Two-time World Champion Nathan Chen (USA) triumphed in the Men’s Short Program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Thursday, winning the segment with 13 points to spare. Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan came second, ahead of France’s Kevin Aymoz.
Nathan Chen of USA 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Performing to “La Boheme”, Chen nailed a quad Lutz, triple Axel and quad toe-triple toe combination. His spins and footwork merited a level four and the defending ISU Grand Prix Final Champion posted a new personal best of 110.38 points. “I’m very happy with the score. But there are a lot of things I can improve on. I’m happy with the Lutz but I was a little shaky on the Axel and a little shaky on the toe,” the two-time World Champion commented. “I’m not sure what the free program will be like. I’ve got two days to adjust and have to think. I’m not sure what the jump program will look like but I love the program and I’m looking forward to it,” he continued.
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Hanyu opened his program to “Otonal” with a quadruple Salchow and a triple Axel, but then stumbled on the quadruple toeloop and had no combination. He recovered to produce difficult spins and steps that garnered a level four. The two-time World Champion scored 97.43 points. “This program was performed by Johnny Weir here and he got second place (in the Short Program) at the (2006) Olympic Games. I wanted a good performance as well. To be honest, I am a little disappointed. Also, the point gap between me and Nathan is a little big, so it will be hard to come back, but I just want to think about what to do in the free skate, take one step at a time and give a good performance,” Hanyu shared.
Kevin Aymoz of France 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Aymoz had to overcome a false start when a wrong music was played for him. The French Champion did not let himself get distracted and put out a clean performance that was highlighted by a quadruple toeloop, triple Axel, triple Lutz-triple toe and an expressive step sequence. The NHK Trophy silver medalist set a new personal best of 96.71 points. “The Grand Prix Final was not my goal for this season and so I was not stressed, I was just happy to be here and I just had fun,” Aymoz said. “I was so confident when I went out but then when the music did not play I felt so lonely standing there on the ice like I was the only one in the world. But when the music did start I forgot totally and it was just a pleasure to share. It’s the job of the skater to stay focused whatever and I thought that’s my moment,” he added.
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Schedule of the event
Thursday, December 5: Junior Men, Junior Pairs & Junior Ladies Short Programs, Pairs & Men’s Short Program
Friday, December 6: Junior Rhythm Dance & Junior Ladies Free Skating, Rhythm Dance, Ladies Short Program, Pairs Free Skating
Saturday, December 7: Men’s Free Skating, Junior Pairs & Men’s Free Skating, Junior Free Dance, Free Dance & Ladies Free Skating
Sunday, December 8: Exhibition Gala
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