Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: How to Decide the US Men’s Olympic Team

And we all thought the US ladies selection process would be filled with drama…after some surprising results in the men’s event at US Nationals, the selection committee is left to decide which men will compete next month in Pyeongchang.

Nathan Chen will most certainly go after winning his second consecutive national title, hitting five quads, scoring over 300 points, winning the Grand Prix Final, and the list goes on.  This was the cleanest program he’s had all season and was a good stepping stone for him in his quest for the Olympic podium.

Ross Miner skated the free program of his life to take home the silver medal, beating Vincent Zhou by just over a half point.  He hit a quad salchow and skated clean with Level 4s and almost all positive GOEs.  It’s been a while since he has had international success, but he did win a Four Continents medal in 2012 and last went to Worlds in 2013.  However, he did not skate cleanly in practice all week and missed four quad salchows in the warmup.  It is really unclear if this was a turning point for him or if it was just the performance of his life and unlikely to be repeated.  At 26 (almost 27) years old, this is almost certainly his last shot at an Olympic team.

Vincent Zhou won the bronze medal with a five quad attempt free skate.  He had three of those quads judged under-rotated and one down-graded but it was one of his better programs this season.  Even with all those calls, he still beat Miner on the technical score in the free skate.  One of the higher criteria for the Olympic team is placement at 2017 Worlds and with a 2nd place finish at nationals last season, Zhou normally would have been sent to Worlds, but was only sent to Junior Worlds instead where he won the title.  He is only 17 years old and could have a chance at an Olympic Games four years from now, but this could also be a chance for him to gain some experience in preparation for that event.

Adam Rippon had some major errors in his free skate, dropping to 4th overall.  He went for his quad lutz as he has all season and fell and under-rotated it.  He also under-rotated a triple flip + triple toe combination plus singled a lutz and singled a salchow.  That is a lot of mistakes for one program, but he has been skating clean programs all season.  He was 5.5 points back from 3rd and 6 points back from 2nd.  He does not have scores from Worlds or Nationals last season, but he was injured.  He had qualified for the Grand Prix Final last season and was the reigning National Champion, so there is reason to assume he would have done reasonably well at nationals.  At 28 years old, this is likely his final chance to make an Olympic team.

Grant Hochstein had the short program of his life to land himself in the final group, but made some mistakes in his free skate.  Finishing off the podium here and not having any major international results this year, likely takes him out of the conversation for the Olympic team.

Jason Brown tried to put the quad toe in his free skate for the first time since his early events this season.  It did not at all look competition ready and was downgraded.  He also had an under-rotated triple axel and triple loop.  Even with a quad toe in the program, his base value for jumps for his short program and free skate combined is still less than Vincent Zhou’s free skate alone.  He has to be absolutely perfect and even then he doesn’t have a chance to win or medal unless others make mistakes.  His technical score was very low at this event, and Chen in his first two jumps alone had half the technical score that Brown had in his entire program.  Brown finished a whopping 20 points off of third place, which likely will be taking him out of contention.  He went to the Olympics in Sochi but in four years hasn’t been able to develop a quad and it is unlikely to be there within the next five weeks.

Here are the criteria (note there is no weights or percentages given to determine how much each event counts toward the final decision):

2018 US Championships

2 18 Ross Miner, SC of Boston 6 88.91 2 185.60 274.51
3 16 Vincent Zhou, SC of San Francisco 5 89.02 3 184.81 273.83
4 19 Adam Rippon, SC of New York 2 96.52 4 171.82 268.34
5 17 Grant Hochstein, SC of New York 4 92.18 5 163.13 255.31
6 20 Jason Brown, Skokie Valley SC 3 93.23 6 160.45 253.68

 

2017 Grand Prix Final

5th: Adam Rippon (254.33)

6th: Jason Brown (253.81)

 

2017 World Championships

7th: Jason Brown

 

2017 Grand Prix Events

2nd NHK Trophy: Adam Rippon (261.99)

2nd Skate America: Adam Rippon (266.45)

2nd Skate Canada: Jason Brown (261.14)

4th Cup of China: Vincent Zhou (256.66)

4th NHK Trophy: Jason Brown (245.95)

6th Skate America: Ross Miner (219.62)

9th Internationaux de France: Vincent Zhou (222.21)

9th Cup of China: Grant Hochstein 216.44

11th Rostelecom Cup: Grant Hochstein (206.09)

 

2017 Four Continents

6th Jason Brown

9th Grant Hochstein

 

2017 Challenger Series

2nd Finlandia Trophy: Vincent Zhou

2nd Lombardia Trophy: Jason Brown

3rd Finlandia Trophy: Adam Rippon

4th Ondrej Nepela Trophy: Grant Hochstein

5th Finlandia Trophy: Ross Miner

6th Autumn Classic International: Ross Miner

 

2017 US Championships

2nd: Vincent Zhou

3rd: Jason Brown

4th: Grant Hochstein

5th: Ross Miner

WD: Adam Rippon

 

2017 World Junior Championships

1st: Vincent Zhou

 

I think it’s going to come down to Ross Miner, Vincent Zhou, and Adam Rippon for the final two spots.   Between these three, Rippon qualified for the Grand Prix Final, winning two silver medals on the Grand Prix circuit.  In head to head competition Rippon won silver at Skate America (beating Nathan Chen in the free skate) while Miner finished 6th (some 40 points back).  At Finlandia Trophy, Vincent Zhou finished 2nd, Adam Rippon finished 3rd, and Ross Miner finished 5th.

If you look at this season, Rippon has been consistent again and again with one bad performance at nationals while Miner has not had good performances and hasn’t hit the quad all season, but had a great performance here.  Based on his performances last season and the technical difficulty in his programs, I think Zhou is getting a spot on the team.  The only box he doesn’t check is the Grand Prix Final, and his Grand Prix scores are second only to Rippon and Brown (not including Nathan Chen).  He has the highest ceiling on his programs and even has more difficult planned than Nathan Chen.  If he can get these programs clean, the US will have a formidable 1-2 combination.

There is also the team event to consider.  Nathan Chen would seem like a shoo-in to send for both the short and long programs, however that is seven quads for him to execute before his own event begins and a lot of chances for him to be injured.  I would send Chen in the short program, let him get his legs underneath him and feel the Olympic ice and get a shot at a team medal.  The only other US skater with a quad in the short program is Zhou and he hasn’t skated a clean short all season.  However, several US men have top ten free skates and Rippon has the best score of the men in consideration.

However, with all of this being said, it has never been done before that a silver medalist has been skipped over for a team in favor of a 3rd and 4th place finisher.  It is much easier to argue that a 4th place finisher who was very close to 3rd but has a better resume should get to go, but skipping someone up two whole places is a lot to ask.  And it’s unclear how much the selection committee values nationals results over all other competitions.

While I love Miner and his skating and he definitely had the type of moment you dream of in an Olympic year, my gut says Chen, Zhou, Rippon.

2018 US Nationals Senior Men’s Free Skate

GROUP 1

Jordan Moeller: 58.08 TES + 67.78 PCS -1.00 = 124.86  Total: 180.21

  • I love the subtle opening to this program drawing a one footed figure on the ice
  • Nice quad salchow
  • Triple axel step out
  • Double axel
  • Popped his lutz in what was intended to be a three jump combo
  • Good triple loop
  • Triple flip
  • Triple lutz + half loop + double salchow
  • Triple lutz
  • Nice layback position in his closing spin
  • Quad salchow and triple axel were judged under-rotated as was the triple flip

Scott Dyer: 47.25 TES + 64.62 PCS = 111.87 Total: 172.04 and into 2nd place

  • Triple flip a bit two footed and step out downgraded
  • Single axel
  • Double loop
  • Love the entrance to his camel spin that picks up speed in time with the music building
  • Triple axel step out downgraded
  • Triple lutz two footed + single loop + double salchow under-rotated
  • Triple flip step out and hand down
  • Triple salchow off in the air but hangs on to it
  • Triple toe
  • Level 4 on the spins

Ben Jalovick: 60.49 TES + 61.72 PCS = 122.21  Total: 178.33 and into 2nd place

  • Double axel, upper body a bit down on the landing but he stands up
  • Good triple flip + triple toe (edge call)
  • Triple lutz
  • Big triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow with hands down on final jump and under-rotated
  • He has such a nice low, stretched out sit spin position
  • Triple loop + double toe with one arm overhead
  • Triple salchow
  • Double axel
  • Double lutz turn out
  • Level 4 on the final spin

Daniel Kulenkamp: 60.00 TES + 59.80 PCS -2.00 = 117.80 Total:177.95 and into 3rd place

  • Single axel
  • Triple flip + triple toe under-rotated
  • Good triple loop
  • Just a minor choreographic choice, but I disliked that on the word up, he bent down to grab his leg for a catch foot position in his spin
  • Lots to like about his step sequence with a nice light quality and floating movements
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow off in the air and falls
  • Triple flip hand down and fall
  • Double axel + double toe
  • Triple lutz
  • Double axel
  • He earned Level 4 on his first two spins

Kevin Shum: 54.57 TES + 56.72 PCS = 111.29 Total: 163.33 and into 5th place

  • Double axel with good height
  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • He’s a very gifted skater with nice edges and a good feel for this music; I would just like to see him loosen up his shoulders and head to match his movements
  • Triple loop + double toe + double loop
  • Triple flip a bit close to the boards
  • Triple lutz two footed
  • Triple loop just looked like he got stuck in the ice and never got up, less tangled, two footed
  • Single salchow
  • Double axel over-rotates a bit and steps out of it
  • Finished after the music
  • Level 4 on his first spin and Level 4 on the step sequence

 

GROUP 2

Tomoki Hiwatshi: 80.69 TES + 73.36 PCS = 154.05  Total: 217.53 and into 1st place

  • Quad toe (under)+ triple toe
  • Popped axel
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Good positions in the camel spin with a nice catchfoot
  • Really nice qualities of movement in this step seqeunce
  • Good triple loop
  • Triple salchow
  • Double axel
  • Super difficult triple lutz + single loop + triple flip
  • Triple lutz
  • Best program he’s skated all season
  • Gorgeous Ina Bauer, nice spiral and great cantilever
  • When he’s on he really does have the whole package and there is so much potential there
  • Positive GOEs on every element of that program and the quad because of the under-rotation
  • Level 4 on two spins

Sean Rabbitt: 69.44 TES + 71.80 PCS = 141.24  Total: 214.46 and into 2nd place

  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Triple axel a bit rough on landing, downgrade
  • Off on the takeoff of the triple loop and two footed
  • Really getting the crowd into the program on the step sequence
  • Nice, easy triple flip
  • Spiral into triple lutz
  • Double axel
  • Triple salchow + triple toe
  • Double axel + double toe + double toe
  • He definitely is a fun skater to watch and he does the performance, steps, and spins so well with great choreography and attention to detail
  • Level 4 on everything

Sebastien Payannet: 53.84 TES + 60.76 PCS -3.00 = 111.60 Total: 172.89 and into 6th place

  • Good triple axel attempt but sat down on it
  • Double axel
  • I love his choreography and the details in his program
  • Triple lutz + double toe
  • Triple flip hand down
  • Triple toe
  • Triple lutz fall
  • Triple salchow hand down
  • Triple salchow + double toe turnout
  • This piece of music really demands a clean performance to be effective and he has the choreography to back it up if he goes clean
  • I also find his costume to be a bit distracting as it has an awkward neckline and it really keeps drawing the eye away from his skating
  • Went over the end of his music

Emmanuel Savary: 48.56 TES + 64.92 PCS -1.00 = 112.48 Total: 177.13 and into 6th place

  • Triple toe
  • Double salchow
  • Triple flip + double toe no flow on landing
  • Triple loop
  • Triple flip fall
  • Double axel
  • Triple salchow
  • Triple toe two foot landing
  • He has a lot of nice qualities but the jumps just weren’t there today

Max Aaron: 74.81 TES + 74.44 PCS = 149.25 Total: 224.20 and into 1st place

  • Quad toe flip out and hand down
  • Double salchow
  • Triple loop
  • Popped toe into a double
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Triple axel
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow
  • Double axel
  • Finished just after his music
  • Such a shame that he couldn’t have redemption after his short program
  • He did earn positive GOEs on everything except for the opening quad attempt and had Level 4 on two of his spins

 

ICE RESURFACING

GROUP 3

Jimmy Ma: 77.75 TES + 69.38 PCS = 147.13 Total: 222.41 and into 2nd place

  • Quad toe low landing and turns out of it
  • Triple loop
  • Triple axel + double toe a bit of a pause between jumps
  • Triple axel step out
  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Triple salchow step out
  • Triple lutz
  • Level 4 last two spins and steps

Alexander Johnson: 75.44 TES + 77.58 PCS = 153.02 Total: 232.62 and into 1st place

  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Triple axel
  • Triple lutz + half loop + triple flip a loss of flow on the last jump
  • Double axel + triple toe
  • Double loop
  • Triple flip a bit back on the heel
  • Triple salchow nicely done
  • This program has such a nice ease and flow to it and the choreography matches the music well
  • Double axel
  • Great camel spin positions from him
  • Level 4 step sequence and final spin

Aleksei Krasnozhon: 68.58 TES + 73.42 PCS -1.00 = 141.00  Total: 223.58 and into 3rd place

  • Quad loop stands up on it, downgraded
  • Triple salchow
  • Triple axel back on his heel and then a fall
  • Triple flip + double toe + double loop a bit scratchy and tight
  • Triple axel (under)+ triple toe
  • Triple lutz + double toe
  • Triple lutz a little down on one side on the landing but hangs on
  • Looking a little fatigued through the last half of this program
  • The artistic side is something that he still needs to work on and will be the big push to move him from the junior level to the senior
  • Double axel
  • Level 4 on step sequence and 2 spins

Andrew Torgashev: 60.63 TES + 76.06 PCS -1.00 = 135.69  Total: 217.01 and into 6th place

  • Triple axel two footed the landing and fell, downgraded
  • Popped into a double toe
  • Triple lutz step out
  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • This choreography seems really marked through and he’s not fully committing to it; but this is a complicated story for a young skater to emote to
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow hand down
  • Triple flip + double toe under-rotated
  • Triple loop
  • He’s really fighting for every jump in this program
  • Double axel
  • Much better commitment, power, and passion through the step sequence really selling it through the final minute of the program
  • Level 4 step sequence and first two spins

Timothy Dolensky: 75.15 TES + 78.12 PCS -2.00 = 151.27  Total: 236.33 and into 1st place

  • Quad salchow fall
  • Triple axel really hard fall, slipping off his edge and his shoulder got stuck behind him
  • He is such am amazing skater to watch with so many interesting qualities and great choreography and he really feels the music better than almost any one else in this field
  • Lunge into a camel spin
  • Triple axel hand down + double toe
  • Triple loop
  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Double ‘Tano lutz
  • Double axel + half loop + triple salchow two footed
  • Triple flip
  • Level 4 on two spins and step sequence

 

GROUP 4

Vincent Zhou: 98.47 TES + 87.48 PCS -1.00 = 184.75  Total: 273.83 and into 1st place

  • I love this opening edit of the music
  • Quad lutz + triple toe with both arms above head
  • Quad flip (under)
  • Quad salchow might have been slightly two footed (under)
  • Quad lutz upper body a bit down but he holds on (under)
  • Quad toe step out and fall (downgrade)
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Triple axel two footed
  • I love the entire edit of this program and the passion and power in this step sequence–If he ever skates this program clean this step sequence is going to bring the house down
  • Triple Rippon Lutz + single loop + triple flip
  • Lots of reviews out there so we’ll see if the rotations hold up but this was an incredible program from him

Grant Hochstein: 78.71 TES + 84.42 PCS = 163.13  Total: 255.31 and into 2nd place

  • Double toe
  • Triple axel step out
  • Triple lutz
  • I’m so glad he brought back Les Mis for his last performance at the US Championships–definitely an iconic, breakthrough program for him
  • Lunge into a nice camel spin with a good donut position
  • Triple axel really scratchy landing but manages to not put a hand down
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow
  • Triple loop
  • Triple flip
  • This program has such a great build to it and is truly designed to bring an arena to their feet
  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Level 4 on his step sequence and final two spins

Ross Miner: 96.16 TES + 89.44 PCS = 185.60  Total: 274.51 and into 1st place

  • Nice quad salchow
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Huge triple lutz + triple toe
  • What a start to the program for him…the audience has been with him from the first note
  • Lunge into a heel slide into a camel spin
  • Huge triple axel, chest slightly down on the landing
  • Good triple loop
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow
  • Triple flip
  • Miner hasn’t skated like this in years and what a time to have a skate like this!
  • Love this choreographic sequence–so cool and lots of little tricks
  • Double axel
  • Positive GOEs on everything but triple axel (just a slight negative) with Level 4 on everything

Adam Rippon: 80.24 TES + 92.58 PCS -1.00 = 171.82  Total: 268.34 and into 3rd place

  • Quad lutz fall (under)
  • Triple flip + triple loop
  • Double axel (planned)
  • He does choreography so well…you truly believe he is a bird out there on the ice from the arm motions to the little tilts of the head or look of the eyes
  • Triple axel + double toe + double loop
  • Nice triple axel
  • Triple flip + triple toe (under)
  • Popped salchow
  • Popped lutz
  • That is a huge amount of points left on the table and he needs all the jumps he has with positive GOEs to compete–it’s going to be really close
  • Level 4 on his spins and steps

Jason Brown: 69.81 TES + 91.64 PCS -1.00 = 160.45 Total: 253.68 and into 5th place

  • Quad toe two footed and just popped off his feet and fell into the wall, downgrade
  • Triple axel step out, under
  • Triple loop a bit two footed, under
  • Gorgeous spin with so much speed in the catch foot camel
  • Triple axel two footed
  • Triple lutz
  • Triple flip just missed the entrance on the second jump and stumbles through it
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow
  • Double axel
  • There is a lot of points left on the table with this program.  His program was worth so much less compared to everyone else so he needed to be perfect
  • He earned Level 4 on everything

Nathan Chen: 115.86 TES + 94.92 PCS = 210.78  Total: 315.23 and into 1st place

  • Quad flip + triple toe
  • Quad flip
  • Triple loop
  • This is such a modern, edgy program and it really does set him apart from some of the other skaters
  • Quad toe + double toe
  • Quad toe a little forward on the landing but otherwise nice
  • Quad salchow
  • Through five quads and not one review called
  • Popped axel
  • Triple flip + double toe + double loop
  • All positive GOEs except for popped axel and all Level 4
Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 21 Nathan Chen, Salt Lake Figure Skating 1 104.45 1 210.78 315.23
2 18 Ross Miner, SC of Boston 6 88.91 2 185.60 274.51
3 16 Vincent Zhou, SC of San Francisco 5 89.02 3 184.81 273.83
4 19 Adam Rippon, SC of New York 2 96.52 4 171.82 268.34
5 17 Grant Hochstein, SC of New York 4 92.18 5 163.13 255.31
6 20 Jason Brown, Skokie Valley SC 3 93.23 6 160.45 253.68
7 15 Timothy Dolensky, Atlanta FSC 7 85.06 9 151.27 236.33
8 12 Alexander Johnson, Braemar-City of Lakes FSC 10 79.60 8 153.02 232.62
9 10 Max Aaron, Broadmoor SC 12 74.95 10 149.25 224.20
10 13 Aleksei Krasnozhon, Dallas FSC 8 82.58 13 141.00 223.58
11 11 Jimmy Ma, SC of New York 11 75.28 11 147.13 222.41
12 6 Tomoki Hiwatashi, DuPage FSC 15 63.48 7 154.05 217.53
13 14 Andrew Torgashev, Panthers FSC 9 81.32 14 135.69 217.01
14 7 Sean Rabbitt, Glacier Falls FSC 13 73.22 12 141.24 214.46
15 1 Jordan Moeller, Northern Ice SC 20 55.35 15 124.86 180.21
16 3 Ben Jalovick, Centennial 7k SC 19 56.12 16 122.21 178.33
17 4 Daniel Kulenkamp, FSC of Southern California 18 60.15 17 117.80 177.95
18 9 Emmanuel Savary, University of Delaware FSC 14 64.65 18 112.48 177.13
19 8 Sebastien Payannet, Los Angeles FSC 16 61.29 20 111.60 172.89
20 2 Scott Dyer, All Year FSC 17 60.17 19 111.87 172.04
21 5 Kevin Shum, SC of Boston 21 52.04 21 111.29 163.33

2018 US Nationals Senior Men’s Short Program

Vincent Zhou: 47.98 TES + 42.04 PCS -1.00 = 89.02 and into 2nd place

Jimmy Ma: 39.07 TES + 36.21 PCS = 75.28 and into 7th place

  • Big triple lutz with nice ride out
  • Great triple axel
  • Really interesting different choreography with a hip hop feel to it
  • Triple flip + triple toe step out and hand down on the second jump
  • His spins all need more speed
  • Really entertaining step sequence with lots of movement and getting the crowd fired up

GROUP 4

Nathan Chen: 57.91 TES + 46.54 PCS = 104.45 and into 1st place

  • Quad flip + triple toe with a smooth exit
  • Quad toe
  • Definitely a watered down program compared to what he is used to doing but still very difficult
  • Triple axel step out
  • The program really comes alive in the second half and I love this step sequence–this is everything a step sequence is supposed to be; power, movement, passion
  • Even his spins are better with more speed after the jumps are done
  • Really strong ending to this program

Scott Dyer: 26.39 TES + 33.78 PCS =60.17 and into 13th place

  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Popped axel
  • Triple lutz two footed landing
  • I’m really enjoying the timing and choreography in this step sequence and it seems that he’s emoting better and committing to the choreography in the sections without lyrics

Andrew Torgashev: 42.54 TES + 38.78 PCS = 81.32 and into 7th place

  • Good triple axel but a bit of telegraphing into it
  • Nice triple flip
  • Triple lutz + triple toe a little off in the air and turned out but managed to hang on to it–he also may have taken off a second too early to get the bonus
  • Nice flexibility though his spins with a haircutter and a catch foot upright position and some nice twisted sit variations

Adam Rippon: 49.62 TES + 46.90 PCS = 96.52 and into 2nd place

  • Gorgeous, effortless triple flip + triple toe
  • Nice triple axel
  • Everything about this program is calm, cool, and collected
  • Triple lutz
  • Nice to see him really let loose on the step sequence and play to the crowd
  • Gorgeous layback spin, timed right with the music
  • Spectacular program for him
  • All positive GOEs and all Level 4s

Jason Brown: 45.94 TES + 47.29 PCS = 93.23 and into 3rd place

  • Triple axel two footed
  • Triple flip + triple toe–the entrance to that jump comes out of nowhere and is really woven into the choreography
  • Really nice triple lutz
  • He needed to be perfect and made an error on a big jump, earning a negative GOE and receiving an under-rotation

Tomoki Hiwatshi: 32.19 TES + 32.29 PCS -1.00 = 63.48 and into 15th place

  • Fall on quad toe
  • Triple axel really fights and barely hangs on
  • Triple lutz + double toe
Place Start Name Score
1 16 Nathan Chen, Salt Lake Figure Skating 104.45
2 19 Adam Rippon, SC of New York 96.52
3 20 Jason Brown, Skokie Valley SC 93.23
4 11 Grant Hochstein, SC of New York 92.18
5 14 Vincent Zhou, SC of San Francisco 89.02
6 13 Ross Miner, SC of Boston 88.91
7 9 Timothy Dolensky, Atlanta FSC 85.06
8 8 Aleksei Krasnozhon, Dallas FSC 82.58
9 18 Andrew Torgashev, Panthers FSC 81.32
10 10 Alexander Johnson, Braemar-City of Lakes FSC 79.60
11 15 Jimmy Ma, SC of New York 75.28
12 4 Max Aaron, Broadmoor SC 74.95
13 6 Sean Rabbitt, Glacier Falls FSC 73.22
14 7 Emmanuel Savary, University of Delaware FSC 64.65
15 21 Tomoki Hiwatashi, DuPage FSC 63.48
16 1 Sebastien Payannet, Los Angeles FSC 61.29
17 17 Scott Dyer, All Year FSC 60.17
18 3 Daniel Kulenkamp, FSC of Southern California 60.15
19 12 Ben Jalovick, Centennial 7k SC 56.12
20 2 Jordan Moeller, Northern Ice SC 55.35
21 5 Kevin Shum, SC of Boston 52.04

2017 Skate America Men’s Results

Short Program

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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1 Nathan CHEN USA 104.12 59.56 44.56 8.89 8.64 9.07 9.00 8.96 0.00 #11
2 Adam RIPPON USA 89.04 45.04 44.00 8.64 8.50 9.00 8.82 9.04 0.00 #10
3 Sergei VORONOV RUS 87.51 46.97 40.54 8.18 7.86 8.18 8.14 8.18 0.00 #7
4 Han YAN CHN 85.97 45.47 41.50 8.50 8.07 8.25 8.36 8.32 1.00 #6
5 Daniel SAMOHIN ISR 82.28 43.85 39.43 7.89 7.61 7.89 7.93 8.11 1.00 #8
6 Boyang JIN CHN 77.97 37.28 40.69 8.29 7.89 8.11 8.29 8.11 0.00 #12
7 Takahito MURA JPN 75.05 37.11 37.94 7.75 7.36 7.54 7.68 7.61 0.00 #4
8 Ross MINER USA 71.59 33.51 38.08 7.61 7.29 7.68 7.71 7.79 0.00 #3
9 Roman SADOVSKY CAN 70.85 36.74 34.11 7.00 6.54 6.89 7.00 6.68 0.00 #1
10 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 69.10 32.75 36.35 7.21 7.04 7.18 7.46 7.46 0.00 #5
11 Liam FIRUS CAN 65.17 29.67 36.50 7.50 7.21 7.00 7.43 7.36 1.00 #2
12 Maxim KOVTUN RUS 64.98 28.94 38.04 7.79 7.32 7.46 7.79 7.68 2.00 #9

Free Skate

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Adam RIPPON USA 177.41 88.91 88.50 8.82 8.50 8.89 8.93 9.11 0.00 #11
2 Nathan CHEN USA 171.76 86.68 87.08 8.82 8.50 8.57 8.86 8.79 2.00 #12
3 Sergei VORONOV RUS 169.98 86.50 83.48 8.46 7.96 8.50 8.39 8.43 0.00 #10
4 Boyang JIN CHN 168.06 89.06 79.00 8.11 7.64 7.89 8.00 7.86 0.00 #7
5 Ross MINER USA 148.03 69.17 78.86 7.86 7.57 7.86 8.07 8.07 0.00 #6
6 Liam FIRUS CAN 145.66 68.94 77.72 7.86 7.54 7.64 7.89 7.93 1.00 #1
7 Han YAN CHN 142.36 60.56 81.80 8.50 8.00 7.86 8.29 8.25 0.00 #9
8 Takahito MURA JPN 137.72 62.22 75.50 7.89 7.29 7.43 7.64 7.50 0.00 #4
9 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 134.95 64.35 71.60 7.25 6.86 7.04 7.36 7.29 1.00 #2
10 Roman SADOVSKY CAN 129.25 57.25 73.00 7.46 7.11 7.14 7.43 7.36 1.00 #5
WD Daniel SAMOHIN ISR #8
WD Maxim KOVTUN RUS #3

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Nathan CHEN
USA
275.88 1 2
2 Adam RIPPON
USA
266.45 2 1
3 Sergei VORONOV
RUS
257.49 3 3
4 Boyang JIN
CHN
246.03 6 4
5 Han YAN
CHN
228.33 4 7
6 Ross MINER
USA
219.62 8 5
7 Takahito MURA
JPN
212.77 7 8
8 Liam FIRUS
CAN
210.83 11 6
9 Kevin REYNOLDS
CAN
204.05 10 9
10 Roman SADOVSKY
CAN
200.10 9 10
WD Daniel SAMOHIN
ISR
5
WD Maxim KOVTUN
RUS
12

2017 US Nationals Senior Men’s Preview

As a group, these men have won 60 national medals.  They have earned one medal at Four Continents and five World Junior medals.  They won 3 medals on the Grand Prix and 3 medals on the Junior Grand Prix this season in addition to 7 medals in the Challenger Series.  The 2nd-14th and 16th place finishers from last year are returning along with the 1st and 5th place junior finishers.

For these men to compete at the international level, they need a quad in their short program and at least two in their free skate in addition to consistent triple axels, solid spins and program components in the 8s or higher.  Internationally, they need 90+ points in the short program, 180+ in the free skate and 270+ total.  The short program will be held on Friday, January 20th with the free skate on Sunday, January 22nd.

Unfortunately, the US men will only have two spots at Worlds this season, despite the fact that all three US men finished in the top 10 last season.

Nathan Chen is setting the standard internationally on a technical level.  He became the first man to land four quads in a free program last season.  He was attempting as many as five earlier this season.  Only two men in the world have landed a quad lutz + triple toe and a quad flip in competition and he is the only one to do both.  He became the youngest US man to medal at a Grand Prix event this season and he won the silver medal at the Grand Prix Final.  He has the 6th best short program, 3rd best free skate, and 4th best total scores internationally.  This event is truly his to lose as he has the technical scores to outpace the field.  His program components are improving and he is a trained ballet dancer (he performed with Ballet West when he was younger) and has worked with Marina Zoueva on his programs.  His best free skate came at Trophee de France where he landed a quad lutz + triple toe, quad flip and double axel.  The axel is intended to be a triple, but that has always been his most problematic jump.  The base value of the jumps in his short program is 39.55 points.  He has been changing up his free skate layout throughout the season, and his best free skate came at the Grand Prix Final.  He landed quad lutz + triple toe, quad flip, quad toe + double toe + double loop, quad toe, triple axel, triple loop, triple flip + triple toe, and triple lutz to earn a base jump value of 86.02.  He received Level 4, Level 4, and Level 3 on his spins with Level 3 on his steps.  He earned a whopping 12 points from GOE with no elements receiving a negative GOE.  His program components ranged from 8.11-8.79.

Jason Brown has been struggling with the quad, but has received credit for it a few times this season.  After a rough outing at NHK Trophy, he discovered he had a stress fracture and has been off the ice.  He has really only been allowed to train the jumps for a few weeks at this point and it is unclear if he will be healthy enough to attempt a quad.  He has the 6th best free skate and 8th best total scores internationally.  His best short program came at Skate America where he landed a quad toe (fall), triple axel, and triple lutz + triple toe.  His base value for the jumps was 30.13 points.  He received no credit for one of his spins at that event.  His free skate included a quad toe (under-rotated), triple axel + double toe, triple axel, triple lutz, triple flip + triple toe, double axel, triple loop, and triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow giving him a base value of 67.84 in planned jumps.  He received Level 4, 4, and 3 on his spins and Level 4 on his steps.  He earned 11.5 points from GOE and his program components ranged from 8.79 to 9.18.

Max Aaron is coming to nationals with a new matador themed short program.  He has long been known for his speed and power on the ice which gives him great jumps, but he is still working to develop the artistic side of his skating.  The matador should be a perfect vehicle for him as it is all about the attitude and power against a bull.  Even though his program will be different, it is likely his jump content will remain the same.  His best short program came at Cup of China, where he landed quad salchow + triple toe, triple axel, and triple lutz, giving him a base jump value of 29.90.  His best free skate came at Rostelecom Cup, although his scores were very similar.  He landed a quad salchow + double toe, quad salchow, triple axel + double toe , triple loop, triple axel, triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow, triple toe, and double axel.  At Cup of China, he changed the three jump combo to start with a triple toe and did the lutz as a solo jump.  He earned Level 3 on all of his spins at Rostelecom Cup, but Level 4 at Cup of China and he upgraded his steps from Level 2 to Level 3.  He earned between 3.5 and 5 points on GOE.  His program components at Rostelecom Cup ranged from 7.39 to 7.82.

Timothy Dolensky competed at Skate America this season, and currently holds the 28th best international score for juniors and seniors combined.  His short program included a triple lutz, triple axel, and triple flip + triple toe (under-rotated), giving him a base jump value of 24.10.  His free skate included a double salchow (intended quad), triple axel + single toe (intended double or triple), triple lutz, triple axel, triple lutz + double toe, double axel + single loop + triple salchow, triple flip, and triple loop, giving him a base jump value of at least 64.14.  He earned Level 4 on all of his spins, but only Level 2 on the steps and he earned 3.5 points from GOE.  His program components ranged from 7.25-7.57.

Ross Miner skated his best skates at Cup of China.  His short program included a triple flip, triple axel, and triple lutz + double toe, giving him a base jump value of 21.83 points.  His free skate included a double salchow (intended quad), triple axel + double toe, triple lutz + triple toe, single axel (intended triple), double loop (intended triple), triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow (under-rotated), triple flip (edge call), and double axel.  This gives him a base value for planned jump content of

Grant Hochstein finished in the top 10 at Worlds last year and earned two 4th place finishes on the Grand Prix.  He is the reigning pewter medalist, but he has been suffering some setbacks this season.  His best short program came at NHK Trophy where he landed a quad toe (fall), triple axel, and triple lutz + double toe giving him a base jump value of 26.83.  His free skate was best at Skate Canada but he went for a different jump layout at NHK Trophy.  At NHK Trophy he went for a quad toe, triple axel (singled) + double toe, triple toe, triple loop + double toe, triple lutz (edge and under-rotated) + single loop (under-rotated) + triple salchow, triple flip, triple loop (under-rotated), and triple lutz (edge call), giving him a base jump value of 61.47 for his planned content.  He earned Level 4, Level 3 and Level 3 for his spins and Level 3 for his steps.  His program components ranged from 7.54-7.82.

Vincent Zhou has the 3rd best short program, 6th best free skate and 4th best total scores internationally as a junior, and the 29th best score overall.  He won two medals on the Junior Grand Prix circuit and finished 8th in his senior debut last season.  His best international event came at JGP Japan.  He had a triple axel, triple loop and triple lutz + triple toe in his short program.  Juniors are not allowed to attempt a quad in their short program and are required to do a loop as their solo jump.  It is likely that he would upgrade these jumps at nationals to acquire more points.  Zhou went for two quads in his nationals free skate last season, but has not attempted that this season.  At JGP Japan, he had a triple lutz, quad salchow (under-rotated), triple axel + triple toe, triple axel, double axel, triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow, triple loop (under-rotated) + double toe, and triple flip.  He earned Level 3s and 4s on his spins with Level 3 on his steps.  His program components ranged from 6.82 to 7.21.

Andrew Torgashev has the 7th best short program and 9th best free skate scores internationally as a junior.  He took home the silver medal at JGP Russia and won the bronze medal at his senior international debut at Tallinn Trophy.  He has yet to cross the 200 point threshold, however, and it will be tough to find a place on the podium without scoring closer to 220.

There are a few question marks headed into this event.  Will Brown be healthy enough and have enough mileage on his jumps to maximize his element scores?  Will he attempt the quad?  Will Aaron’s new short program boost his program components?  And will any of these other skaters hit the quads or triple axels that have escaped them this season?

Nathan Chen has the three highest short program total element scores out of the men competing here.  He earned 51.74 points for his technical score at Trophee de France.  Vincent Zhou score 44.60 points at JGP Japan with a quad less short program.  Aaron and Brown were within tenths of a point of each other at their best event, but still behind Chen’s worst outing.

For short program program components, Jason Brown has the best mark with 43.43 and his outing at NHK Trophy which was very rough technically, still carries the 2nd highest short program PCS mark.  Chen’s ranked next, ranging from 40-41.

The free skate has the ability to separate the men from the boys.  Chen’s best free skate had an astounding technical score of 113.13, 20 points higher than Brown’s best effort.  Chen’s worst technical outing was Trophee de France where he scored 94.59 but he was attempting five quads at that event and it seemed to be a bit more than he could handle.  Aaron who is known for his quads and has two in his free skate, in his best effort finished 9 points behind Chen’s worst effort on the technical side.

Unsurprisingly, the best free skate components belong to Jason Brown with a score of 90.02.  However, Chen isn’t that far behind, scoring 84.42 points at the Grand Prix Final.  Behind Brown and Chen is Hochstein who was just tenths of a point ahead of Aaron.

So far, Brown has been able to get away without quads on the strength of his grades of executions, program components, spins and steps.  As his coach Kori Ade urged him before Skate America, he is able to go out onto the ice and gobble up points.  However, he starts off at a disadvantage: In the free skate he is nearly 20 points below Chen’s start value on the jumps.  And while the jumps aren’t everything, Chen has the ability to execute with the same quality as Brown.  At the Grand Prix Final Chen earned a GOE of +12 for his free skate.  Brown earned 11.5 points at Skate America.  Chen actually has the ability to outperform Brown on the GOE side and further expand his lead.  With GOE, Chen’s first element, the quad lutz + triple toe, earned him 19.90 points at the Grand Prix Final.  Chen still doesn’t have the program components that Brown does, but they have been steadily improving throughout the season.  He might only lose on program components by 5 or 6 points and it’s not outside of the realm of possibility for Chen to win the free skate by 15 points or more.

Even though he has a quad planned in his short and two in the free, he still could finish behind Brown.  If Brown goes for the quad and receives credit for it, he actually has a base jump value higher than Aaron’s and he’s more likely to achieve positive GOEs.  Brown also has about a 5-6 point cushion on program components over Aaron in the short program.  Again, in the free skate, if Brown goes for the quad and receives credit, his base jump value is better than Aaron’s.

However, not executing the quad is not deadly for Brown. He plans a quad toe in his programs.  If he falls (like he did at Skate America), the jump is worth 10.30 but he receives -3 on GOE making it worth 6.30 points.  After the one point deduction it comes out to 5.30 points.  In the short program, he would likely change this jump to a triple flip which is worth a base value of 5.30 points.  He twice received under-rotation calls on the quad toe, once with a fall, earning him 3.00 points and 6.97 points.  Once he received a downgrade call and a fall, earning a measly 1.20 points.  Even with these failed quads, Brown outscored Aaron, comparing best events to best events.  If he replaced the quad with a triple that could earn him a positive GOE, it could be a net positive for him.  But while it might be enough to get him onto the podium and onto the World team, it will not be enough to compete for a medal at Worlds.

My podium predictions:

Gold: Nathan Chen

Silver: Jason Brown

Bronze: Max Aaron

Pewter: Vincent Zhou

 

Bios of the competitors:

Max Aaron: He is 24 years old and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  He placed 8th at Worlds and 7th at Four Continents last season.  He placed 5th at Rostelecom Cup and 4th at Cup of China.  He won bronze at the Lombardia Trophy and bronze at the Autumn Classic International.  He is the reigning Silver Medalist, 2015 Pewter Medalist, 2014 Bronze Medalist, 2013 Champion, finished 8th in seniors in 2012, is the 2011 Junior Champion, 2010 Junior Bronze Medalist, finished 13th in juniors in 2008, 5th in novice in 2007, is the 2006 Intermediate Bronze Medalist and the 2005 Juvenile Champion.

Jason Brown: He is 22 and represents the Skokie Valley Skating Club.  He won silver at Skate America and placed 7th at NHK Trophy.  He won silver at Lombardia Trophy and gold at the US International Figure Skating Classic.  He is the 2013 Junior Worlds Silver Medalist and the 2012 Junior Worlds Bronze Medalist.  He is the 2015 Champion, 2014 Silver Medalist, finished 8th in 2013, 9th in 2012, 7th in 2011, is the 2010 Junior Champion, 2009 Novice Bronze Medalist, 2008 Intermediate Silver Medalist and 2007 Juvenile Champion.

Nathan Chen: He is 17 years old and represents the Salt Lake Figure Skating Club.  He placed 4th at Trophee de France and won silver at NHK Trophy to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where he won silver.  He won gold at Finlandia Trophy.  He is the 2014 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  He is the reigning Silver Medalist, finished 8th in 2015, is the 2014 Junior Champion, 2013 Junior Bronze Medalist, 2012 Junior Champion, 2011 Novice Champion, 201o Novice Champion, 2009 Intermediate Silver Medalist, 2008 Juvenile Bronze Medalist and placed 10th as a juvenile in 2007.  Internationally as a junior he has the 2nd best short program, best free skate and best total scores.

Timothy Dolensky: He is 24 and represents the Atlanta Figure Skating Club.  He finished 8th at Skate America.  He placed 7th at the Nebelhorn Trophy and 6th at Golden Spin.  He finished 7th last season, 14th in 2015, 13th in 2014, is the 2012 Junior Silver Medalist, 2010 Novice Bronze Medalist, finished 15th in intermediate in 2007, 15th in intermediate in 2006 and 9th in juvenile in 2005.

Scott Dyer: He is 25 and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  He placed 11th last season, 18th in 2014, 10th in 2012, 13th in 2011, is the 2010 Junior Pewter Medalist, the 2007 Novice Pewter Medalist and the 2006 Novice Pewter Medalist.  He won bronze at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 4th best short program, 6th best free skate and 4th best total score from qualifying.

Tomoki Hiwatshi: He is 16 years old and competes for the DuPage Figure Skating Club.  He is the reigning World Junior Bronze Medalist.  He placed 6th at JGP France.  He finished 9th at Warsaw Cup.  He is the reigning Junior Champion, finished 5th in juniors in 2015, is the 2013 Novice Champion, 2012 Intermediate Champion, the 2011 Juvenile Champion and finished 6th in Juvenile Boys in 2010.

Grant Hochstein: He is 26 and represents the Skating Club of New York.  He finished 10th at Worlds and 8th at Four Continents last season.  He placed 11th at Skate Canada and 11th at NHK Trophy.  He placed 5th at Lombardia Trophy and won bronze at Nebelhorn Trophy.  He is the reigning Pewter Medalist, finished 9th in 2015, 11th in 2014, 15th in 2013, 12th in 2012, 12th in 2011, 7th in 2010, is the 2009 Junior Pewter Medalist, finished 11th in junior in 2008, 12th in juniors in 2007, 8th in novice in 2005, is the 2004 Intermediate Pewter Medalist, and finished 10th in juvenile in 2003.

Alexander Johnson: He is 26 and represents the Braemar-City of Lakes Figure Skating Club.  He placed 6th at Ondrej Nepela.  He finished 6th last season, 11th in 2015, 7th in 2013, 15th in 2012, 17th in 2010, is the 2009 Junior Bronze Medalist, finished 7th in juniors in 2008, is the 2007 Novice Silver Medalist, finished 9th in novice in 2006, 5th in intermediate in 2005, 13th in intermediate in 2004, 12th in juvenile in 2003 and 16th in juvenile in 2002.  He won silver at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally, he has the best short program, 9th best free skate and 6th best total scores.

Daniel Kulenkamp: He is 21 years old and competes for the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club.  He finished 10th last season, 8th in juniors in 2015, 13th as a junior in 2014, 5th as a novice in 2013 and 12th in intermediates in 2011.  He won pewter at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 6th best short program and 10th best total scores from qualifying.

Jimmy Ma: He is 21 years old and represents the Ice House of New Jersey Figure Skating Club.  He finished 16th last season, 18th in 2015, is the 2014 Junior Bronze Medalist, 2013 Junior Pewter Medalist, finished 5th as a novice in 2012 and 14th as an intermediate in 2010.  He won bronze at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally he has the 5th best short program, 8th best free skate and 8th best total scores.

Oleksiy Melnyk: He is 19 years old and competes on behalf of the Washington Figure Skating Club.  He placed 9th at JGP France.  He finished 5th in juniors last season, 7th in 2015, is the 2013 Novice Silver Medalist, 2011 Intermediate Silver Medalist, finished 11th in novice in 2012 and 7th in juvenile in 2009.  He won pewter at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for Nationals.  He has the 9th best short program, 7th best free skate and 9th best total scores.

Ross Miner: He is 25 and represents the Skating Club of Boston.  He placed 14th at Four Continents last season.  He finished 12th at Skate Canada and 9th at Cup of China.  He placed 6th at the US International Figure Skating Classic.  He is the 2012 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  He finished 5th last season, 6th in 2015, 7th in 2014, is the 2013 Silver Medalist, 2012 Bronze Medalist, 2011 Bronze Medalist, 2009 Junior Champion, 2008 Novice Silver Medalist, 2006 Intermediate Champion and finished 8th in intermediate in 2005.

Jordan Moeller: He is 21 years old and represents the Northern Ice Skating Club.  He finished 13th in 2015, is the 2014 Junior Silver Medalist, 2013 Junior Pewter Medalist, finished 5th as a novice in 2012 and 14th as an intermediate in 2010.  He won gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Shotaro Omori: He is 21 years old and represents the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club.  He is the 2013 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  He finished 12th last season, 17th in 2015, is the 2013 Junior Silver Medalist, finished 9th in juniors in 2011, 9th in novice in 2010, is the 2009 Juvenile Bronze Medalist, and finished 5th in juvenile in 2008.  He won gold at Southwest Pacific Regionals and silver at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally, has the 3rd best short program, 2nd best free skate and 2nd best total scores.

Sebastien Payannet: He is 22 and represents the Rocky Mountain Figure Skating Club.  He finished 14th last season and 20th in 2015.  He won pewter at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Dennis Phan: He represents the Birmingham Figure Skating Club.

Sean Rabbitt: He is 26 and represents the Glacier Falls Figure Skating Club.  He placed 7th at the Autumn Classic International.  He finished 9th last season, 12th in 2015, 14th in 2014 and 19th in 2013.  He won gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally, he has the 2ndd best short program, 4th best free skate and best total scores.

Emmanuel Savary: He is 19 years old and represents the Skating Club of New York.  He finished 13th last season, 12th in juniors in 2012, 5th in juniors in 2011, is the 2010 Novice Silver Medalist, 2009 Intermediate Champion and 6th in Juvenile in 2007.  He won silver at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally, he has the 8th best short program, 5th best free skate and 7th best total scores.

Andrew Torgashev: He is 15 years old and represents the Panthers Figure Skating Club.  He won silver at JGP Russia and placed 4th at JGP Germany.  He won bronze at the Tallinn Trophy.  He is the 2015 Junior Champion, 2014 Novice Pewter Medalist, 2013 Intermediate Men’s Champion, 2012 Juvenile Boys Champion and 2011 Juvenile Boys Bronze Medalist.

Vincent Zhou: He is 16 years old and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  He finished 5th at Junior Worlds last season.  He won silver at JGP Japan and bronze at JGP Estonia.  He finished 8th last season, is the 2013 Junior Champion, 2012 Novice Champion, 2011 Intermediate Champion and placed 5th in juvenile in 2010.  He won gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

2016 Skate Canada Men’s Preview

Yuzuru Hanyu had a bit of an up and down season last year.  At his first event he scored only 259 points before he broke the 300 point mark just a few weeks late.  He was the first man to do so and then went on to beat his own record at the Grand Prix Final, scoring a remarkable 330 points.  His free skate at Worlds was flawed and he finished just 2nd to his training mate.  Injuries kept him off the ice for a portion of last season and most of the summer this year.  Although he started his season with a gold medal at the Autumn Classic International, he scored 70 points below his personal best.  He landed the first ever quad loop in competition in the short program at that event.  His free skate includes three different quads but he singled two jumps in one of his combinations and had two falls.  His program components were also in the 8s, which is shockingly low for him.  He has the 2nd best short program, 4th best free skate and 4th best total scores.

Patrick Chan changed coaches in the offseason and is now trained by Marina Zoueva, the famed ice dancing coach.  Performance has never been his problem, so it remains to be seen how this will play out as the technical side is what he needs the most focus on at this point in his career.  For years he was ahead of the field as the only man trying two quads in a free skate but now that is not enough, as many skaters are doing three, four or even five quads in a program.  He started his season with a silver at Finlandia Trophy.  His free skate at that event included a quad toe and an under-rotated quad toe not performed in combination that earned only 2.16 points.  His three jump combination had two double jumps and a single, leaving valuable points on the table.  He has the 7th best short program, 9th best free skate and 7th best total scores.

Takahito Mura set personal bests across the board at Four Continents last season, but was not on the World team.  He started his season with a silver at the US International Classic.  His free skate included two quad toes, but he singled an axel, earned no Level 4 elements and had program components in the 7s.  He has the 8th best short program, 6th best free skate and 6th best total scores.

Alexander Petrov won gold at Nebelhorn Trophy and finished 6th at Finlandia Trophy.  He did not land a single quad at Nebelhorn Trophy.  He has the 10th best total score.

Han Yan won a bronze medal at Four Continents, setting new personal best free skate and total scores.  He went on to finish a dismal 26th at Worlds.  He has not competed yet this season.

Ross Miner had a very uneven season last year.  He took home a bronze medal at Rostelecom Cup with personal best scores across the board but finished just 14th at the Four Continents Championships.  He has kept his New York State of Mind program from last year which is a real showstopper.

Grant Hochstein had a breakout season last year and placed in the top 10 at Worlds after he was named to the team as an alternate.  He placed 5th at Lombardia Trophy and won bronze at Nebelhorn Trophy to start his season.  The triple axel and quad can still be a bit tricky for him and he struggled to land both jumps successfully in a single program at these B events.  However, he is capable of doing both and doing both well.

The top short program score of the season so far is 89.15 with the top ten all scoring above 80 points.  The top free skate score is 190.19 with the top ten scoring above 163.  The top total scores is 279.34 with the top ten scoring above 232.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Yuzuru Hanyu

Silver: Patrick Chan

Bronze: Takahito Mura

 

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 and placed 5th at Trophee Eric Bompard last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final were he finished 4th.  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.

Liam Firus, CAN: He finished 13th at Four Continents.  His personal best is 210.09.  He is 24 years old.

Kevin Reynolds, CAN: He finished 11th at Four Continents.  He is the 2013 Four Continents Champion and 2010 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  His personal best is 250.55.  He is 26 years old.

Han Yan, CHN: He finished 26th at Worlds and is the reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  He placed 4th at Skate America and won bronze at Cup of China last season.  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 8th at Skate Canada and 7th at NHK Trophy.  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 won silver at JGP USA and silver at JGP Spain last season to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where he placed 5th.  This is his Grand Prix debut.  His personal best is 236.65.  He is 18 years old.

Yuzuru Hanyu, JPN: He is the reigning World Silver Medalist.  He won silver at Skate Canada and gold 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, 2015 World Silver Medalist, 2012 World Bronze Medalist, 2011 and 2013 Four Continents Silver Medalist and 2010 World Junior Champion.  His personal best is 330.43.  He is 21 years old.

Takahito Mura, JPN: He placed 5th at Four Continents.  He finished 10th at Skate America and won bronze at NHK Trophy last season.  He is the 2014 Four Continents Champion.  His personal best is 268.43.  He is 25 years old.

Alexander Petrov, RUS: He finished 8th at Europeans.  He placed 6th at Skate Canada and 6th at Trophee Eric Bompard last season.  His personal best is 232.21.  He is 17 years old.

Grant Hochstein, USA: He placed 10th at Worlds and 8th at Four Continents.  He placed 4th at Cup of China and 4th at NHK Trophy last season.  His personal best is 237.25.  He is 26 years old.

Ross Miner, USA: He finished 14th at Four Continents.  He placed 7th at Skate America and won bronze at Rostelecom Cup last season.  He is the 2012 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  His personal best is 248.92.  he is 25 years old.

Misha Ge, UZB: He placed 15th at Worlds.  He finished 8th at Cup of China last season.  His personal best is 238.05.  He is 25 years old.

2016 Four Continents Men’s Preview

Even with a top name like Yuzuru Hanyu electing not to compete in this event, it should still be very competitive with six of the top ten scoring skaters of the season participating.  This promises to be an extremely technical event with quads galore.

Shoma Uno qualified for the Grand Prix Final in his first senior season and even took home the bronze medal.  With neither Hanyu nor Fernandez at this event, he enters as the front-runner.  His short program includes a quad toe in the bonus and his free skate includes two quads, one in combination and one in the bonus.  What Uno does really well, especially for a young skater, is balance the artistry with his technical performance.  He’s already shown signs of the dynamic performance style that the Japanese are becoming known for.  He has the 5th best short program, 4th best free skate and 3rd best total scores of the season.

Denis Ten had a very rough start to his Grand Prix season, but this is par for the course for him.  Despite winning an Olympic medal and two Worlds medals, he has only medaled on the Grand Prix once.  He enters this event as the reigning Champion.  While his Grand Prix season wasn’t what he hoped, he did well enough at the Golden Spin of Zagreb to put himself on the season’s best scores list, although Challenger Series events tend to be slightly over scored.  He has the 4th best short program, 5th best free skate and 4th best total scores of the season.

Patrick Chan considered retiring after his 4th place finish at the Grand Prix Final.  After long having the technical and performance advantage in the sport, he missed out on Olympic gold in 2014.  He was the only one attempting two quads in a free skate for years, but now that is the standard and others are attempting three and four.  His short program has been his nemesis this season and he’s had to dig himself out of a hole in the free skate to try and make it on to the podium.  His short program has a quad toe and his free skate has one quad in combination.  He has elected to go for one quad in the free skate to focus on the artistry and skating clean.  That approach worked at the Final as he earned all positive GOEs and Level 4s on his elements, but he still finished 9 points behind Fernandez in the free skate and nearly 20 behind Hanyu.  He has the 3rd best free skate and 5th best total scores of the season.

Boyang Jin has some of the most impressive jumps in skating, landing quad lutz + triple toe combinations with ease, something no other man has done before.  He’s also one of only two skaters attempting four quads in his free skate (the other is Nathan Chen who is out for the rest of the season).  His short program has a quad lutz + triple toe plus a quad toe in the bonus.  His free skate has four quads, including two in the bonus.  His focus is mostly on the jumps and he needs to work on developing transitions, choreography and a connection with his music and the audience.  While his base value in the free skate for technical elements is 7 points lower than Hanyu’s, his technical score was 19 points lower due to lower levels and GOEs.  Plus his program components were 20 points lower.  Skaters like Chan and Ten don’t need as many quads as they have the program components, levels and GOEs to make up the difference.  He has the 3rd best short program, 6th best free skate and 6th best total scores of the season.

Max Aaron put out two relatively clean programs at US nationals but still settled for a silver medal.  After a season where he put renewed focus into his artistry and performance, he seemed to take a bit of a step back and was focusing more on the elements.  If he can regain the performance level he had at Skate America, he should be very competitive here.  He has a quad in his short program and two in his free skate.  He has the 9th best short program, 7th best free skate and 7th best total scores of the season.

Ross Miner put out a stellar performance of his short program to New York State of Mind at US Nationals and had the crowd on their feet before his program even ended.  He lost some steam in the free skate, but he has all the qualities to compete with the best if he can skate two clean programs.  He has the 10th best total score of the season.

Also of note are Takahito Mura who has the 6th best short program score of the season and Han Yan who has the 10th best free skate score of the season.  Grant Hochstein is making his ISU Championship debut after taking 4th at two Grand Prix events this season and at US Nationals.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Shoma Uno

Silver: Patrick Chan

Bronze: Denis Ten

 

Bios of the competitors:

Denis Margalik, ARG: He finished 16th at Four Continents and 12th at Junior Worlds last season.  He won bronze at JGP Slovakia and placed 8th at JGP Spain.  His personal best is 193.44.  He is 18 years old.

Andrew Dodds, AUS: He finished 25th at Four Continents last season.  His personal best is 159.77.  He is 24 years old.

Brendan Kerry, AUS: He finished 20th at Worlds and 17th at Four Continents last season.  He finished 8th at Skate America and 12th at NHK Trophy.  His personal best is 203.48.  He is 21 years old.

Patrick Chan, CAN: He won gold at Skate Canada and placed 5th at Trophee Eric Bompard to qualify for the Grand Prix Final were he finished 4th.  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.

Liam Firus, CAN: He finished 14th at Four Continents last season.  His personal best is 200.27.  He is 23 years old.

Kevin Reynolds, CAN: His personal best is 250.55.  He is 25 years old.

Boyang Jin, CHN: He is the reigning World Junior Silver Medalist.  He won silver at Cup of China and silver at NHK Trophy to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where he placed 5th.  His personal best is 266.43.  He is 18 years old.

Nan Song, CHN: He placed 26th at World last season.  He placed 9th at Cup of China.  He is the 2014 Four Continents Bronze Medalist and 2010 World Junior Silver Medalist.  His personal best is 236.09.  He is 25 years old.

Han Yan, CHN: He finished 10th at Worlds last season and is the reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  He placed 4th at Skate America and won bronze at Cup of China.  He is the 2013 Four Continents Bronze Medalist and 2012 World Junior Champion.  His personal best is 259.47.  He is 19 years old.

Chih-I Tsao, TPE: He placed 19th at Four Continents and 27th at Junior Worlds last season.  His personal best is 178.46.  He is 18 years old.

Leslie Ip, HKG: His personal best is 144.78.  He is 20 years old.

Harry Hau Yin Lee, HKG: He finished 24th at Four Continents last season.  His personal best is 134.10.  He is 21 years old.

Takahito Mura, JPN: He finished 16th at Worlds and 7th at Four Continents last season.  He placed 10th at Skate America and won bronze at NHK Trophy.  He is the 2014 Four Continents Champion.  His personal best is 255.81.  He is 25 years old.

Keiji Tanaka, JPN: He placed 5th at NHK Trophy.  His personal best is 234.90.  He is 21 years old.

Shoma Uno, JPN: He placed 5th at Four Continents last season and is the reigning World Junior Champion.  He won silver at Skate America and gold at Trophee Eric Bompard to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where he won bronze.  His personal best is 276.79.  He is 18 years old.

Abzal Rakimgaliev, KAZ: He finished 20th at Four Continents last season.  His personal best is 185.81.  He is 23 years old.

Denis Ten, KAZ: He is the reigning World Bronze Medalist and Four Continents Champion.  He placed 9th at Skate America and 4th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  He is the 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2013 World Silver Medalist.  His personal best is 289.46.  He is 22 years old.

Julian Zhi Jie Yee, MAS: He placed 22nd at Four Continents and 19th at Junior Worlds last season.  He finished 7th at JGP Latvia and 4th at JGP Spain.  His personal best is 197.42.  He is 18 years old.

Michael Christian Martinez, PHI: He placed 21st at Worlds last season.  He placed 6th at Cup of China.  His personal best is 220.36.  He is 19 years old.

Se Jong Byun, KOR: He placed 23rd at Junior Worlds last season.  He finished 9th at JGP Latvia and 14th at JGP Spain.  His personal best is 161.25.  He is 17 years old.

Jin Seo Kim, KOR: He finished 15th at Four Continents and 9th at Junior Worlds last season.  He placed 9th at Skate Canada and 9th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  His personal best is 207.34.  He is 19 years old.

June Hyoung Lee, KOR: He placed 19th at Worlds and 18th at Four Continents last season.  He placed 12th at Skate Canada.  His personal best is 203.92.  He is 19 years old.

Max Aaron, USA: He won gold at Skate America and placed 7th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  His personal best is 258.95.  He is 23 years old.

Grant Hochstein, USA: He placed 4th at Cup of China and 4th at NHK Trophy.  His personal best is 235.63.  He is 25 years old.

Ross Miner, USA: He placed 7th at Skate America and won bronze at Rostelecom Cup.  He is the 2012 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  His personal best is 248.92.  He is 25 years old.

2016 US Nationals Men’s Free Skate

Group 3

Shotaro Omori: 56.59 TES + 62.08 PCS -1.00 = 117.67 Total: 181.49 and into 3rd place

  • Triple axel too far down into his knees in the first jump + single toe
  • Triple flip (intended combo)
  • Triple salchow pretty nice
  • Nice ice coverage on the double axel
  • A little slow on the step sequence–Level 3
  • Nice positions in the sit spin–Level 2
  • Triple lutz + double toe (intended triple + triple) in the bonus
  • Triple flip + triple toe hand down and messy (under-rotated)
  • Double axel
  • Triple loop awkward fall (under-rotated)
  • Ok positions on the camel spin–Level 2
  • Good sit spin positions with nice speed ending with an upright position–Level 4

Sean Rabbitt: 61.08 TES + 65.84 PCS -1.00 = 125.92 Total: 192.63 and into 1st place

  • Spiral into a double lutz (intended triple)
  • Triple axel fall (under-rotated)
  • Popped his flip into a double (intended triple + triple)
  • Nice camel spin into a twisted position and a nice catchfoot–Level 4
  • Nice expression in the step sequence but I’d like to see him even more into his edges–Level 3
  • Good triple flip + double toe in the bonus
  • Nice triple loop
  • A little slow on the sit spin after the change to the back tuck position–Level 4
  • Triple salchow + triple toe really nice
  • Nice change of edge spread eagles in the choreographic sequence
  • Double axel
  • Doubla axel + double toe + double loop
  • This program really got stronger and built as it went along
  • Good speed and decent positions in the final combination spin–Level 4

Vincent Zhou: 80.51 TES + 68.62 PCS = 149.13 Total: 217.23 and into 1st place

  • Nice triple axel + triple toe
  • Quad salchow a little bit leaning on the landing and has to step out (under-rotated)
  • Level 4 flying combination spin
  • Good emotion in the step sequence and some nice edge work but he really needs more speed and power and stretch through the lines–Level
  • Really nice quad salchow
  • Triple Rippon lutz in the bonus has to fight for the landing a bit
  • Good speed in his sit spin–Level 4
  • Nice triple loop
  • Good triple flip
  • Double axel
  • Cantilever into triple Rippon lutz + loop + triple salchow with almost no speed not sure how he pulled that off
  • Finishing off with a Level 4 camel spin
  • A program like that will make him a medal threat at Junior Worlds
  • He only received negative GOEs on his two quad attempts

Grant Hochstein: 87.52 TES +86.06 PCS = 173.58 Total: 252.84 and into 1st place

  • Really nice quad toe attempt has to two foot the landing
  • Triple axel + double toe nicely done
  • Good triple lutz
  • Nice flow in the step sequence and pretty good edges most of the time–Level 4
  • Lunge into a camel and a nice donut spin and a catch foot–Level 3
  • Good triple axel in the bonus
  • Flying sit spin–Level 4
  • Triple lutz + half loop + triple salchow on a nice build in the music
  • Nice triple loop
  • Doubled the flip
  • Triple toe + double toe with both arms overhead on the 2nd jump
  • I love how free he’s being in this choreographic step sequence changing edge spread eagles
  • Camel spin with really nice speed into a sit spin and ending with a twisted upright
  • Partial standing ovation!
  • Really nice skate for him and the kind of skate he’s been waiting for at nationals for several years
  • He only received negative GOEs on the quad and the doubled flip

Alexander Johnson: 83.47 TES + 84.78 PCS = 168.25  Total: 241.94 and into 2nd place

  • Really nice triple axel + double toe
  • Another good triple axel
  • Triple lutz + half loop + triple flip–very difficult
  • Camel spin gorgeous position and a nice catchfoot–Level 4
  • Nice triple loop
  • Great choreography, speed, flow and quality of movement in the step sequence–Level 4
  • Double axel + triple toe in the bonus
  • Triple flip
  • Triple salchow flip out and hand down
  • Slow on the sit spin–Level 4
  • Good double axel
  • Good speed in the combination spin with nice positions–Level 4

 

Group 4

Timothy Dolensky: 79.34 TES + 76.78 PCS = 156.12 Total: 256.13 and into 3rd place

  • Big triple axel + triple toe two footed and a little tight on the landing
  • Pretty good triple salchow
  • Really having trouble finding the centering on the combination spin–Level 4
  • Really solid triple lutz
  • Nice camel spin with good speed–Level 3
  • Level 4 step sequence
  • Good triple axel in the bonus
  • Triple lutz + double toe a little hesitation between and not a lot of flow out
  • Nice triple loop + double axel sequence
  • Great landing position on the triple flip
  • Good double axel
  • Great positions and speed in the final combination spin–Level 4
  • Pretty nice program for him

Nathan Chen: 100.24 TES + 81.36 PCS -1.00 = 180.60 Total: 266.93 and into 1st place

  • Quad salchow + double toe + double loop
  • Nice quad salchow
  • Quad toe + double toe
  • Nice speed at the beginning of his combination spin –Level 4
  • He did not have that third quad on his planned elements , but he has another listed in the bonus
  • Choreo sequence could have more speed and power across the ice but he has nice arms and lines
  • Quad toe in the bonus
  • Triple axel off in the air and falls
  • Nice camel spin position but he could have more speed–Level 3
  • Nice triple flip + triple toe
  • Good triple loop
  • Nice triple lutz
  • HE is finally starting to sell the program and is really pushing through the step sequence and emoting–Level 4
  • Great positions in the final combination spin with nice stretch–Level 3
  • He only received negative GOEs on his triple axel with the fall
  • He is the first man to land four quads in a free skate

Max Aaron: 92.52 TES + 85.20 PCS = 177.72 Total: 269.55 and into 1st place

  • Quad salchow + triple toe nicely done
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Nice triple loop
  • Not a bad camel spin into a bit slow sit spin–Level 4
  • The one thing I would nitpick him on is he tends to put his hands into fists on his jump entrances and if ruins the lines
  • Level 3 step sequence
  • Not bad speed on his sit spin–Level 4
  • Not a bad quad salchow in the bonus
  • Triple axel really far forward on the landing and someone hangs on to it
  • Triple lutz + half loop + double salchow just looked like he popped the loop too early
  • Double axel
  • A little slow in the choreographic sequence
  • Double axel
  • Level 4 combination spin
  • He earned positive GOEs on all of his elements
  • He earned Level 4 on his spins in both programs

Adam Rippon: 93.30 TES + 90.66 PCS -1.00 = 182.96 Total: 270.75 and into 1st place

  • Quad lutz two footed the landing and fell (under-rotated)
  • Not a bad triple axel + double toe
  • Good positions in the camel spin–Level 4
  • Nice triple Rippon lutz
  • Nice enjoyable step sequence but it could have more speed and power across the ice–Level 4
  • Nice flow in and out of the triple axel in the bonus and very good with the music
  • Triple lutz + triple toe pretty good
  • Nice easy, light triple loop
  • Triple flip + double toe + double loop
  • Good upright position into a nice camel spin and a sit–Level 4
  • Nice choreographic sequence but I still want a little more speed and power
  • Triple salchow
  • Good speed in his sit positions ending with a scratch spin–Level 4
  • Standing ovation
  • He received positive GOEs on all of his elements except for the opening lutz

Ross Miner: 71.83 TES + 85.28 PCS = 157.11 Total: 248.01 and into 5th place

  • Quad salchow super fast rotation but hand down on the landing
  • Popped his axel + double toe
  • Triple lutz + triple toe really fought for the landing
  • Nice positions with good speed in the sit spin–Level 4
  • Nice triple axel in the bonus
  • Triple lutz two footed landing (planned three jump combo) down graded
  • Double axel
  • Good triple loop
  • I love this step sequence but it could have some more speed–Level 4
  • Nice triple flip
  • Level 4 flying combination spin
  • HE doesn’t have the same finesse of a Jeremy Abbott but there is something so unique and genuine and likable about his skating
Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 18 Adam Rippon, SC of New York 3 88.01 1 182.74 270.75
2 17 Max Aaron, Broadmoor SC 1 91.83 3 177.72 269.55
3 16 Nathan Chen, Salt Lake Figure Skating 4 86.33 2 180.60 266.93
4 13 Grant Hochstein, SC of New York 6 79.26 4 173.58 252.84
5 19 Ross Miner, SC of Boston 2 90.90 6 157.11 248.01
6 14 Alexander Johnson, Broadmoor SC 7 73.69 5 168.25 241.94
7 15 Timothy Dolensky, Atlanta FSC 5 80.01 7 156.12 236.13
8 12 Vincent Zhou, Broadmoor SC 8 68.10 8 149.13 217.23
9 11 Sean Rabbitt, Glacier Falls FSC 9 66.71 10 125.92 192.63
10 8 Daniel Kulenkamp, Coyotes SC of Arizona 13 56.97 9 130.37 187.34
11 7 Scott Dyer, All Year FSC 12 59.67 11 122.43 182.10
12 10 Shotaro Omori, Los Angeles FSC 10 63.82 13 117.67 181.49
13 9 Emmanuel Savary, University of Delaware FSC 11 62.96 15 116.36 179.32
14 5 Sebastien Payannet, Rocky Mountain FSC 14 56.10 14 116.58 172.68
15 4 Ben Jalovick, University of Delaware FSC 19 48.16 12 119.17 167.33
16 6 Jimmy Ma, Ice House Of New Jersey FSC 15 51.95 17 109.68 161.63
17 3 Robert Przepioski, Rochester FSC 16 49.38 16 111.16 160.54
18 2 Curran Oi, Yale FSC 18 48.66 18 101.40 150.06
19 1 Eric Stinehart, Skokie Valley SC 17 49.11 19 92.39 141.50

2016 US Nationals Senior Men’s Short Program

Group 1

Alexander Johnson: 73.69

Ben Jalovick: 48.16 and into 1st place

Emmanuel Savary: 32.05 TES + 30.91 PCS = 62.96 and into 2nd place

Nathan Chen: 47.51 TES + 38.82 PCS = 86.33 and into 1st place

  • Gorgeous quad salchow turned out but fully rotated and stood up
  • Gorgeous quad toe + triple toe
  • Nice camel spin position into a good catchfoot–Level 3
  • Great Michael Jackson footwork with nice performance coming out; so smooth on the edges and so much speed–Level 4
  • Triple axel hand down
  • Nice speed in the sit spin but he could be a bit lower–Level 1
  • Good camel into an ok illusion with a nice stretched sit spin and ending with a scratch spin–Level 3
  • That will be hard to beat tonight–quads + performance
  • Standing ovation
  • He is the first American man to land two quads in the short program
  • I love that he’s telling Raf as he comes off the ice “I know, I turned out…”

 

Group 2

Jimmy Ma: 25.23 TES + 27.72 PCS -1.00 = 51.95 and into 4th place

  • Nice ice coverage on the double axel
  • Huge triple lutz + triple toe
  • He could have a better position in his upright spin but a nice flying entry and decent speed–Level 4
  • Sit spin with good speed–Level 3
  • Popped flip
  • Very fun modern hip hop vibe in his step sequence and he really works all the accents in the music; unfortunate fall on a turn–Level 2
  • Ok positions in his combination spin but good speed–Level 3
  • Really fun, well performed program

Sebastien Payannet: 27.57 TES +29.53 PCS -1.00 = 56.10 and into 4th place

  • Good double axel
  • Nice stretched sit spin position into a back tuck–Level 4
  • Triple lutz fall
  • A spin change of foot to camel and an upright spin which could have some more stretch–Level 3
  • Triple salchow + double toe
  • I like the stretch through his lines and the finish through his hands in the step sequence although he’s on top of his edges in places–Level 2
  • Good camel spin with some interesting position variations–Level 1

Grant Hochstein: 41.65 TES + 38.61 PCS -1.00 = 79.26 and into 2nd place

  • Quad toe falls
  • Nice triple axel with a great landing position
  • Good camel spin into a donut; change of foot into a catchfoot–Level 3
  • Stepping right into a flying sit spin into a tuck position–Level 4
  • Nice changing edge spread eagles
  • Good triple lutz + double toe
  • Great emotion and flow through his step sequence and I love his edges and use of the full body–Level 4
  • Nice speed through his final combination spin but ending just after the music–Level 4
  • Too bad about that opening quad

Vincent Zhou: 37.81 TES + 30.29 PCS = 68.10 and into 4th place

  • Really nice triple axel
  • Difficult spread eagle entry into a quad salchow
  • Illusion spin into a combination spin–Level 3
  • A bit on top of the ice in the step sequence and some of the edge changes aren’t clean; he needs more speed and power–Level 3
  • Nice sit spin position–Level 3
  • Cantilever into a Rippon Triple Lutz + Triple Toe insane!
  • A little slow on the camel spin–Level 3
  • It’s crazy to think that the last time he was at nationals he was skating to Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Ross Miner: 47.41 TES + 43.49 PCS = 90.90 and into 1st place

  • Huge triple flip
  • I could really watch him just skate all day; there’s something so unique and enjoyable about his skating
  • Big triple axel right on the music
  • Love the step sequence with the choreography and changes of edge but it looked like there might be a few bobbles here and there–Level 4
  • Lunge into camel spin with a change of foot–Level 4
  • Triple lutz + triple toe a little tight on the second jump landing but so much ice coverage
  • Nice sit spin–Level 4
  • I love this program for him!
  • Good speed in his final combination spin ending with a scratch spin–Level4
  • The crowd is on their feet before he even finishes
  • Where has this Miner been?  His jumps were absolutely huge today!
  • “I love this program”–Miner after he comes off the ice

 

ICE RESURFACING

 

Group 3

Eric Stinehart: 27.15 TES + 21.96 PCS =49.11 and into 9th place

  • Triple lutz + triple toe–second jump was higher
  • Pretty nice triple flip but he had to hang on to the landing a bit
  • Good speed in the camel spin–Level 2
  • A bit upright on the step sequence and lots of spray on the edge changes–Level 3
  • Double axel
  • Camel spin into a pretty good sit position; change of foot into an interesting sit catch foot–Level 4
  • Good speed in the twisted sit position–Level 4

Sean Rabbitt: 33.74 TES + 33.97 PCS -1.00 = 66.71 and into 6th place

  • Triple flip + triple toe nice height on both jumps and good flow out
  • Triple axel down on his right side on the landing and fell
  • Good camel position with a change foot into a catchfoot–Level 4
  • Nice triple lutz
  • Great sit spin position with nice toe point into a back tuck–Level 4
  • He skates this step sequence slightly hunched over in places and he could really finish off his lines if he pulled his shoulders back; I love the intensity and commitment–Level 3
  • Great speed in the camel spin into a nice sit–Level 4

Timothy Dolensky: 42.68 TES + 37.33 PCS = 80.01 and into 3rd place

  • Huge triple axel really off in the air but manages to hang on and two foot the landing
  • Nice triple flip + triple toe
  • Good twisted sit spin–Level 4
  • Triple lutz forward on the landing but hangs on and doesn’t put a hand down
  • Great flow through the step sequence with nice quality of movement and musicality; most of the edges are very clean–Level 4
  • Camel spin change of foot into a catch foot losing the centering a bit–Level 4
  • Camel spin into a sit spin with lots of speed–Level 4

Curran Oi: 23.72 TES + 24.94 PCS = 48.66 and into 12th place

  • Spiral into a double axel
  • Camel spin into a catchfoot–Level 2
  • Sit spin could be down a bit lower but nice stretch in the free leg–Level 1
  • Triple flip really down on the edge on the landing but somehow hangs on and adds a double toe
  • Three turns into triple loop
  • The music is picking up intensity and I’m not seeing it in his movement or performance to match
  • A little stiff and tentative in the step sequence–Level 3
  • Nice stretched sit spin with good speed into a camel and ending with a nice upright–Level 3

Daniel Kulenkamp: 28.84 TES + 29.13 PCS -1.00 = 56.97 and into 9th place

  • Triple axel sat down on the landing
  • Really off in the air on the lutz, only doubled; then a weird fluky fall coming out of it
  • Level 4 camel spin
  • Really nice triple flip
  • I really like this step sequence and it’s been the strongest part of the program so far–Level 3
  • Level 4 sit spin
  • Good camel spin into a really nice stretched sit spin–Level 4
  • Shame about the opening jumps because that program really built and got stronger as it went on

 

Group 4

Scott Dyer: 27.78 TES + 31.89 PCS = 59.67 and into 9th place

  • Big triple axel but perhaps slightly two footed on the landing
  • Triple lutz + double toe
  • He could use more stretch through his free leg in the sit spin–Level 4
  • Camel spin into a catch foot–Level 4
  • Triple flip a little down on the landing but hangs on
  • A little slow in the step sequence but otherwise a nice look and feel to it–Level 4
  • Good speed in the combination spin with some interesting position variations–Level 4

Shotaro Omori: 32.93 TES + 30.89 PCS = 63.82 and into 8th place

  • Really nice triple axel and he really fought to keep the free leg up on the landing
  • Triple flip + triple toe really nice
  • Good sit spin position with nice speed, but a little slow after the change to the back tuck–Level 4
  • Camel spin into a broken leg–Level 1
  • Triple lutz forward on the landing but he hangs on to it
  • I really like this step sequence but feel like he could give it even more–Level 2
  • Good speed in the combination spin–Level 3
  • Really solid short program from him!

Robert Przepioski: 23.02 TES + 26.36 PCS = 49.38 and into 14th place

  • Opened with a nice double axel
  • Fought for his triple lutz + double toe
  • Camel spin could be better–Level Basic
  • Camel into upright and sit spin losing speed–Level 3
  • Triple flip flip out
  • A bit too upright on the step sequence and not as many difficult changes of edge–Level 3
  • Flying sit spin needs more stretch–Level 4

Max Aaron: 49.48 TES + 42.35 PCS = 91.83 and into 1st place

  • Huge quad salchow + triple toe
  • He’s not an Adam or a Jeremy yet but the difference in the performance is very noticeable from last year
  • Gorgeous triple axel and he really holds on to the landing
  • Good speed in the camel spin with a nice change of foot but losing speed toward the end–Level 4
  • Nice ice coverage on the triple lutz
  • Sit spin with a broken leg into a tuck–Level 4
  • I love the qualify of movement and the softness in the step sequence but he could relax and let the performance go a little more–Level 3
  • Traveling a bit at the beginning of the combination spin–Level 4
  • Standing ovation

Adam Rippon: 44.73 TES + 43.28 PCS = 88.01 and into 3rd place

  • Triple lutz off in the air somehow lands it + triple toe really fights for the landing
  • Triple axel a little tight on the landing but gets it off
  • Great catch foot in the camel spin–Level 3
  • Nice choreography in the step sequence, this is definitely a departure from his usual style–Level 4
  • Big triple flip
  • Nice speed and position in the twisted sit spin, change of foot maintaining speed-Level 4
  • Illusion into a layback change of foot to a camel and traveling just a bit on the final spins–Level 3
  • Partial standing ovation
Place Start Name Score
1 18 Max Aaron, Broadmoor SC 91.83
2 9 Ross Miner, SC of Boston 90.90
3 19 Adam Rippon, SC of New York 88.01
4 4 Nathan Chen, Salt Lake Figure Skating 86.33
5 12 Timothy Dolensky, Atlanta FSC 80.01
6 7 Grant Hochstein, SC of New York 79.26
7 1 Alexander Johnson, Broadmoor SC 73.69
8 8 Vincent Zhou, Broadmoor SC 68.10
9 11 Sean Rabbitt, Glacier Falls FSC 66.71
10 16 Shotaro Omori, Los Angeles FSC 63.82
11 3 Emmanuel Savary, University of Delaware FSC 62.96
12 15 Scott Dyer, All Year FSC 59.67
13 14 Daniel Kulenkamp, Coyotes SC of Arizona 56.97
14 6 Sebastien Payannet, Rocky Mountain FSC 56.10
15 5 Jimmy Ma, Ice House Of New Jersey FSC 51.95
16 17 Robert Przepioski, Rochester FSC 49.38
17 10 Eric Stinehart, Skokie Valley SC 49.11
18 13 Curran Oi, Yale FSC 48.66
19 2 Ben Jalovick, University of Delaware FSC 48.16

2016 US Nationals Senior Men’s Preview

As a group, these men have won 45 national medals.  Two won medals on the Grand Prix, and two earned a combined 5 medals on the Junior Grand Prix.  They earned 6 medals in the Challenger Series and Senior B circuit.  The silver, pewter, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 14th and 17th-20th place finishers from last year are returning along with the junior 8th and 11th place finishers.

Notably absent from this event are Jason Brown, last year’s Champion, who withdrew due to a back injury and Joshua Farris, last year’s bronze medalist, who has been out all season due to a concussion.

For these men to compete at the international level, they need a quad in their short program and at least two in their free skate in addition to consistent triple axels and solid spins and program components.

Max Aaron had the best international results of any of the men at this event.  He won gold at Skate America, the first US man to do so since Evan Lysacek.  He missed out on a chance to qualify for the Grand Prix Final after a 7th place finish in the short program at Trophee Eric Bompard and the cancelation of the event.  His short program includes a quad salchow + triple toe, triple axel and a triple lutz.  He received Level 3 and 4 on his spins at Skate America and Level 3 on his steps.  He had all positive GOEs earning just under 6 points.  His program components ranged from 7.36-7.96.  His free skate includes a quad salchow + double toe, triple axel + double toe, triple loop, quad salchow, triple axel, triple loop + single loop + triple salchow, triple toe and double axel.  He received Level 3 on his spins and steps.  He earned 9 points from his GOE and had program components ranging from 7.61-8.46.  He started working with Philip Mills this season and his high GOEs and improved program components are evidence that his emphasis on skating skills is paying off.

Adam Rippon had to settle for two fourth place finishes on the Grand Prix, after just missing out on a medal at Rostelecom Cup.  His short program includes a quad lutz (downgraded and fall at both Rostelecom Cup and Skate Canada), triple axel and triple lutz + triple toe (doubled at Rostelecom Cup).  He received Level 4 on his spins and step sequence at Rostelecom Cup.  He earned roughly the same program components at both events from 7.43-8.29.  His free skate includes a triple axel + double toe, triple lutz, triple axel, triple lutz + triple toe, triple loop, triple flip + double toe + double loop and triple salchow.  At Skate Canada, he started his free skate with a quad lutz (downgrade and fall) and at Rostelecom Cup he started with a more conservative double axel.  At Rostelecom Cup he earned Level 4 on his spins and step sequences.  His best program components also came at Rostelecom Cup where he earned 8.07-8.54.

Nathan Chen was a dark horse for the podium last season, but injuries kept him from being able to attempt his most difficult jumps at nationals.  He has won every event he has entered this season including the Junior Grand Prix Final.  His short program includes a triple axel, triple lutz + triple toe and a triple flip.  He received Level 3 on his spins at the Junior Grand Prix Final with a level 4 on the step sequence.  He had all positive GOEs with program components ranging from 7.25-7.61.  Juniors are not allowed to attempt quad jumps in their short programs and he hasn’t competed as a senior this season, so it’s unclear if he will attempt a quad in his short here.  He changed his free skate layout between JGP USA and the JGP Final, upgrading from two quads to three.  His Final layout included a quad salchow, quad toe (fall), quad toe + double toe, triple lutz + double toe + double loop, triple axel (under-rotated and fall), triple flip + triple toe, triple loop and triple lutz.  His levels suffered with the more difficult content, and he only earned Level 3 on one spin and his step sequence.  With a slightly easier layout at JGP USA he impressively earned all positive GOEs.  His best program components came at the Final where he earned 6.96-7.43.

Ross Miner edged out Rippon for the bronze medal at Rostelecom Cup.  His short program includes a triple flip, triple axel and triple lutz + triple toe.  He earned Level 4 on his spins and step sequence at Rostelecom Cup with program components ranging from 7.82-8.07.  His free skate includes a quad salchow (fall at Rostelecom Cup, downgraded and fall at Skate America), triple axel + double toe, triple lutz + triple toe (fall and missed combo at Skate America), triple axel, triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow (doubled at Skate America), double axel, triple loop and triple flip (edge call at Rostelecom Cup).  He received Level 4 on his spins and step step sequence at Rostelecom Cup earning program components from 7.79-8.36.

Grant Hochstein had a breakout season this year.  After not competing on the Grand Prix for 5 years, he earned 2 assignments this year, placing 4th at both events.  His short program has a quad toe, triple axel and triple lutz + triple toe (doubled at NHK Trophy).  He received Level 3 and 4 on his spins and Level 4 on his step sequence at Cup of China.  He earned similar program components at both events, ranging from 6.46-7.04.  His free skate includes a quad toe (doubled at Cup of China), triple axel + double toe, triple lutz, triple axel, triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow (missed third jump at Cup of China), triple loop, triple flip and triple toe + single toe (missed combo at Cup of China).  He earned Level 3 and 4 on his spins at both events and Level 4 on the step sequences.  He earned 5 points from GOE at NHK Trophy.  His best program components came at Cup of China where he scored 7.57-8.04.

Timothy Dolensky competed at Skate Canada this season.  His short program includes a triple axel, triple flip and triple lutz (missed combo).  He received Level 4 on his spins and Level 3 on his step sequence.  His program components ranged from 6.36-6.96.  His free skate includes a triple axel + triple toe, triple salchow, triple lutz, triple axel, triple lutz + double toe + double loop, triple loop + double axel, triple flip and double axel.  He received Level 3 and 4 on his spins and Level 3 on his step sequence.  He earned 9 points from his GOE.  His program components ranged from 6.89-7.46.

Vincent Zhou is competing as a senior for the first time after missing the last two nationals.  His short program includes a triple axel (under-rotated at sectionals and a fall), triple flip, and triple lutz + triple toe (under-rotated at sectionals).  He received Level 4 on his spins at the Junior Grand Prix Final and level 3 on his step sequence.  His best program components came at sectionals where he received 6.40-6.70.  He attempted two quads in the Junior Grand Prix Final and had two quads listed at Midwestern Sectionals but only attempted one.  His Final free skate layout includes a triple axel + triple toe, quad salchow (under-rotated), quad salchow (under-rotated), triple lutz, double axel, triple loop, triple flip, and triple lutz + loop + triple salchow.  He received Level 4 on all of his spins and the step sequence at sectionals and all positive GOEs earning 7 points.  His best program components also came at sectionals where he earned 6.75-7.30.

Alex Johnson won the silver medal at Midwestern Sectionals, but had slightly better results at his international assignments.  He has a triple axel, triple flip + double toe and triple lutz (downgraded) in his short program.  He received Level 4 on his spins and Level 3 on his step sequence at sectionals.  His program components ranged from 6.74-7.15.  His free skate includes a triple axel + double toe, triple axel, triple lutz + loop + triple flip, triple loop, double axel (intended triple), triple flip, double axel (missed triple toe combo), and triple salchow.  He had a quad listed on his planned elements but did not attempt it at sectionals.  He received Level 3 and 4 on his spins and Level 4 on his step sequence.  His program components ranged from 7.15-7.60.

Sean Rabbitt won gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals and had a good outing at the Autumn Classic International.  His short program includes a triple flip + triple toe, triple axel (fall and under-rotated), and a triple lutz.  He earned one Level 3 and one Level 4 on his spins at sectionals with a Level 3 on his step sequence.  His program components ranged from 6.44-7.06.  His free skate includes a triple lutz, triple axel (under-rotated and fall), triple flip + triple toe, double flip (intended triple), triple loop, triple salchow + triple toe, double axel and double axel + double toe + single loop (intended double).  He received Level 4 on some of his spins along with Level 3 on his step sequence.  His program components ranged from 6.50-7.19.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Max Aaron

Silver: Nathan Chen

Bronze: Adam Rippon

Pewter: Ross Miner

 

Bios of the competitors:

Max Aaron: He is 23 years old and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  He won gold at Skate America and placed 7th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  He won silver at the Nebelhorn Trophy and gold at the Tallinn Trophy.  He is the reigning Pewter Medalist, 2014 Bronze Medalist, 2013 Champion, finished 8th in seniors in 2012, is the 2011 Junior Champion, 2010 Junior Bronze Medalist, finished 13th in juniors in 2008, 5th in novice in 2007, is the 2006 Intermediate Bronze Medalist and the 2005 Juvenile Champion.  Internationally, he has the 8th best short program, 7th best free skate and 8th best total scores.

Nathan Chen: He is 16 years old and represents the Salt Lake Figure Skating Club.  He finished 4th at Junior Worlds last season.  He won gold at JGP USA and gold at JGP Spain to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where he won gold.  He is the 2014 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  He finished 8th last season, is the 2014 Junior Champion, 2013 Junior Bronze Medalist, 2012 Junior Champion, 2011 Novice Champion, 201o Novice Champion, 2009 Intermediate Silver Medalist, 2008 Juvenile Bronze Medalist and placed 10th as a juvenile in 2007.  Internationally as a junior he has the 2nd best short program, best free skate and best total scores.

Timothy Dolensky: He is 23 and represents the Atlanta Figure Skating Club.  He finished 7th at Skate Canada.  He placed 4th at the US International Classic and 4th at the Finlandia Trophy.  He finished 14th last season, 13th in 2014, is the 2012 Junior Silver Medalist, 2010 Novice Bronze Medalist, finished 15th in intermediate in 2007, 15th in intermediate in 2006 and 9th in juvenile in 2005.

Scott Dyer: He is 24 and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  He placed 18th in 2014, 10th in 2012, 13th in 2011, is the 2010 Junior Pewter Medalist, the 2007 Novice Pewter Medalist and the 2006 Novice Pewter Medalist.  He won bronze at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 7th best short program, 4th best free skate and 5th best total score from qualifying.

Grant Hochstein: He is 25 and represents the Skating Club of New York.  He placed 4th at NHK Trophy and 4th at Cup of China.  He placed 7th at the Nebelhorn Trophy.  He finished 9th last season, 11th in 2014, 15th in 2013, 12th in 2012, 12th in 2011, 7th in 2010, is the 2009 Junior Pewter Medalist, finished 11th in junior in 2008, 12th in juniors in 2007, 8th in novice in 2005, is the 2004 Intermediate Pewter Medalist, and finished 10th in juvenile in 2003.

Ben Jalovick: He is 22 years old and represents the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club.  He finished 11th in juniors last season, 11th as a junior in 2014 and 17th as an intermediate in 2011.  He won silver at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Alexander Johnson: He is 25 and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  He placed 4th at the Autumn Classic International and 6th at Golden Spin of Zagreb.  He finished 11th last season, 7th in 2013, 15th in 2012, 17th in 2010, is the 2009 Junior Bronze Medalist, finished 7th in juniors in 2008, is the 2007 Novice Silver Medalist, finished 9th in novice in 2006, 5th in intermediate in 2005, 13th in intermediate in 2004, 12th in juvenile in 2003 and 16th in juvenile in 2002.  He won silver at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally, he has the 2nd best short program, 2nd best free skate and 2nd best total scores.

Daniel Kulenkamp: He is 20 years old and competes for the Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona.  He finished 8th in juniors last season, 13th as a junior in 2014, 5th as a novice in 2013 and 12th in intermediates in 2011.  He won pewter at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 8th best short program, 8th best free skate and 7th best total scores from qualifying.

Jimmy Ma: He is 20 years old and represents the Skating Club of New York.  He finished 18th last season, is the 2014 Junior Bronze Medalist, 2013 Junior Pewter Medalist, finished 5th as a novice in 2012 and 14th as an intermediate in 2010.  He won gold at North Atlantic Regionals and gold at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally he has the 10th best free skate and 10th best total scores.

Ross Miner: He is 24 and represents the Skating Club of Boston.  He finished 7th at Skate America and won bronze at Rostelecom Cup.  He won bronze at the US International Figure Skating Classic.  He is the 2012 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  He finished 6th last season, 7th in 2014, is the 2013 Silver Medalist, 2012 Bronze Medalist, 2011 Bronze Medalist, 2009 Junior Champion, 2008 Novice Silver Medalist, 2006 Intermediate Champion and finished 8th in intermediate in 2005.  Internationally, he has the 10th best total score.

Curran Oi: He is 25 and represents the Yale Figure Skating Club.  He finished 6th in 2009, 6th in junior in 2008, is the 2007 Junior Pewter Medalist, 2006 Novice Bronze Medalist, finished 7th in intermediate in 2004 and 6th in juvenile in 2003.  He won gold at New England Regionals and pewter at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally, he has the 10th best short program, 9th best free skate and 9th best total scores.

Shotaro Omori: He is 20 years old and represents the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club.  He is the 2013 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  He finished 17th last season, is the 2013 Junior Silver Medalist, finished 9th in juniors in 2011, 9th in novice in 2010, is the 2009 Juvenile Bronze Medalist, and finished 5th in juvenile in 2008.  He won silver at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally, has the best short program, 5th best free skate and 4th best total scores.

Sebastien Payannet: He is 21 and represents the Rocky Mountain Figure Skating Club.  He finished 20th last season.  He won pewter at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally he has the 9th best short program score.

Robert Przepioski: He is 25 and represents the Rochester Figure Skating Club.  He finished 19th last season, 19th in 2014.  He finished 5th at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Sean Rabbitt: He is 25 and represents the Glacier Falls Figure Skating Club.  He won bronze at the Autumn Classic International and finished 15th at the Golden Spin of Zagreb.  He finished 12th last season, 14th in 2014 and 19th in 2013.  He won gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally, he has the 3rd best short program, 3rd best free skate and 3rd best total scores.

Adam Rippon: He is 26 and represents the Skating Club of New York.  He finished 8th at Worlds and 10th at Four Continents last season.  He placed 4th at Skate Canada and 4th at Rostelecom Cup.  He won silver at Finlandia Trophy and silver at Golden Spin of Zagreb.  He is the 2010 Four Continents Champion and the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Champion.  He is the reigning Silver Medalist, placed 8th in 2014, 5th in 2013, is the 2012 Silver Medalist, finished 5th in 2011, 5th in 2010, 7th in 2009, is the 2008 Junior Champion, finished 6th in juniors in 2007, 11th in juniors in 2006, is the 2005 Novice Siler Medalist, finished 6th in intermediate in 2004 and 7th in juvenile in 2003.  Internationally, he has the 9th best free skate score.

Emmanuel Savary: He is 18 years old and represents the Skating Club of New York.  He finished 12th in juniors in 2012, 5th in juniors in 2011, is the 2010 Novice Silver Medalist, 2009 Intermediate Champion and 6th in Juvenile in 2007.  He won bronze at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally, he has the 6th best short program score.

Eric Stinehart: He is 17 years old and represents the Skokie Valley Figure Skating Club.  He is the 2013 Intermediate Men’s Silver Medalist, finished 8th as a juvenile in 2011 and 14th as a juvenile in 2010.  He won gold at Upper Great Lakes Regionals and finished 6th at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  Nationally he has the 8th best free skate and 8th best total scores.

Vincent Zhou: He is 15 years old and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  He won silver at JGP Slovakia and silver at JGP Austria to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where he finished 4th.  He is the 2013 Junior Champion, 2012 Novice Champion, 2011 Intermediate Champion and placed 5th in juvenile in 2010.  He won gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 7th best short program, 6th best free skate and 7th best total scores internationally as a junior.  Nationally, he has the 4th best short program, best free skate and best total scores.