14
10 Florent AMODIO FRA 136.05 62.77 73.28 7.43 6.54 7.39 7.57 7.71 0.00 #21
11 Alexander MAJOROV SWE 134.47 63.83 71.64 7.32 7.04 7.14 7.18 7.14 1.00 #17
12 Petr COUFAL CZE 130.35 68.43 61.92 6.50 5.75 6.46 6.04 6.21 0.00 #12
13 Franz STREUBEL GER 121.73 59.95 62.78 6.46 6.04 6.14 6.43 6.32 1.00 #11
14 Javier RAYA ESP 119.90 61.78 59.12 5.96 5.46 6.04 6.14 5.96 1.00 #2
15 Pavel KASKA CZE 109.23 52.31 57.92 6.07 5.43 5.96 5.71 5.79 1.00 #9
16 Justus STRID DEN 108.77 51.85 57.92 5.64 5.43 5.86 5.96 6.07 1.00 #5
17 Phillip HARRIS GBR 108.51 46.09 64.42 6.71 6.29 6.21 6.64 6.36 2.00 #16
18 Yaroslav PANIOT UKR 107.99 57.43 51.56 5.82 4.82 5.21 5.00 4.93 1.00 #7
19 Valtter VIRTANEN FIN 106.49 47.49 59.00 6.21 5.61 5.82 6.00 5.86 0.00 #10
20 Patrick MYZYK POL 103.61 45.55 58.06 5.89 5.50 5.86 5.89 5.89 0.00 #8
21 Pavel IGNATENKO BLR 100.62 50.42 50.20 5.39 5.04 4.96 4.96 4.75 0.00 #3
22 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE NOR 99.54 49.74 49.80 5.32 4.54 5.11 5.00 4.93 0.00 #1
23 Larry LOUPOLOVER AZE 88.28 47.42 41.86 4.68 3.61 4.32 4.21 4.11 1.00 #4
WD Chafik BESSEGHIER FRA #6

 

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Javier FERNANDEZ
ESP
262.49 1 1
2 Maxim KOVTUN
RUS
235.68 4 2
3 Sergei VORONOV
RUS
233.05 2 3
4 Alexei BYCHENKO
ISR
220.22 7 4
5 Michal BREZINA
CZE
220.11 3 7
6 Peter LIEBERS
GER
213.57 5 8
7 Adian PITKEEV
RUS
210.87 9 6
8 Ivan RIGHINI
ITA
210.75 11 5
9 Florent AMODIO
FRA
210.11 6 10
10 Daniel SAMOHIN
ISR
209.93 8 9
11 Alexander MAJOROV
SWE
202.57 10 11
12 Petr COUFAL
CZE
187.82 16 12
13 Franz STREUBEL
GER
186.18 13 13
14 Javier RAYA
ESP
173.70 21 14
15 Phillip HARRIS
GBR
173.67 12 17
16 Yaroslav PANIOT
UKR
171.24 14 18
17 Pavel KASKA
CZE
166.06 17 15
18 Valtter VIRTANEN
FIN
164.80 15 19
19 Justus STRID
DEN
162.05 22 16
20 Patrick MYZYK
POL
159.73 18 20
21 Pavel IGNATENKO
BLR
156.41 19 21
22 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE
NOR
155.27 20 22
23 Larry LOUPOLOVER
AZE
139.29 23 23
WD Chafik BESSEGHIER
FRA
24
Slavik HAYRAPETYAN
ARM
FNR 25
Stephane WALKER
SUI
FNR 26
Engin Ali ARTAN
TUR
FNR 27
Samuel KOPPEL
EST
FNR 28
Marco KLEPOCH
SVK
FNR 29
Manuel KOLL
AUT
FNR 30

Rostelecom Cup Men’s Free Skate Results

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Javier FERNANDEZ ESP 93.92 49.77 44.15 8.68 8.61 8.89 8.86 9.11 0.00 #12
2 Sergei VORONOV RUS 90.33 50.08 40.25 8.04 7.71 8.25 8.04 8.21 0.00 #8
3 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 81.38 42.41 38.97 7.93 7.54 7.61 7.96 7.93 0.00 #7
4 Michal BREZINA CZE 80.89 43.95 37.94 7.86 7.29 7.54 7.64 7.61 1.00 #10
5 Misha GE UZB 79.69 42.55 37.14 7.32 7.04 7.64 7.46 7.68 0.00 #6
6 Max AARON USA 77.09 40.60 36.49 7.64 7.04 7.39 7.21 7.21 0.00 #11
7 Jason BROWN USA 76.32 37.26 39.06 7.71 7.71 7.71 7.89 8.04 0.00 #9
8 Artur GACHINSKI RUS 74.13 39.16 34.97 7.14 6.68 6.93 7.11 7.11 0.00 #5
9 Jeremy TEN CAN 73.91 40.27 33.64 6.75 6.54 6.71 6.75 6.89 0.00 #2
10 Stephen CARRIERE USA 72.20 37.45 34.75 6.89 6.68 7.00 7.04 7.14 0.00 #3
11 Ivan RIGHINI ITA 69.74 34.89 34.85 6.71 6.43 7.14 7.00 7.57 0.00 #4
12 Moris KVITELASHVILI RUS 62.24 32.17 31.07 6.43 5.89 6.14 6.32 6.29 1.00 #1

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Javier FERNANDEZ
ESP
265.01 1 1
2 Sergei VORONOV
RUS
252.00 2 2
3 Michal BREZINA
CZE
241.23 4 3
4 Misha GE
UZB
238.05 5 5
5 Jason BROWN
USA
235.56 7 4
6 Takahiko KOZUKA
JPN
216.80 3 7
7 Max AARON
USA
212.60 6 6
8 Artur GACHINSKI
RUS
201.26 8 9
9 Stephen CARRIERE
USA
201.24 10 8
10 Jeremy TEN
CAN
198.50 9 11
11 Ivan RIGHINI
ITA
195.07 11 10
12 Moris KVITELASHVILI
RUS
174.25 12 12

Rostelecom Cup Men’s Short Program Results

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CH IN Ded.
StN.
1 Javier FERNANDEZ ESP 93.92 49.77 44.15 8.68 8.61 8.89 8.86 9.11 0.00 #12
2 Sergei VORONOV RUS 90.33 50.08 40.25 8.04 7.71 8.25 8.04 8.21 0.00 #8
3 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 81.38 42.41 38.97 7.93 7.54 7.61 7.96 7.93 0.00 #7
4 Michal BREZINA CZE 80.89 43.95 37.94 7.86 7.29 7.54 7.64 7.61 1.00 #10
5 Misha GE UZB 79.69 42.55 37.14 7.32 7.04 7.64 7.46 7.68 0.00 #6
6 Max AARON USA 77.09 40.60 36.49 7.64 7.04 7.39 7.21 7.21 0.00 #11
7 Jason BROWN USA 76.32 37.26 39.06 7.71 7.71 7.71 7.89 8.04 0.00 #9
8 Artur GACHINSKI RUS 74.13 39.16 34.97 7.14 6.68 6.93 7.11 7.11 0.00 #5
9 Jeremy TEN CAN 73.91 40.27 33.64 6.75 6.54 6.71 6.75 6.89 0.00 #2
10 Stephen CARRIERE USA 72.20 37.45 34.75 6.89 6.68 7.00 7.04 7.14 0.00 #3
11 Ivan RIGHINI ITA 69.74 34.89 34.85 6.71 6.43 7.14 7.00 7.57 0.00 #4
12 Moris KVITELASHVILI RUS 62.24 32.17 31.07 6.43 5.89 6.14 6.32 6.29 1.00 #1

2014 Skate Canada Men’s Preview

Javier Fernandez had an up and down season last year.  He has ambitious programs including three quads in his free skate and loads of triples to boot.  He failed to qualify for the Grand Prix Final but defended his European title.  At the Olympics he completed too many of the same type of jumps and had one jumping pass invalidated.  The value of that jump would have given him the bronze medal.  He had another strong but mistake-filled outing at Worlds but was able to defend his bronze medal.  He has all the tools to be at the top of the podium but he has a problem skating cleanly.  He often struggles early in the season as well and hasn’t competed at any Senior B or Challenger Series events yet this year.

Max Aaron also had a disappointing season last year.  After winning a medal at his first Grand Prix assignment, he finished 7th at NHK Trophy.  He placed 3rd at US Nationals and just missed out on the Olympic team.  He was named to the World team and finished 8th.  He started his season at the US International Figure Skating Classic and set a personal best score.  He also is capable of the jumps and putting three quads in his free skate.  His biggest weakness is his artistry which has been a focus for him the last few seasons.  Because his PCS scores are not as high as some of the other skaters, he has less room for errors on his jumps.

Takahito Mura did not make the Japanese Olympic team after placing 6th at nationals.  He went on to win gold at Four Continents.  He has one Grand Prix medal, a gold in 2012. He is a strong skater but hasn’t had his breakthrough yet on the international scene.  He competed at Lombardia Trophy earlier this season and came within 8 points of his personal best score.

Takahiko Kozuka also missed out on the Olympic team despite finishing 3rd at Japanese nationals.  He finished 2nd at Four Continents behind Mura.  He won a world medal in 2009 but hasn’t lived up to that potential since then.  He has struggled with jump errors in his programs and skating cleanly.  He has the performance capabilities to withstand some errors in his programs but he’ll need to make a lot less if he wants to return to the top of the rankings.

Also of note in this field are Michal Brezina, Adam Rippon and Florent Amodio.  All have shown moments of brilliance and great results but also major lows.  They all struggle with consistency and putting out clean programs when it matters.  They’ve also all had trouble with the quad.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Javier Fernandez

Silver: Takahiko Kozuka

Bronze: Max Aaron

 

Elladj Balde, CAN: He finished 18th at Worlds and 11th at Four Continents.  He placed 7th at Skate Canada last season.  His personal best is 205.19.  He is 23 years old.

Liam Firus, CAN: HE finished 28th at the Olympics.  His personal best is 189.06.  He is 22 years old.

Michal Brezina, CZE: He placed 10th at the Olympics and 4th at Europeans.   He placed 4th at Skate Canada and 5th at Trophee Eric Bompard last season.  He is the 2013 European Bronze Medalist and 2009 World Junior Silver Medalist.  His personal best is 243.52.  He is 24 years old.

Florent Amodio, FRA: He placed 18th at the Olympics and 13th at Europeans.  He placed 6th at Cup of China and 7th at Trophee Eric Bompard last season.  He is the 2011 European Champion, 2013 European Silver Medalist and 2012 European Bronze Medalist.  His personal best is 250.53.  He is 24 years old.

Takahiko Kozuka, JPN: He placed 6th at Worlds and is the reigning Four Continents Silver Medalist.  He placed 6th at Skate America and won bronze at Cup of China last season.  He is the 2011 World Championships Silver Medalist, 2009 Four Continents Bronze Medalist and 2006 World Junior Champion.  Her personal best is 258.41.  He is 25 years old.

Takahito Mura, JPN: He is the reigning Four Continents Champion.  He placed 10th at Skate Canada and 6th at NHK Trophy last season.  His personal best is 242.56.  He is 23 years old.

Konstantin Menshov, RUS: He is the reigning European Bronze Medalist.  He placed 8th at NHK Trophy and 4th at Rostelecom Cup last season.  His personal best is 237.24.  He is 31 years old.

Javier Fernandez, ESP: He finished 4th at the Olympics and is the reigning World Bronze Medalist and European Champion.  He placed 5th at NHK Trophy and won bronze at Rostelecom Cup last season.  He is the 2013 World Bronze Medalist and 2013 European Champion.  His personal best is 275.93.  He is 23 years old.

Max Aaron, USA: He finished 8th at Worlds.  He won bronze at Skate America and finished 7th at NHK Trophy last season.  His personal best is 240.22.  He is 22 years old.

Stephen Carriere, USA: He is the 2007 World Junior Champion.  His personal best is 219.76.  He is 25 years old.

Adam Rippon, USA: He placed 8th at Four Continents.  He won silver at Skate America and placed 4th at NHK Trophy last season.  He is the 2010 Four Continents Champion and 2008 and 2009 World Junior Champion.  His personal best is 241.24.  He is 24 years old.