2018 Olympic Games Men’s Free Skate

Deniss Vasiljevs, LAT:  76.42 TES + 80.64 PCS -2.00 = 155.06 Total: 234.58

  • Good triple axel + triple toe
  • Triple axel down on one side, hand, then fall
  • Triple salchow
  • Nice big pattern on the ice during the step sequence
  • Good inverted position in his camel spin with nice speed
  • Triple loop
  • Triple lutz + double toe + double loop
  • He has such a nice spring to his knees and gets great height on his jumps
  • Double axel awkward fall
  • Triple flip + double toe under-rotated
  • Triple lutz
  • Really performing through this choreographic step sequence to Sway

Matteo Rizzo, ITA: 80.86 TES + 75.92 PCS = 156.78 Total: 232.41 and into 1st place

  • Triple flip
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Triple lutz + triple toe really hangs on to the landing
  • Nice timing with the music on his spin into his choreographic sequence
  • He needs a bit more speed and power throughout and to really commit to the choreography and reach to the end of his lines, and not just go through the movements
  • Triple axel scratchy on the landing
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow nicely done
  • Very good triple loop
  • Double axel
  • Double axel
  • Nice turns in his step sequence and good energy but he could use the upper body a bit more and loosen up as it is a bit stiff

Paul Fentz, GER: 66.98 TES + 72.84 PCS = 139.82 Total: 214.55 and into 3rd place

  • Great height in the triple axel + triple toe
  • Triple toe, was supposed to be a quad, lost 6 points in base value
  • Triple loop
  • One thing he could really work on is the transitions and not just skating from one jump to the next and telegraphing the jump for half a rink
  • Only a Level 2 on the step sequence
  • Triple axel step out
  • Triple lutz with no flow out of the jump and really has to hang on
  • Triple salchow + single loop + double flip
  • Really slow for the camel spin
  • Double lutz + double toe
  • Really losing steam through the end of this program
  • Single axel
  • Left a lot of points on the table with popped jumps
  • He’s going to see the biggest hit on his components too as there are no transitions in this program

Han Yan, CHN: 53.80 TES + 79.58 PCS -1.00 = 132.38 Total: 213.01 and into 4th place

  • Triple axel + double toe, a bit of hesitation between the jumps
  • Triple toe step out and hand down
  • Triple flip slips off the edge on the landing and falls
  • He has such nice edge quality through his choreographic sequence, but needs to connect to his choreography more and really use the upper body
  • Triple lutz
  • Triple loop hesitation on the takeoff and hand down, probably a bit under-rotated
  • Popped lutz…left about 6 points on the table there
  • Triple salchow
  • Triple flip step out and hand down, going to lose some points as well because it wasn’t performed in combination so it will only receive 80% of the base value
  • There’s just not a lot of life or performance in this program and he seems to be just trying to get to the end

Keiji Tanaka, JPN: 85.64 TES + 81.14 PCS -2.00 = 164.78 Total: 244.83 and into 1st place

  • Quad salchow
  • Quad salchow sits down on the landing…will also only receive 80% of the base value due to a repeat with no combination.
  • Triple axel
  • Quad toe turnout
  • Triple axel fall
  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Triple loop
  • Triple lutz + double toe + double loop
  • Nice quality of movement and use of his full body in the step sequences

Moris Kvitelashvili, GEO: 63.35 TES + 70.66 PCS -6.00 = 128.01 Total: 204.57 and into 6th place

  • Triple axel
  • Quad salchow tipped in the air and falls on the landing
  • Quad toe downgraded and fall
  • Slow and marking the arms a bit through the step sequence
  • Quad toe downgraded, two footed and fall, no combination so only 80% base value, only earned 1.21 points
  • Triple flip + triple toe no flow and step out
  • Most of his transitions are just crossovers with an overhead arm so he’s not making up any points on the PCS side
  • Triple loop
  • Very slow throughout most of this program, coming almost to a standstill at times
  • Triple flip fall
  • Double axel + single loop + triple salchow
  • Definitely a rough program for him today

Alexei Bychenko, ISR: 89.08 TES + 83.80 PCS = 172.88 Total: 257.01 and into 1st place

  • Huge quad toe + triple toe
  • Nice quad toe
  • Triple loop
  • Nice variety in his step sequence, changing up the turns, and length of changes in the edges
  • Triple axel somehow hangs on to that
  • Double axel + double toe a little rough…lost just over 5 points in base value by doubling the axel
  • Nice triple lutz
  • This music seems just a bit too big and lyrical for him and doesn’t really match his style or play to his strengths on the ice–he has so much power yet can’t really show it off
  • Triple flip + single loop + triple salchow
  • Very nice double axel
  • Final spin a bit slow

Daniel Samohin, ISR: 89.03 TES + 81.72 PCS = 170.75 Total: 251.44 and into 2nd place

  • Quad toe + triple toe
  • Quad salchow huge telegraph into it and somehow hangs on to the landing
  • Big triple axel
  • He is really trying to emote to this music, but hasn’t quite figured out how to finish the choreography yet and really reach through all of his limbs and finish off the movement
  • Triple axel + single loop + triple salchow
  • Double salchow
  • Triple lutz + double toe
  • He’s landing all these jumps but he is really having to fight for these landings
  • Triple loop hand down
  • Double axel
  • A bit slow through the transitions between elements at the end of the program

Nathan Chen, USA: 127.60 TES + 87.44 PCS = 215.08 Total: 297.35 and into 1st place

  • Quad lutz
  • Quad flip + double toe…probably should have been a triple but already the best skate he’s had at the Olympic Games
  • Quad flip hands down
  • His quality of movement and use of his arms and hands is so fluid when he’s just letting it happen and not focused
  • Quad toe + triple toe
  • Quad toe
  • Five quad program!
  • Quad salchow
  • Six quad program!!!!
  • Triple axel
  • Triple flip + single loop + triple salchow
  • Finally seeing him free up through the end of this program and really enjoy the choreographic step sequence and the spins
  • This is going to be a monster technical score and likely a record

Misha Ge, UZB: 74.96 TES + 86.08 PCS = 161.04 Total: 244.94 and into 4th place

  • Triple axel
  • Triple axel two footed + single loop + double salchow, not a lot of speed; downgraded…the entire combination received less value than an axel by itself; he needed every point so that’s going to really hurt him overall
  • Given that he has no quad, I wish he would put a triple axel in the bonus to gain a few more points
  • Triple flip
  • Very nice camel spin position and a great forward rotation
  • He’s skating a bit slow and tentatively through the step sequence and only earned a Level 3
  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • Triple lutz
  • Triple loop
  • Double axel + double toe
  • Double axel
  • Now he’s really shining in the choreographic sequence, this is the first time I really have felt like he’s let the real Misha Ge shine through and let the artistry out, the rest of the program seemed a bit tentative

Junhwan Cha, KOR: 84.94 TES + 81.22 PCS -1.00 = 165.16 Total: 248.59 and into 4th place

  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • Quad salchow sits down on the landing
  • Long ride into the triple axel + double toe with no flow on the landing
  • Really slow camel spin
  • Good triple axel
  • Nice triple flip + single loop + triple salchow
  • Double axel
  • You can really see the artistry start to develop and he’s working on using his full lines and body
  • Triple flip
  • Interesting Ina Bauer into a triple loop
  • Definitely a skater to watch in the future!

Brendan Kerry, AUS: 73.33 TES + 77.42 PCS = 150.75 Total: 233.81 and into 8th place

  • Popped his opening quad toe into a double
  • Triple salchow, was intended to be a quad
  • Triple flip
  • Lost 16 points in base value on the first two jumps of the program
  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • Triple axel
  • Triple axel turn out + double toe
  • Triple lutz
  • Triple loop nothing out of the landing
  • He needs a bit more speed and power to match this music
  • Really good speed in the sit spin through the beginning, but lost speed through the rest of the combination

Jorik Hendrickx, BEL: 81.79 TES + 82.42 PCS = 164.21 Total: 248.95 and into 4th place

  • Triple axel + double toe with a bit of hesitation between jumps
  • Triple axel
  • The axels were technically fine but there was a huge telegraph into both, which will effect both his GOE and his program component scores
  • Triple salchow
  • I love his timing on the step sequence with the accents in the music but it needs a bit more fire and flare to really pull off the Spanish flamenco vibe
  • Triple lutz + double toe + double loop, hesitation before the combo and not a clear take off edge
  • Triple lutz
  • Triple flip great one footed transition out of that jump
  • Triple loop + double loop
  • Double axel

Keegan Messing, CAN: 84.88 TES + 85.44 PCS = 170.32 Total: 255.43 and into 3rd place

  • Gorgeous triple lutz to start the program
  • Nice quad toe with a lot of speed
  • Single axel + double toe + double loop; that was a big mistake…the whole combo received less points than a triple axel by itself
  • His component have really grown and he has great deep edges and nice little touches of Chaplin throughout his step sequence
  • He does skate a bit too upright and could use his upper body more throughout the footwork and transitions
  • Nice quad toe + double toe
  • Triple salchow + triple toe
  • Good triple axel with deep knees on the landings
  • Double loop and stepped back on the landing
  • He could commit to the choreography a little more as it doesn’t sing quite the way Fernandez’s Chaplin program does
  • Russian split leap into a triple flip
  • Really low sit position in his spins

Vincent Zhou, USA: 112.24 TES + 79.92 PCS = 192.16 Total: 276.69 and into 2nd place

  • I really love this particular edit of Moulin Rouge using Nature Boy
  • Huge quad lutz + triple toe with hands overhead
  • Quad flip, flip out…might have put a hand down
  • Quad salchow
  • Nice twisted sit foot position
  • Really nice outside to inside spread eagle right on a musical highlight
  • He really feels this program and truly embodies the character, showing a lot of maturity
  • Quad lutz under-rotated
  • Quad toe
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • A lot of these landings he’s having to fight for but he’s standing up on everything
  • Triple axel two footed the landing
  • Nice camel into a donut
  • This program is so smartly constructed with the music to accentuate all of his elements
  • I want him to push just a little harder through this step sequence
  • Triple rippon lutz + single loop + triple salchow
  • Great final spin

Mikhail Kolyada, RUS:  91.62 TES + 87.94 PCS -2.00 = 177.56 Total: 264.25 and into 3rd place

  • Quad lutz flip out then hand down, might have had a knee down too which would be a fall
  • Quad toe + triple toe
  • Big triple axel + double toe
  • He tends to look down to the ice, which pulls his shoulders forward during the step sequences; if he looked up it would change his whole presentation and the openness of his upper body
  • Quad toe really hangs on to it
  • Popped axel…over 7 points left on the table there
  • Triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow step out
  • Really slow going into the triple loop, can’t get the rotation around and steps out only a double
  • Triple axel awkward fall
  • Definitely an uneven program with some great elements and a lot of mistakes

Michal Brezina, CZE: 76.58 TES + 84.34 PCS = 160.92 Total: 246.07 and into 9th place

  • Quad salchow step out
  • Big triple axel + double toe
  • Double salchow, intended quad…lost about 9 points in base value
  • So much to like about this step sequence with fluidity and great quality of movement and some really interesting use of the upper body throughout
  • Nice triple axel
  • Great triple loop
  • Triple flip + double toe + double loop
  • Nice triple lutz
  • Off in the air on his triple salchow and steps out
  • Great choreographic sequence
  • So good to see him skate like this again!

Adam Rippon, USA: 84.47 TES + 86.94 PCS = 171.41 Total: 259.36 and into 4th place

  • Double axel
  • Triple flip + triple loop
  • Double axel
  • There is so much detail in this program that you can’t get tired watching it, as you find something new each time
  • Triple axel + double toe + double loop tight but fights for it; loop was downgraded
  • Nice triple axel with a good transition out
  • Good triple flip + triple toe
  • Triple salchow
  • Triple lutz
  • I love that he is able to use his head and arms to truly embody the character and become a bird
  • Great speed in his spins
  • Such a nice layback position with great use of his arms

Dmitri Aliev, RUS: 85.39 TES + 85.14 PCS -2.00 = 168.53 Total: 267.51 and into 3rd place

  • Got too close to the boards at the start of the program and has to grab them to stay upright
  • Quad toe + triple toe
  • Quad toe really off in the air and landed on his side; looks like he’s really feeling it and having trouble getting back into it
  • Triple axel off in the air and sits down
  • Grabs at his hip when he stands up but goes into his spin
  • He has some truly gorgeous pictures, lines, and choreography
  • Triple lutz
  • Triple axel + double toe
  • Double loop + single loop + triple salchow
  • Triple flip
  • Triple loop
  • Definitely a courageous performance from him

Boyang Jin, CHN: 109.69 TES + 85.76 PCS -1.00 = 194.45 Total: 297.77 and into 1st place

  • Quad lutz almost hits the boards on the landing
  • Quad salchow
  • Triple axel + single loop + triple salchow
  • I love the freedom and the playfulness of this step sequence…he is truly working to be an all around skater
  • Quad toe fall
  • Quad toe + triple toe
  • Triple axel
  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • Triple flip
  • Definitely had some nerves get to him and that likely will go behind Nathan, it’s really going to depend on what they do with the program components.  It will be close.

Patrick Chan, CAN: 81.56 TES + 91.86 PCS = 173.42 Total: 263.43 and into 6th place

  • Quad toe + double toe
  • Triple toe (intended quad) and step out
  • Triple axel + single loop + double salchow
  • The edge quality and movement in this choreographic sequence is truly in a class of it’s own
  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • Triple axel hand down
  • Double loop
  • There’s something so difficult about skating to one piece of music, and having it be a subtle, quiet piece, and being able to hold an arena’s attention for the entire four and a half minutes…truly a gift
  • Triple flip
  • Double axel
  • Truly artistic and spellbinding step sequence–as he’s done in the past, gets too deep into an edge and into the performance and has a balance check
  • What a gorgeous program to end his competitive career

Yuzuru Hanyu, JPN: 109.55 TES + 96.92 PCS = 206.17 Total: 317.85 and into 1st place

  • Quad salchow
  • Nice quad toe
  • Triple flip
  • A bit slow in his combination spin
  • Quad salchow + triple toe
  • Quad toe flips out but somehow manages to stay standing, not done in combination so he only earns 80% of the base value
  • Triple axel + single loop + triple salchow
  • Triple loop
  • Triple lutz really forward on the landing and somehow doesn’t fall but does step out
  • Great hydroblade in his choreographic sequence
  • This won’t be enough to beat Chen in the free skate, but he’s done enough to go ahead of Jin and Chen

Javier Fernandez, ESP: 101.52 TES + 96.14 PCS = 197.66 Total: 305.24 and into 2nd place

  • Quad toe
  • Quad salchow + double toe and I have no idea how he landed that
  • Triple axel + triple toe a little back on the landing of the toe
  • Popped his quad salchow into a double
  • Ina Bauer into a nice triple loop
  • Good triple axel
  • Triple flip + single loop + triple salchow
  • Good triple lutz
  • A little balance check in the step sequence
  • It’s going to be close to get ahead of Jin and Chen, going to come down to components

Shoma Uno, JPN: 111.01 TES + 92.72 PCS -1.00 = 202.73 Total: 306.90 and into 2nd place

  • Two footed and fall on the quad loop–will have to check the rotation
  • Quad flip
  • Triple loop
  • Spread eagle into a triple axel and really held onto it
  • Quad toe under-rotated? two footed + double toe
  • Quad toe
  • Triple axel + single loop + triple flip
  • Triple salchow + triple toe tight
  • If these rotations hold up he’ll be on the podium, but there were some dodgy landings
Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 CHEN Nathan USA 215.08 127.64 87.44 8.82 8.32 9.04 8.79 8.75 0.00 #9
2 HANYU Yuzuru JPN 206.17 109.55 96.62 9.71 9.50 9.64 9.71 9.75 0.00 #22
3 UNO Shoma JPN 202.73 111.01 92.72 9.36 9.07 9.25 9.32 9.36 1.00 #24
4 FERNANDEZ Javier ESP 197.66 101.52 96.14 9.46 9.43 9.64 9.79 9.75 0.00 #23
5 JIN Boyang CHN 194.45 109.69 85.76 8.71 8.21 8.64 8.68 8.64 1.00 #20
6 ZHOU Vincent USA 192.16 112.24 79.92 8.04 7.71 8.25 7.96 8.00 0.00 #15
7 KOLYADA Mikhail OAR 177.56 91.62 87.94 9.00 8.64 8.68 8.86 8.79 2.00 #16
8 CHAN Patrick CAN 173.42 81.56 91.86 9.32 9.14 8.86 9.29 9.32 0.00 #21
9 BYCHENKO Alexei ISR 172.88 89.08 83.80 8.39 8.04 8.61 8.43 8.43 0.00 #7
10 RIPPON Adam USA 171.41 84.47 86.94 8.75 8.54 8.68 8.71 8.79 0.00 #18
11 SAMOHIN Daniel ISR 170.75 89.03 81.72 8.32 7.75 8.32 8.18 8.29 0.00 #8
12 MESSING Keegan CAN 170.32 84.88 85.44 8.50 8.29 8.61 8.61 8.71 0.00 #14
13 ALIEV Dmitri OAR 168.53 85.39 85.14 8.64 8.39 8.32 8.61 8.61 2.00 #19
14 CHA Junhwan KOR 165.16 84.94 81.22 8.21 7.86 8.25 8.11 8.18 1.00 #11
15 TANAKA Keiji JPN 164.78 85.64 81.14 8.36 7.89 8.00 8.18 8.14 2.00 #5
16 HENDRICKX Jorik BEL 164.21 81.79 82.42 8.25 7.96 8.36 8.25 8.39 0.00 #13
17 GE Misha UZB 161.04 74.96 86.08 8.46 8.36 8.54 8.75 8.93 0.00 #10
18 BREZINA Michal CZE 160.92 76.58 84.34 8.57 8.21 8.39 8.57 8.43 0.00 #17
19 RIZZO Matteo ITA 156.78 80.86 75.92 7.64 7.32 7.79 7.64 7.57 0.00 #2
20 VASILJEVS Deniss LAT 155.06 76.42 80.64 8.14 7.86 7.96 8.18 8.18 2.00 #1
21 KERRY Brendan AUS 150.75 73.33 77.42 7.96 7.54 7.68 7.82 7.71 0.00 #12
22 FENTZ Paul GER 139.82 66.98 72.84 7.50 7.14 7.14 7.39 7.25 0.00 #3
23 YAN Han CHN 132.38 53.80 79.58 8.36 7.82 7.57 8.04 8.00 1.00 #4
24 KVITELASHVILI Morisi GEO 128.01 63.35 70.66 7.43 6.86 6.68 7.32 7.04 6.00 #6

 

Total

Pl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 HANYU Yuzuru
JPN
317.85 1 2
2 UNO Shoma
JPN
306.90 3 3
3 FERNANDEZ Javier
ESP
305.24 2 4
4 JIN Boyang
CHN
297.77 4 5
5 CHEN Nathan
USA
297.35 17 1
6 ZHOU Vincent
USA
276.69 12 6
7 ALIEV Dmitri
OAR
267.51 5 13
8 KOLYADA Mikhail
OAR
264.25 8 7
9 CHAN Patrick
CAN
263.43 6 8
10 RIPPON Adam
USA
259.36 7 10
11 BYCHENKO Alexei
ISR
257.01 13 9
12 MESSING Keegan
CAN
255.43 10 12
13 SAMOHIN Daniel
ISR
251.44 18 11
14 HENDRICKX Jorik
BEL
248.95 11 16
15 CHA Junhwan
KOR
248.59 15 14
16 BREZINA Michal
CZE
246.07 9 18
17 GE Misha
UZB
244.94 14 17
18 TANAKA Keiji
JPN
244.83 20 15
19 VASILJEVS Deniss
LAT
234.58 21 20
20 KERRY Brendan
AUS
233.81 16 21
21 RIZZO Matteo
ITA
232.41 23 19
22 FENTZ Paul
GER
214.55 24 22
23 YAN Han
CHN
213.01 19 23
24 KVITELASHVILI Morisi
GEO
204.57 22 24

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

2018 US Nationals Senior Men’s Preview

As a group, these men have won 71 national medals.  They have earned three medals at Four Continents and seven World Junior medals.  They won 7 medals on the Grand Prix and 6 medals on the Junior Grand Prix this season in addition to 7 medals in the Challenger Series.  The 1st, 2nd 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st  place finishers from last year are returning along with the  and  1st 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, 176+ in the free skate and 261+ total.  The short program will be held on Thursday, January 4th with the free skate on Saturday, January 6th.

The men’s field is one of the more competitive and deep in the US right now, with five different men holding top ten scores and three men qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.  Three additional men in this field hold top ten junior scores, and two qualified for the Grand Prix Final.  In this field are the reigning Grand Prix Final and reigning Junior Grand Prix Final Champions.

Nathan Chen is the reigning national Champion and has not lost an event this season, defeating Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno in head to head events.  No matter what happens here, he should receive a spot on the Olympic team based on his resume the last two seasons, however, it would be a shock for him to not win, let alone miss the top three.  He holds the 2nd best total score internationally, but his best segment scores were set at different events.  The only thing he hasn’t done this season is break the 300 point mark, and that would be a big step for him at this event heading into the Olympics.  His short program has been the same throughout the season with a quad lutz + triple toe and quad flip and triple axel in the bonus.  He has been messing with his free skate layout, but as of now it looks like the quad salchow will be out of the program and he’ll be going for just 5 quads.  His most recent layout had a quad lutz + triple toe, quad flip, and quad lutz, quad toe + single loop + double salchow, and quad toe in the bonus.

Adam Rippon holds the 7th best total score internationally and won two medals en route to qualifying for the Grand Prix Final this season.  His short program has a triple flip + triple toe, triple axel, and triple lutz in the bonus.  He has been going for the quad lutz all season in the free skate, but hasn’t hit it so far.  He’s had some under-rotations and some downgrades, but usually stands up on it.  His success is largely due to skating clean programs after the quad with all positive GOEs, Level 4s and great program component marks.

Max Aaron won one medal on the Grand Prix this season and has the 9th best international score of the season, however his best segments were set at different events.  His short program has a quad toe + triple toe, quad salchow, and a triple axel in the bonus.  His free skate has a quad toe + double toe, quad salchow, and a quad toe in the bonus along with two triple axels.

Jason Brown has the 10th best score internationally this season, but his best segment scores came from different events.  He qualified for his first Grand Prix Final this season after Boyang Jin had to withdraw.  He hasn’t been including the quad in his programs at all, except for earlier this season but has been practicing it in San Jose.  His short program has a triple axel, triple flip + triple toe, and a triple lutz in the bonus.  A free skate with a quad would likely have a quad toe as the first jump with his triple axel + triple toe, triple lutz + half loop + triple salchow, and triple lutz + triple toe combinations in the bonus.

Vincent Zhou has the 10th best free skate internationally.  While he finished 2nd at Nationals last season, he was left off the World team as he didn’t have the required minimum scores, but he did take home the Junior World title.  His short program includes a quad lutz + triple toe, quad flip, and a triple axel in the bonus.  Like Chen, he is planning a five quad free skate with a quad lutz + triple toe, quad flip, quad salchow + double toe, and a quad toe and quad lutz in the bonus.  He also has an extremely difficult triple lutz + single loop + triple flip combination as the last jump in his free skate.

A few junior international skaters are competing at this event, and while the podium may be out of reach, they’re competing for a spot on the Junior Worlds team and setting themselves up for the post Olympic period.

Alexei Krasnozhon holds the best short program, 2nd best free skate, and best total scores as a Junior this season.  He is undefeated at the junior level and is the reigning Junior Grand Prix Final Champion.  He has one quad in his junior level free skate and it will be interesting to see what he does here for a senior level program.

Andrew Torgashev holds the 8th best total score internationally as a junior, and had a great season qualifying for the Junior Grand Prix Final, however his scores got worst as the season went on, and he scored under 200 points at the Final.

Tomoki Hiwatshi did not qualify for the Final, but he did win two medals on the Junior Grand Prix and has the 10th best score this season.  He is a former World Junior medalist, but hasn’t had as much success nationally the last few years.

With all of these quads, clean programs have been hard to come by this season, and most skaters have been tweaking their programs, changing the quads or rearranging the layouts, which means the muscle memory is not as high.  But by this point in the season, we should be expecting to see clean programs.

Nathan Chen has the highest planned base value for jumps in the short program with 40.78 points.  Vincent Zhou is a close second with 39.55 points.  Of the top five men competing, Rippon and Brown sit way back, each with a base value of 24.70 points.  If everyone hits their jumps cleanly, Rippon and Brown need 16 more points from GOEs and PCS than Chen and Zhou receive which would be almost impossible.

The difference is even more glaring in the free skate where Zhou has a planned base value of 97 points and Chen has a base value of 86 (largely due to a double salchow he had at his last two events while he was trying for a quad salchow and will likely be replaced with a higher value jump).  Rippon, Aaron, and Brown (if he goes for the quad toe) are all on equal footing around 71-74 points.

If Brown goes for the quad toe in the free skate, his total base value for all the jumps in both his short program and free skate is 95.44 points.  Zhou’s planned base value for his free skate alone is nearly 2 points higher.  However, jumps are only part of the game and Zhou did not win a medal on the Grand Prix while Brown qualified for the Final.

Chen’s short programs have largely been solid this season, and he has the three highest total element scores for the short program, never dropping below 57 points, and over 10 points better than the next best competitor’s cleanest program.  Zhou has been all over the map, posting the 2nd highest score after Chen with 45.66 points and the lowest of the top 5 men at 32.12 points.

For program components, Chen again has the highest score, just over 45 points, but all three of Jason Brown’s scores come next and are within .3 of a point of each other.  Zhou holds the two lowest program component scores of any of these men.

In the free skate, Zhou and Chen are the only two to score about 100 points on their elements, while Aaron and Rippon have each scored above 90.  Brown has the three lowest technical scores, with his highest barely reaching the 80s.  However, Brown holds the top three program component scores and is the only one of the US men to top 90.  Rippon and Chen come next and again, Vincent Zhou has the two lowest scores.

For Zhou the most concerning thing is that he was able to skate a decent free skate and score over 100 points on the technical side on the free, still considered a gold standard to achieve, yet he was not able to win a medal.  He has never skated a clean short this season and often finds himself digging out of a hole, and his program component scores are not doing him any favors.  However, if he skates a clean program with five quads in front of his home crowd, he might see inflated PCS marks.

 

Short Program TES

Nathan Chen: 59.56 (SA)

Nathan Chen: 58.14 (GPF)

Nathan Chen: 57.57 (RC)

Vincent Zhou: 45.66 (CoC)

Jason Brown: 45.64 (SC)

Adam Rippon: 45.04 (SA)

Max Aaron: 44.50 (CoC)

Jason Brown: 44.30 (GPF)

Adam Rippon: 43.16 (NHK)

Adam Rippon: 42.59 (GPF)

Max Aaron: 41.54 (IDF)

Jason Brown: 40.58 (NHK)

Vincent Zhou: 32.12 (IDF)

Short Program PCS

Nathan Chen: 45.18 (GPF)

Jason Brown: 45.07 (SC)

Jason Brown: 44.78 (NHK)

Jason Brown: 44.72 (GPF)

Nathan Chen: 44.56 (SA)

Adam Rippon: 44.00 (SA)

Adam Rippon: 43.60 (GPF)

Nathan Chen: 42.97 (RC)

Adam Rippon: 41.79 (NHK)

Max Aaron: 38.61 (CoC)

Max Aaron: 38.10 (IDF)

Vincent Zhou: 36.57 (CoC)

Vincent Zhou: 36.00 (IDF)

Free Skate TES

Nathan Chen: 104.85 (RC)

Vincent Zhou: 102.35 (RC)

Max Aaron: 96.60 (CoC)

Nathan Chen: 95.75 (GPF)

Adam Rippon: 91.46 (NHK)

Adam Rippon: 88.91 (SA)

Vincent Zhou: 88.57 (IDF)

Nathan Chen: 86.68 (SA)

Max Aaron: 82.70 (IDF)

Adam Rippon: 81.78 (GPF)

Jason Brown: 80.77 (SC)

Jason Brown: 75.71 (GPF)

Jason Brown: 72.73 (NHK)

Free Skate PCS

Jason Brown: 90.66 (SC)

Jason Brown: 90.08 (GPF)

Jason Brown: 89.86 (NHK)

Adam Rippon: 88.50 (SA)

Nathan Chen: 88.44 (GPF)

Nathan Chen: 88.40 (RC)

Adam Rippon: 87.36 (GPF)

Nathan Chen: 87.08 (SA)

Adam Rippon: 85.58 (NHK)

Max Aaron: 79.98 (CoC)

Max Aaron: 75.86 (IDF)

Vincent Zhou: 75.08 (CoC)

Vincent Zhou: 69.52 (IDF)

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Nathan Chen

Silver: Adam Rippon

Bronze: Vincent Zhou

Pewter: Jason Brown

 

Bios of the competitors:

Max Aaron: He is 25 years old and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  He won bronze at Cup of China and placed 7th at Internationaux de France.  He won silver at the US International Figure Skating Classic.  He finished 9th last season, is the 2016 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.  He has the 9th best free skate and 9th best total scores internationally.

Jason Brown: He is 23 and represents the Skokie Valley Skating Club.  He finished 7th at Worlds and 6th at Four Continents last season.  He won silver at Skate Canada and placed 4th at NHK Trophy to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where he finished 6th.  He won silver at Lombardia Trophy.  He is the 2013 Junior Worlds Silver Medalist and the 2012 Junior Worlds Bronze Medalist.  He is the reigning Bronze Medalist, 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.  He has the 9th best short program, 8th best free skate, and 10th best total scores internationally.

Nathan Chen: He is 18 years old and represents the Salt Lake Figure Skating Club.  He finished 6th at Worlds and is the reigning Four Continents Champion.  He won gold at Rostelecom Cup and gold at Skate America to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where he won gold.  He won gold at the US International Figure Skating Classic.  He is the 2014 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  He is the reigning Champion, 2016 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.  He has the 4th best short program, 3rd best free skate, and 2nd best total scores internationally.

Timothy Dolensky: He is 25 and represents the Atlanta Figure Skating Club.  He placed 6th at the US International Figure Skating Classic.  He finished 7th last season, 7th in 2016, 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 26 and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  He placed 14th last season, 11th in 2016, 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 gold at Southwest Pacific Regionals and bronze at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Tomoki Hiwatshi: He is 17 years old and competes for the DuPage Figure Skating Club.  He won bronze at JGP Latvia and bronze at JGP Italy.  He is the 2016 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  He finished 15th last season, is the 2016 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.  He has the 10th best short program and 10th best total scores internationally as a junior.

Grant Hochstein: He is 27 and represents the Skating Club of New York.  He finished 9th at Four Continents last season.  He placed 11th at Rostelecom Cup and 9th at Cup of China.  He placed 4th at Ondrej Nepela Trophy.  He is the reigning Pewter Medalist, 2016 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.

Ben Jalovick: He is 24 years old and represents the Centennial 7k Skating Club.  He finished 15th in seniors in 2016, 11th in juniors in 2015, 11th as a junior in 2014 and 17th as an intermediate in 2011.  He won gold at Southwestern Regionals and pewter at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Alexander Johnson: He is 27 and represents the Braemar-City of Lakes Figure Skating Club.  He won silver at Nebelhorn Trophy and finished 9th at Golden Spin of Zagbreb.  He finished 6th last season, 6th in 2016, 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 gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Alexei Krasnozhon: He is 17 years old and represents the Dallas Figure Skating Club.  He placed 8th at Junior Worlds.  He won gold at JGP Croatia and gold at JGP Australia to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final were he won gold.  He won silver at Tallinn Trophy.  He is the reigning Junior Champion, 2016 Junior Bronze Medalist, and 2015 Junior Pewter Medalist.  He has the best short program, 2nd best free skate, and best total scores internationally as a junior.

Daniel Kulenkamp: He is 22 years old and competes for the Figure Skating Club of Southern California.  He finished 16th last season, 10th in 2016, 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 silver at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Jimmy Ma: He is 22 years old and represents the Ice House of New Jersey Figure Skating Club.  He finished 20th last season, 16th in 2016, 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.

Ross Miner: He is 26 and represents the Skating Club of Boston.  He finished 6th at Skate America.  He placed 6th at the Autumn Classic International and 5th at Finlandia Trophy.  He is the 2012 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  He finished 5th last season, 5th in 2016, 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 22 years old and represents the Northern Ice Skating Club.  He placed 10th at Lombardia Trophy.  He finished 10th last season, 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 bronze at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Sebastien Payannet: He is 23 and represents the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club.  He finished 21st last season, 14th in 2016, and 20th in 2015.  He won silver at Southwest Pacific Regionals and pewter at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Sean Rabbitt: He is 27 and represents the Glacier Falls Figure Skating Club.  He placed 8th at the US International Figure Skating Classic.  He finished 8th last season, 9th in 2016, 12th in 2015, 14th in 2014 and 19th in 2013.  He won gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Adam Rippon: He is 28 and represents the Skating Club of New York.  He won silver at NHK Trophy and silver at Skate America to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where he placed 5th.  He won bronze at Finlandia Trophy.  He is the 2010 Four Continents Champion and the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Champion.  He is the 2016 Champion, 2015 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 Silver Medalist, finished 6th in intermediate in 2004 and 7th in juvenile in 2003.  He has the 7th best free skate and 7th best total scores internationally.

Emmanuel Savary: He is 20 years old and represents the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club.  He finished 13th last season, 13th in 2016, 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 pewter at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Kevin Shum: He is 20 years old and represents the Skating Club of Boston.  He is the 2015 and 2016 Junior Silver Medalist, finished 6th in juniors in 2014, is the 2012 Novice Pewter Medalist, finished 9th as a novice in 2011 and 6th as an intermediate in 2010.  He won silver at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Andrew Torgashev: He is 16 years old and represents the Panthers Figure Skating Club.  He placed 25th at Junior Worlds last season.  He won silver at JGP Belarus and placed 4th at JGP Italy to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where he placed 6th.  He placed 6th at the Warsaw Cup.  He finished 11th last season, is the 2015 Junior Champion, 2014 Novice Pewter Medalist, 2013 Intermediate Men’s Champion, 2012 Juvenile Boys Champion and 2011 Juvenile Boys Bronze Medalist.  He has the 9th best short program, 8th best free skate, and 8th best total scores internationally as a junior.

Vincent Zhou: He is 17 years old and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  He is the reigning World Junior Champion.  He placed 4th at Cup of China and 9th at Internationaux de France.  He won silver at Finlandia Trophy.  He is the reigning Silver Medalist, finished 8th in 2016, is the 2013 Junior Champion, 2012 Novice Champion, 2011 Intermediate Champion and placed 5th in juvenile in 2010.  He has the 10th best free skate score internationally.

2017 Internationaux de France Men’s Preview

With two events to go in the Grand Prix series, only Mikhail Kolyada has secured his place in the Final with 26 points.  Jason Brown has 22 points, and while it is unlikely, he still has a shot at the Final depending on how everyone else skates.  Six men at this event have a shot of making the Final, but most will need a gold medal to do so.

Shoma Uno is the only skater to score over 300 points this season and has done so twice, at Lombardia Trophy and Skate Canada.  He needs a gold, silver, or bronze medal to qualify for the Final, while a 4th place finish would still give him a strong chance.  At Lombardia Trophy he hit the quad flip and quad toe + triple toe, while at Skate Canada he only added a double to the combination.  He earned all positive GOEs in Canada, worth 10 points, and his program components were his highest of the season ranging from the low to mid 9s.  He even received three 10.00 marks, but they were all from the same judge.  He has been playing with the layout of his free skate and did not attempt the quad salchow at Skate Canada that he had landed at Lombardia Trophy.  He has three quads and a triple axel combination in the bonus, although his solo quad toe was under-rotated in Canada.  He completed four quads, and two of them had positive GOEs.  At Lombardia Trophy, he landed five quads, four with positive GOEs.  His biggest difference in scores between events, definitely has to be on the GOE side.  At Lombardia Trophy, he earned a whopping 23 points from GOEs in his free skate, while at Skate Canada, he only earned 6.  His program components were similar between events, in the high 8s to mid 9s.  He has the 2nd best short program, best free skate, and best total scores.

Javier Fernandez is out of the running for the Grand Prix Final after a 6th place finish at Cup of China, his worst finish since 2010.  His short program is intended to include a quad toe + double toe and a quad salchow.  However, in China he missed his opening quad.  At both events he earned all Level 4s, but he lost ground in China with a messy triple axel.  His program components were similar at both events, in the low to mid 9s.  His free skate is intended to have a quad toe and a quad salchow + triple toe.  He landed a quad salchow in his free skate in China, but tripled his opening quad, missed his triple axel combination, doubled a flip and earned negative GOEs on three of his jumps.  He did earn all Level 4s and had program components in the high 8s to low 9s.  He has the 4th best short program, 6th best free skate, and 5th best total scores, although they all came from the Autumn Classic International.

Max Aaron won the bronze medal at Cup of China with a personal best free skate score.  He needs a gold medal to guarantee a spot in the Final.  He landed a quad toe + double toe and a quad salchow in his short program, although the opening quad and his triple axel received negative GOEs.  Overall, he earned only tenths of a point from GOEs for this program.  His program components were better than earlier in the season, in the mid to high 7s.  In the free skate he landed a quad toe + double toe, quad salchow, and a quad toe in the bonus.  Both of his triple axels are in the bonus, along with a triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow combination.  He also earned Level 4 on his spins and his step sequence and only had two very slight negative GOEs.  His program components were some of his best, in the high 7s to low 8s.  He has the 9th best free skate and 8th best total scores.

Vincent Zhou finished 4th in his Grand Prix debut at Cup of China.  He needs a gold medal to keep himself in the running for the Final.  He started off with a bang with a clean quad lutz + triple toe worth 19.76 points.  However, he fell on a fully rotated quad flip and had his triple axel under-rotated and fell on it.  He also under-rotated the triple axel and his solo flip at Finlandia Trophy.  At both events, his GOEs actually lost him points on the technical score.  His program components were much better in China, scoring in the low to mid 7s.  His free skate had a quad lutz + triple toe that was again well done, earning him 19.90 points.  He also attempted a quad flip, quad salchow, quad lutz, and quad salchow + double toe.  The solo salchow and lutz were both under-rotated and he fell on the salchow.  He also has one triple axel in the bonus and a triple lutz + single loop + triple flip combination.  His program was a bit cleaner at Finlandia, but his jump content was a lot more difficult in China, and he did score over 100 points on the technical side.  His program components were all in the mid 7s.  He has the 10th best free skate score.

Alexei Bychenko won bronze at NHK Trophy last week.  His short program includes a quad toe and a triple lutz + triple toe.  He earned all positive GOEs and had program components in the mid 7s to low 8s.  His free skate has a quad toe + triple toe and a quad toe.  He doubled a loop and had a messy landing on a triple axel, but otherwise the program was fairly clean.  His program components were in the high 7s to low 8s.  He needs a gold medal to guarantee a spot in the Final.

Alexander Samarin won bronze in his Grand Prix debut at Skate Canada with personal best scores across the board.  He needs a gold medal to guarantee a spot in the Final.  His short program includes a quad lutz + triple toe and a quad toe, although neither are in the bonus.  His triple axel was under-rotated and earned negative GOEs.  His program components were on the lower side, in the low to high 7s.  His free skate includes a quad lutz and a quad toe.  His only errors were under-rotating his triple axel combination and a messy double axel at the end of the program.  He only earned Level 3 on his spins, so that is an area he could improve on.  His program components were slightly better, in the mid 7s to low 8s.

Misha Ge finished 4th at Rostelecom Cup with personal best scores across the board.  He hasn’t included a quad in his short program at either of his events this season, but he has landed his triple lutz + triple toe and triple flip.  He earned all positive GOEs at Rostelecom Cup and had program components in the low to mid 8s.  His free skate also does not include a quad and while he has five jumping passes in the bonus, two are his lower value double axels.  He earned all positive GOEs in Russia, worth 11 points, and had program components in the low to mid 8s.  He needs a gold medal to keep himself in the running for the Final.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Shoma Uno

Silver: Javier Fernandez

Bronze: Vincent Zhou

 

Bios of the competitors:

Kevin Aymoz, FRA: He placed 15th at Europeans and 7th at Junior Worlds.  He finished 4th at JGP France and 6th at JGP Slovenia last season.  This is his Grand Prix debut.  His personal best is 218.63.  He is 20 years old.

Romain Ponsart, FRA: His personal best is 184.12.  He is 25 years old.

Moris Kvitelashvili, GEO: He placed 13th at Worlds and 6th at Europeans.  He finished 5th at Rostelecom Cup last season.  His personal best is 250.26.  He is 22 years old.

Alexei Bychenko, ISR: He finished 10th at Worlds and 5th at Europeans.  He won bronze at NHK Trophy.  He is the 2016 European Silver Medalist.  His personal best is 255.52.  He is 29 years old.

Shoma Uno, JPN: He is the reigning World Silver Medalist and reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalist. He won gold at Skate Canada.  He is the 2015 World Junior Champion.  His personal best is 319.84.  He is 19 years old.

Denis Ten, KAZ: He finished 16th at Worlds.  He placed 9th at Rostelecom Cup.  He is the 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2013 World Silver Medalist, 2015 World Bronze Medalist, and 2015 Four Continents Champion.  His personal best is 289.46.  He is 24 years old.

Alexander Samarin, RUS: He placed 8th at Europeans and is the reigning World Junior Bronze Medalist.  He won bronze at Skate Canada.  His personal best is 250.06.  He is 19 years old.

Javier Fernandez, ESP: He finished 4th at Worlds and is the reigning European Champion.  He placed 6th at Cup of China.  He is the 2015 and 2016 World Champion; 2013 and 2014 World Bronze Medalist; and 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 European Champion.  His personal best is 314.93.  He is 26 years old.

Max Aaron, USA: He won bronze at Cup of China.  His personal best is 261.56.  He is 25 years old.

Vincent Zhou, USA: He is the reigning World Junior Champion.  He placed 4th at Cup of China.  His personal best is 258.11.  He is 17 years old.

Misha Ge, UZB: He placed 12th at Worlds and 7th at Four Continents.  He finished 4th at Rostelecom Cup.  His personal best is 255.33.  He is 26 years old.

2017 Cup of China Men’s Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Mikhail KOLYADA RUS 103.13 59.63 43.50 8.75 8.36 8.93 8.75 8.71 0.00 #11
2 Boyang JIN CHN 93.89 52.67 41.22 8.32 8.07 8.29 8.29 8.25 0.00 #10
3 Javier FERNANDEZ ESP 90.57 44.35 46.22 9.11 9.18 9.18 9.29 9.46 0.00 #12
4 Keiji TANAKA JPN 87.19 47.91 39.28 7.89 7.57 7.93 7.93 7.96 0.00 #7
5 Max AARON USA 83.11 44.50 38.61 7.89 7.50 7.79 7.75 7.68 0.00 #9
6 Han YAN CHN 82.22 41.36 40.86 8.36 8.07 8.07 8.18 8.18 0.00 #4
7 Grant HOCHSTEIN USA 80.55 42.68 37.87 7.54 7.29 7.61 7.64 7.79 0.00 #5
8 Vincent ZHOU USA 80.23 45.66 36.57 7.43 7.21 7.04 7.57 7.32 2.00 #6
9 Alexander PETROV RUS 68.58 32.44 36.14 7.43 7.04 7.21 7.32 7.14 0.00 #8
10 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 64.40 31.30 35.10 7.14 6.96 6.71 7.11 7.18 2.00 #3
11 Alexander MAJOROV SWE 64.27 31.16 34.11 6.86 6.61 6.64 7.00 7.00 1.00 #2
12 He ZHANG CHN 46.99 17.95 30.04 6.43 5.79 5.71 6.18 5.93 1.00 #1

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Max AARON USA 176.58 96.60 79.98 8.21 7.71 8.18 8.00 7.89 0.00 #8
2 Vincent ZHOU USA 176.43 102.35 75.08 7.64 7.29 7.50 7.61 7.50 1.00 #5
3 Mikhail KOLYADA RUS 176.25 90.11 87.14 8.89 8.57 8.54 8.82 8.75 1.00 #12
4 Han YAN CHN 172.39 88.67 83.72 8.54 8.04 8.46 8.39 8.43 0.00 #7
5 Boyang JIN CHN 170.59 92.81 78.78 8.21 7.54 7.89 7.86 7.89 1.00 #11
6 Javier FERNANDEZ ESP 162.49 72.93 89.56 8.89 8.96 8.61 9.18 9.14 0.00 #10
7 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 162.10 88.16 73.94 7.43 7.18 7.43 7.54 7.39 0.00 #1
8 Keiji TANAKA JPN 159.98 81.40 79.58 8.04 7.79 7.89 8.00 8.07 1.00 #9
9 Grant HOCHSTEIN USA 135.89 63.83 73.06 7.43 7.14 7.11 7.39 7.46 1.00 #4
10 Alexander MAJOROV SWE 121.77 53.63 69.14 7.00 6.79 6.75 6.96 7.07 1.00 #2
11 He ZHANG CHN 120.59 59.15 61.44 6.50 5.86 6.14 6.18 6.04 0.00 #3
12 Alexander PETROV RUS 117.44 56.04 67.40 6.96 6.64 6.32 6.96 6.82 6.00 #6

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Mikhail KOLYADA
RUS
279.38 1 3
2 Boyang JIN
CHN
264.48 2 5
3 Max AARON
USA
259.69 5 1
4 Vincent ZHOU
USA
256.66 8 2
5 Han YAN
CHN
254.61 6 4
6 Javier FERNANDEZ
ESP
253.06 3 6
7 Keiji TANAKA
JPN
247.17 4 8
8 Kevin REYNOLDS
CAN
226.50 10 7
9 Grant HOCHSTEIN
USA
216.44 7 9
10 Alexander MAJOROV
SWE
186.04 11 10
11 Alexander PETROV
RUS
186.02 9 12
12 He ZHANG
CHN
167.58 12 11

2017 Cup of China Men’s Preview

Two men are making their Grand Prix debut at this event, including World Junior Champion Vincent Zhou.  Out of this group, only Javier Fernandez qualified for the Grand Prix Final last season.  Vincent Zhou is the youngest competitor at 17 years old, while Kevin Reynolds and Grant Hochstein are both 27.  Boyang Jin and Javier Fernandez both have personal best scores above 300.

This will definitely be a quad heavy event.  Fernandez, Aaron, Jin, and Zhou all have two quads in their short programs while Kolyada has one.  In the free skate, Jin and Zhou plan four quads, Aaron and Kolyada have three, and Fernandez has two.  Fernandez and Aaron’s hardest quad is the salchow, while Kolyada and Jin’s hardest quad is the lutz.  Zhou stands alone with the quad lutz and the quad flip in his arsenal.

Javier Fernandez is starting his 9th season on the Grand Prix.  He has won ten medals, including five consecutive golds.  He has qualified for the Final five times, medaling three times, but he has never won gold.  He won gold at the Autumn Classic International to start the Olympic season.  He landed a quad toe + double toe and a quad salchow in his short program with all Level 4 spins and step sequences.  He earned all positive GOEs worth 10 points and had program components in the low to mid 9s.  His one big technical weakness at that event was not landing a quad + triple combo, and not having at least one quad in the bonus.  He finished nearly 12 points behind Hanyu in the short program at the Autumn Classic International.  Hanyu landed a quad toe + triple toe in the bonus that earned 18.86 points, while Fernandez’s quad toe + double toe as the opening element in his program earned 13.60 points.  The five point gap in one element makes up half the difference between their scores.  His free skate included a quad toe and a quad salchow + triple toe.  He had a downgraded triple salchow (with a fall), popped triple axel, and an edge call on a triple flip.  He also only earned a Level 2 for his step sequence but his program components were in the low to mid 9s.  He has the 3rd best short program, 5th best free skate, and 4th best total scores.

Max Aaron is entering his 5th season on the Grand Prix, and has won three medals.  His last medal was a gold at Skate America in 2015.  He won silver at the US International Figure Skating Classic to start his season.  His short program includes a quad toe and a quad salchow + triple toe.  His program components were in the low to high 7s.  His free skate included a quad toe + double toe (likely triple), quad salchow, and a quad toe in the bonus.  He also completed two triple axels in the bonus along with a triple salchow + single loop + triple salchow combination.  His only negative GOE came on the quad salchow and his program components were in the mid 7s to low 8s.  He has the 7th best free skate and 6th best total scores.

Mikhail Kolyada won bronze at Rostelecom Cup, his first Grand Prix medal, with a new personal best free skate score.  A gold medal here would all but guarantee him a spot in the Final while a silver or bronze would keep him in the running.  His cleanest short program this season was at Finlandia Trophy, where he landed a quad toe + triple toe and he earned all positive GOEs.  However, he had much higher program components at Rostelecom Cup, ranging from the mid to high 8s.  He has a quad lutz, quad salchow, and quad toe planned in his free skate but hasn’t landed all three of them in competition yet.  In fact, he had three falls in his free skate at Rostelecom Cup.  As he had done earlier this season, he earned Level 4 on all of his spins and step sequence and his program components were again highest at Rostelecom Cup in the high 8s to low 9s.  These are all the more impressive considering his three falls.  He has the 7th best short program, 4th best free skate, and 7th best total scores.

Boyang Jin will be competing for his third season on the Grand Prix, and has won three silver medals.  He has qualified for the Final one time, in 2015.  He won gold at Finlandia Trophy earlier this season.  His short program there featured a quad lutz + triple toe and a quad toe (under-rotated and fall) in the bonus.  His program components were in the mid to high 7s.  His free skate includes a quad lutz, quad salchow (under-rotated and fall), quad toe + double toe (under-rotated), and a quad toe.  He also under-rotated and missed the second triple in his triple + triple combination  and fell on an under-rotated triple + triple combination late in the program.  He has difficult content, but last season it took him a long time to be able to land everything cleanly.  He lost about a point from his technical score after GOEs were taken into effect.  His program components were in the low to high 7s.  He has the 10th best short program and 10th best total score.

Vincent Zhou is making his Grand Prix debut after winning the World Junior title last season.  He won silver at Finlandia Trophy in his senior debut.  His short program at that event was a bit of a rough go with an under-rotated quad lutz and triple axel, but he landed a quad flip + triple toe with positive GOEs.  After the GOEs were factored in, however, he lost nearly 5 points on his technical score.  His program components were also on the lower side in the high 6s to low 7s.  His free skate included a quad lutz, quad flip, quad salchow, and quad toe.  He popped a triple axel but that was the only major error in the program.  His program components were better, in the mid 7s.  These are likely to improve as the season goes on, as he gets more comfortable and well known on the senior circuit.  He has the 8th best free skate score.

Han Yan is competing for his 5th season on the Grand Prix and has won two total medals, however he had the worst finish of his career last year, placing 10th at Skate Canada.  He qualified for the Final his first year on the Grand Prix back in 2013.  He has not competed in a Challenger Series event this year, but did take home a gold medal from the International Cup of Nice, a Senior B event.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Javier Fernandez

Silver: Vincent Zhou

Bronze: Mikhail Kolyada

 

Bios of the competitors:

Kevin Reynolds, CAN: He placed 9th at Worlds and 12th at Four Continents.  He won bronze at Skate Canada last season.  He is the 2013 Four Continents Champion.  His personal best is 253.84.  He is 27 years old.

Boyang Jin, CHN: He is the reigning World Bronze Medalists and finished 5th at Four Continents.  He placed 5th at Skate America and won silver at Cup of China last season.  He is the 2016 World Bronze Medalist, 2016 Four Continents Silver Medalist, and 2015 World Junior Silver Medalist.  His personal best is 303.58.  He is 20 years old.

Han Yan, CHN: He placed 10th at Four Continents.  He finished 10th at Skate Canada and 5th at Cup of China last season.  He is the 2013, 2015, and 2016 Four Continents Bronze Medalist, and 2012 World Junior Champion.  His personal best is 271.55.  He is 21 years old.

He Zhang, CHN: This is his Grand Prix debut.  His personal best is 196.20.  He is 20 years old.

Keiji Tanaka, JPN: He placed 19th at Worlds and 13th at Four Continents.  He finished 7th at Rostelecom cup and won bronze at NHK Trophy last season.  He is the 2011 World Junior Silver Medalist.  His personal best is 248.44.  He is 22 years old.

Mikhail Kolyada, RUS: He placed 8th at Worlds and is the reigning European Bronze Medalist.  He won bronze at Rostelecom Cup.  His personal best is 279.41.  He is 22 years old.

Alexander Petrov, RUS: He finished 4th at Junior Worlds.  He placed 7th at Skate Canada and 6th at Cup of China last season.  His personal best is 243.47.  He is 18 years old.

Javier Fernandez, ESP: He finished 4th at Worlds and is the reigning European Champion.  He won gold at Rostelecom Cup and gold at Trophee de France last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where he placed 4th.  He is the 2015 and 2016 World Champion; 2013 and 2014 World Bronze Medalist; and 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 European Champion.  His personal best is 314.93.  He is 26 years old.

Alexander Majorov, SWE: He placed 23rd at Worlds and 11th at Europeans.  He finished 12th at Rostelecom Cup last season.  He is the 2011 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  His personal best is 228.97.  He is 26 years old.

Max Aaron, USA: He finished 5th at Rostelecom Cup and 4th at Cup of China last season.  His personal best is 261.56.  He is 25 years old.

Grant Hochstein, USA: He placed 9th at Four Continents.  He finished 11th at Rostelecom Cup.  His personal best is 237.25.  He is 27 years old.

Vincent Zhou, USA: He is the reigning World Junior Champion.  He won silver at JGP Japan and bronze at JGP Estonia last season.  This is his Grand Prix debut.  His personal best is 258.11.  He is 17 years old.

2017 Bavarian Open Senior Men’s Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Club Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Deduction
StN.
1 Vincent ZHOU USA 85.53 46.68 38.85 7.75 7.65 7.85 7.80 7.80 0.00 #6
2 Hiroaki SATO JPN 76.12 40.72 35.40 7.15 6.70 7.20 7.25 7.10 0.00 #2
3 Shu NAKAMURA JPN 73.27 39.42 33.85 6.95 6.50 6.80 7.05 6.55 0.00 #13
4 Dario BETTI ITA 68.02 37.12 30.90 6.25 5.85 6.25 6.30 6.25 0.00 #7
5 Matteo RIZZO ITA 65.39 33.14 32.25 6.35 6.10 6.50 6.55 6.75 0.00 #3
6 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE NOR 64.03 31.33 32.70 6.35 6.30 6.55 6.70 6.80 0.00 #14
7 Petr KOTLARIK CZE 63.76 31.01 32.75 6.50 6.35 6.60 6.60 6.70 0.00 #15
8 Ryuju HINO JPN 63.17 31.62 32.55 6.90 6.30 6.40 6.65 6.30 1.00 #4
9 Bela PAPP FIN 60.15 30.05 30.10 6.00 5.80 6.10 6.00 6.20 0.00 #12
10 Nicola TODESCHINI SUI 59.23 27.88 31.35 6.40 6.00 6.25 6.40 6.30 0.00 #5
11 Lukas BRITSCHGI SUI 55.94 25.94 30.00 5.90 5.60 6.05 6.10 6.35 0.00 #17
12 Valtter VIRTANEN FIN 55.78 27.63 30.15 6.15 5.65 6.00 6.15 6.20 2.00 #1
13 Adrien BANNISTER ITA 51.32 27.12 26.20 5.40 4.85 5.25 5.25 5.45 2.00 #11
14 Marco ZANDRON ITA 49.35 21.80 27.55 5.60 5.40 5.40 5.60 5.55 0.00 #8
15 Andras CSERNOCH HUN 48.29 20.94 27.35 5.65 5.15 5.65 5.50 5.40 0.00 #16
16 Alexander MASZLJANKO HUN 43.33 16.23 27.10 5.40 5.40 5.20 5.60 5.50 0.00 #9
17 Fabian PIONTEK EVA GER 41.62 18.32 24.30 5.00 4.65 4.85 4.95 4.85 1.00 #10

Free Skate

Pl. Name Club Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Deduction
StN.
1 Vincent ZHOU USA 162.28 86.48 76.80 7.70 7.40 7.65 7.90 7.75 1.00 #17
2 Ryuju HINO JPN 133.15 65.55 67.60 7.05 6.40 6.85 6.75 6.75 0.00 #10
3 Matteo RIZZO ITA 129.79 62.39 67.40 6.75 6.40 7.00 6.70 6.85 0.00 #13
4 Petr KOTLARIK CZE 128.42 62.32 67.10 6.75 6.45 6.85 6.75 6.75 1.00 #11
5 Hiroaki SATO JPN 128.03 57.33 70.70 7.35 6.60 7.00 7.20 7.20 0.00 #16
6 Shu NAKAMURA JPN 125.33 58.73 66.60 6.95 6.30 6.55 6.75 6.75 0.00 #15
7 Valtter VIRTANEN FIN 125.30 64.90 61.40 6.30 5.80 6.15 6.20 6.25 1.00 #6
8 Lukas BRITSCHGI SUI 123.43 59.83 63.60 6.10 6.20 6.40 6.60 6.50 0.00 #7
9 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE NOR 116.06 49.16 67.90 6.60 6.75 6.65 7.05 6.90 1.00 #12
10 Bela PAPP FIN 115.00 54.20 60.80 6.10 5.75 6.15 6.30 6.10 0.00 #9
11 Dario BETTI ITA 111.55 55.75 56.80 5.90 5.10 5.80 5.85 5.75 1.00 #14
12 Adrien BANNISTER ITA 107.40 55.40 53.00 5.50 4.85 5.40 5.35 5.40 1.00 #5
13 Alexander MASZLJANKO HUN 95.39 46.69 49.70 4.95 4.90 4.90 5.20 4.90 1.00 #2
14 Marco ZANDRON ITA 94.58 47.48 49.10 5.10 4.65 4.90 5.20 4.70 2.00 #4
15 Fabian PIONTEK EVA GER 84.67 41.17 45.50 4.80 4.25 4.40 4.70 4.60 2.00 #1
16 Andras CSERNOCH HUN 63.12 26.42 40.70 4.55 3.50 4.05 4.30 3.95 4.00 #3

Total

FPl. Name Club Nation Points SP FS
1 Vincent ZHOU USA 247.81 1 1
2 Hiroaki SATO JPN 204.15 2 5
3 Shu NAKAMURA JPN 198.60 3 6
4 Ryuju HINO JPN 196.32 8 2
5 Matteo RIZZO ITA 195.18 5 3
6 Petr KOTLARIK CZE 192.18 7 4
7 Valtter VIRTANEN FIN 181.08 12 7
8 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE NOR 180.09 6 9
9 Dario BETTI ITA 179.57 4 11
10 Lukas BRITSCHGI SUI 179.37 11 8
11 Bela PAPP FIN 175.15 9 10
12 Adrien BANNISTER ITA 158.72 13 12
13 Marco ZANDRON ITA 143.93 14 14
14 Alexander MASZLJANKO HUN 138.72 16 13
15 Fabian PIONTEK EVA GER 126.29 17 15
16 Andras CSERNOCH HUN 111.41 15 16
WD Nicola TODESCHINI SUI

2017 World Junior Championships Men’s Results

Short Program

Pl. Qual. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Q Dmitri ALIEV RUS 83.48 44.51 38.97 7.79 7.57 7.93 7.79 7.89 0.00 #41
2 Q Jun Hwan CHA KOR 82.34 45.27 37.07 7.43 7.14 7.57 7.43 7.50 0.00 #31
3 Q Alexander SAMARIN RUS 82.23 44.66 37.57 7.57 7.25 7.57 7.54 7.64 0.00 #42
4 Q Alexander PETROV RUS 81.29 43.97 37.32 7.57 7.21 7.46 7.54 7.54 0.00 #40
5 Q Vincent ZHOU USA 78.87 42.97 35.90 7.21 7.04 7.29 7.18 7.18 0.00 #35
6 Q Kevin AYMOZ FRA 77.24 42.63 34.61 6.93 6.64 7.04 6.89 7.11 0.00 #45
7 Q Nicolas NADEAU CAN 77.20 41.62 35.58 7.11 6.82 7.29 7.11 7.25 0.00 #36
8 Q Alexei KRASNOZHON USA 76.50 42.18 34.32 6.89 6.64 7.00 6.79 7.00 0.00 #32
9 Q Roman SADOVSKY CAN 76.27 41.72 34.55 6.86 6.68 7.04 6.93 7.04 0.00 #37
10 Q Yaroslav PANIOT UKR 72.03 39.39 32.64 6.75 6.21 6.64 6.50 6.54 0.00 #34
11 Q Graham NEWBERRY GBR 70.80 38.77 32.03 6.46 6.21 6.50 6.43 6.43 0.00 #38
12 Q Koshiro SHIMADA JPN 68.77 35.74 33.03 6.75 6.39 6.75 6.64 6.50 0.00 #30
13 Q Matteo RIZZO ITA 68.53 35.28 33.25 6.61 6.36 6.75 6.71 6.82 0.00 #44
14 Q Kazuki TOMONO JPN 68.12 36.62 32.50 6.68 6.14 6.57 6.54 6.57 1.00 #23
15 Q Sihyeong LEE KOR 67.51 36.12 31.39 6.39 6.07 6.39 6.25 6.29 0.00 #33
16 Q Daniel SAMOHIN ISR 67.00 31.33 36.67 7.50 7.18 7.14 7.39 7.46 1.00 #43
17 Q Daniel Albert NAURITS EST 66.44 36.98 30.46 6.18 5.82 6.14 6.11 6.21 1.00 #27
18 Q Conrad ORZEL CAN 66.21 37.64 28.57 5.89 5.50 5.79 5.71 5.68 0.00 #18
19 Q Sondre ODDVOLL BOE NOR 66.16 34.91 31.25 6.18 6.00 6.43 6.25 6.39 0.00 #29
20 Q Chih-I TSAO TPE 63.17 33.39 30.78 6.25 5.86 6.21 6.14 6.32 1.00 #26
21 Q Tangxu LI CHN 62.08 33.62 28.46 5.96 5.46 5.79 5.71 5.54 0.00 #24
22 Q Mark GORODNITSKY ISR 59.27 31.66 27.61 5.68 5.21 5.54 5.64 5.54 0.00 #22
23 Q Thomas STOLL GER 57.10 30.06 27.04 5.50 5.29 5.36 5.43 5.46 0.00 #13
24 Q Petr KOTLARIK CZE 56.66 28.70 27.96 5.68 5.32 5.64 5.61 5.71 0.00 #28
25 Andrew TORGASHEV USA 55.42 23.14 33.28 6.89 6.50 6.39 6.68 6.82 1.00 #39
26 Basar OKTAR TUR 54.17 29.85 24.32 4.86 4.57 5.04 4.89 4.96 0.00 #6
27 Donovan CARRILLO MEX 53.92 28.06 25.86 5.07 4.89 5.29 5.25 5.36 0.00 #11
28 Yuheng LI CHN 53.76 29.12 25.64 5.39 4.96 5.04 5.14 5.11 1.00 #12
29 James MIN AUS 53.72 28.79 24.93 4.96 4.75 5.07 5.04 5.11 0.00 #9
30 Luc ECONOMIDES FRA 53.52 26.59 27.93 5.57 5.29 5.50 5.75 5.82 1.00 #21
31 Nikolaj MAJOROV SWE 52.42 26.24 26.18 5.18 4.93 5.32 5.36 5.39 0.00 #15
32 Artur PANIKHIN KAZ 51.72 26.54 25.18 5.14 4.86 5.04 5.07 5.07 0.00 #16
33 Yakau ZENKO BLR 50.92 25.77 26.15 5.29 5.04 5.14 5.32 5.36 1.00 #17
34 Nurullah SAHAKA SUI 50.58 25.80 25.78 5.18 4.93 5.14 5.32 5.21 1.00 #7
35 Irakli MAYSURADZE GEO 48.66 20.45 29.21 6.07 5.64 5.64 5.93 5.93 1.00 #25
36 Jakub KRSNAK SVK 48.60 24.64 23.96 4.89 4.46 4.93 4.86 4.82 0.00 #19
37 Ivo GATOVSKI BUL 48.05 25.82 22.23 4.68 4.29 4.43 4.54 4.29 0.00 #2
38 Aleix GABARA ESP 47.82 22.64 25.18 5.04 4.82 5.07 5.07 5.18 0.00 #20
39 Glebs BASINS LAT 45.70 21.95 23.75 4.89 4.57 4.79 4.79 4.71 0.00 #5
40 Ryszard GURTLER POL 45.41 23.60 21.81 4.64 4.21 4.36 4.39 4.21 0.00 #10
41 Alexander BOROVOJ HUN 45.41 22.79 23.62 4.86 4.54 4.79 4.75 4.68 1.00 #4
42 Kai Xiang CHEW MAS 44.23 21.98 22.25 4.61 4.14 4.54 4.50 4.46 0.00 #14
43 Davide LEWTON BRAIN MON 44.14 22.81 22.33 4.61 4.04 4.61 4.50 4.57 1.00 #8
44 Benjam PAPP FIN 43.51 22.30 22.21 4.64 4.25 4.50 4.46 4.36 1.00 #1
45 Matthew SAMUELS RSA 41.68 20.00 22.68 4.50 4.39 4.64 4.54 4.61 1.00 #3

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Vincent ZHOU USA 179.24 104.66 74.58 7.43 7.04 7.71 7.50 7.61 0.00 #19
2 Daniel SAMOHIN ISR 165.63 90.21 76.42 7.79 7.18 7.71 7.71 7.82 1.00 #10
3 Dmitri ALIEV RUS 163.83 84.25 79.58 8.00 7.79 7.86 8.07 8.07 0.00 #24
4 Alexander SAMARIN RUS 163.30 88.16 75.14 7.71 7.18 7.57 7.57 7.54 0.00 #22
5 Alexander PETROV RUS 162.18 86.48 75.70 7.68 7.25 7.71 7.57 7.64 0.00 #21
6 Jun Hwan CHA KOR 160.11 85.59 75.52 7.54 7.29 7.61 7.71 7.61 1.00 #23
7 Kazuki TOMONO JPN 143.16 74.94 68.22 6.86 6.50 6.86 6.96 6.93 0.00 #8
8 Kevin AYMOZ FRA 141.39 67.59 73.80 7.54 7.00 7.50 7.32 7.54 0.00 #20
9 Yaroslav PANIOT UKR 136.54 71.98 65.56 6.82 6.18 6.64 6.64 6.50 1.00 #13
10 Alexei KRASNOZHON USA 134.97 64.49 70.48 7.14 6.71 7.11 7.14 7.14 0.00 #18
11 Matteo RIZZO ITA 128.94 62.92 66.02 6.61 6.29 6.68 6.68 6.75 0.00 #12
12 Conrad ORZEL CAN 128.20 68.70 59.50 6.25 5.64 6.04 6.00 5.82 0.00 #9
13 Koshiro SHIMADA JPN 125.33 58.77 66.56 6.75 6.50 6.64 6.75 6.64 0.00 #14
14 Graham NEWBERRY GBR 120.98 55.18 65.80 6.68 6.29 6.54 6.64 6.75 0.00 #15
15 Nicolas NADEAU CAN 119.43 48.87 70.56 7.21 6.82 6.93 7.11 7.21 0.00 #16
16 Sihyeong LEE KOR 119.16 59.42 59.74 6.04 5.82 6.04 6.04 5.93 0.00 #7
17 Chih-I TSAO TPE 118.72 60.72 59.00 6.11 5.54 5.93 5.96 5.96 1.00 #5
18 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE NOR 112.82 51.84 60.98 6.21 5.89 5.96 6.11 6.32 0.00 #3
19 Petr KOTLARIK CZE 112.13 57.35 54.78 5.79 5.14 5.64 5.43 5.39 0.00 #1
20 Daniel Albert NAURITS EST 112.04 49.90 62.14 6.36 5.89 6.21 6.29 6.32 0.00 #11
21 Mark GORODNITSKY ISR 111.32 57.32 54.00 5.64 5.11 5.57 5.36 5.32 0.00 #2
22 Tangxu LI CHN 111.00 58.26 54.74 5.79 5.25 5.36 5.61 5.36 2.00 #6
23 Roman SADOVSKY CAN 110.26 45.84 67.42 7.07 6.57 6.46 6.82 6.79 3.00 #17
24 Thomas STOLL GER 96.58 43.00 55.58 5.79 5.36 5.39 5.68 5.57 2.00 #4

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Vincent ZHOU
USA
258.11 5 1
2 Dmitri ALIEV
RUS
247.31 1 3
3 Alexander SAMARIN
RUS
245.53 3 4
4 Alexander PETROV
RUS
243.47 4 5
5 Jun Hwan CHA
KOR
242.45 2 6
6 Daniel SAMOHIN
ISR
232.63 16 2
7 Kevin AYMOZ
FRA
218.63 6 8
8 Alexei KRASNOZHON
USA
211.47 8 10
9 Kazuki TOMONO
JPN
211.28 14 7
10 Yaroslav PANIOT
UKR
208.57 10 9
11 Matteo RIZZO
ITA
197.47 13 11
12 Nicolas NADEAU
CAN
196.63 7 15
13 Conrad ORZEL
CAN
194.41 18 12
14 Koshiro SHIMADA
JPN
194.10 12 13
15 Graham NEWBERRY
GBR
191.78 11 14
16 Sihyeong LEE
KOR
186.67 15 16
17 Roman SADOVSKY
CAN
186.53 9 23
18 Chih-I TSAO
TPE
181.89 20 17
19 Sondre ODDVOLL BOE
NOR
178.98 19 18
20 Daniel Albert NAURITS
EST
178.48 17 20
21 Tangxu LI
CHN
173.08 21 22
22 Mark GORODNITSKY
ISR
170.59 22 21
23 Petr KOTLARIK
CZE
168.79 24 19
24 Thomas STOLL
GER
153.68 23 24
Andrew TORGASHEV
USA
FNR 25
Basar OKTAR
TUR
FNR 26
Donovan CARRILLO
MEX
FNR 27
Yuheng LI
CHN
FNR 28
James MIN
AUS
FNR 29
Luc ECONOMIDES
FRA
FNR 30
Nikolaj MAJOROV
SWE
FNR 31
Artur PANIKHIN
KAZ
FNR 32
Yakau ZENKO
BLR
FNR 33
Nurullah SAHAKA
SUI
FNR 34
Irakli MAYSURADZE
GEO
FNR 35
Jakub KRSNAK
SVK
FNR 36
Ivo GATOVSKI
BUL
FNR 37
Aleix GABARA
ESP
FNR 38
Glebs BASINS
LAT
FNR 39
Alexander BOROVOJ
HUN
FNR 41
Ryszard GURTLER
POL
FNR 40
Kai Xiang CHEW
MAS
FNR 42
Davide LEWTON BRAIN
MON
FNR 43
Benjam PAPP
FIN
FNR 44
Matthew SAMUELS
RSA
FNR 45