MEN’S SHORT PROGRAM (FINAL)
1. Jeremy Abbott – 90.23
2. Adam Rippon – 82.94
3. Armin Mahbanoozadeh – 80.66
4. Ross Miner – 78.90
5. Keegan Messing – 76.66
6. Max Aaron – 76.01
7. Jason Brown – 75.68
8. Douglas Razzano – 72.50
9. Stephen Carriere – 71.82
10. Grant Hochstein – 67.89
11. Jonathan Cassar – 67.86
12. Brandon Mroz – 67.47
13. Scott Dyer – 66.49
14. Joshua Farris – 65.43
15. Alexander Johnson – 57.73
16. William Brewster – 55.70
17. Richard Dornbush – 51.59
18. Alexander Aiken – 49.05
19. Daniel Raad – 47.11
20. Wesley Campbell – 45.93
QUAD COUNT: 3 attempted (Aaron salchow, Mroz toe, Razzano toe), 1 clean (Aaron)
Stephen Carriere – La Vie en Rose/Mack the Knife – triple axel (fall out), triple loop-triple toe (possible underrotation on the toe) – TES 36.88, PCS 34.94, SP SCORE 71.82
Joshua Farris – Clair de Lune – triple axel (awkward fall), triple flip-triple toe (two-foot on the toe, possibly underrotated), walley into triple lutz – TES 33.65, PCS 32.78, FALL -1.00, SP SCORE 65.43
Armin Mahbanoozadeh – nice sequence of steps into triple axel, triple flip-triple toe (nice), steps into triple lutz – clean skate for the first time all season, that move and coaching change really reinvigorated him, well done – TES 44.54, PCS 36.12, SP SCORE 80.66
Jeremy Abbott – triple flip-triple toe (so smooth), triple axel (solid), steps into triple lutz – well sold, well done, that’s going to be unbeatable tonight – TES 45.78, PCS 44.45, SP SCORE 90.23
Jason Brown – double axel, triple lutz-triple toe (nice), steps into triple flip, great innovative positions on his final combo spin – nice clean, though conservative, skate for Brown, but he’s really a great talent to watch – TES 39.29, PCS 36.39, SP SCORE 75.68
Final group on the ice to warm up: Brown, Abbott, Mahbanoozadeh, Farris, Carriere.
Keegan Messing – triple axel (big!), triple lutz-triple toe (just holds on with a bit of a quick foot down), steps into triple flip – TES 41.44, PCS 35.22, SP SCORE 76.66
Douglas Razzano – Rach 2 – triple axel (nice!), quad toe (fall, possibly underrotated), triple toe-triple toe – nice program, for sure, the quad toe just looked rushed right before the pick-in – TES 39.17, PCS 34.33, FALL -1.00, SP SCORE 72.50
Brandon Mroz – Mack the Knife – quad toe (fall), triple axel (scratchy on the landing but hangs on for a one-foot), steps into triple lutz-double toe – TES 34.43, PCS 34.04, FALL -1.00, SP SCORE 67.47
Grant Hochstein – Clair de Lune – triple lutz-triple toe (ekes out the toe), triple axel (looked underrotated, fall), steps into triple loop – TES 35.03, PCS 33.86, FALL -1.00, SP SCORE 67.89
Max Aaron – quad salchow (nice), triple axel (solid), triple lutz (hand down)-triple toe (a bit of a step out) – nice program from Aaron, great jumps and solid skating – well done, lots of potential with this kid – TES 42.76, PCS 33.25, SP SCORE 76.01
Third group out on the ice for warmup. Skate order: Aaron, Hochstein, Mroz, Razzano, Messing.
Ice cut! The most impressive skate so far is, by miles, Adam Rippon’s short – not only because it was clean, but because he looked pretty fearless out there for the first time all season. The next ten skaters are going to be putting on quite a show … lots of firepower coming up.
Daniel Raad – triple axel (squeezes that one out), triple flip (turns out)-triple toe (muscles out the triple toe), steps into triple lutz super late in the program (downgrade, fall) – TES 26.76, PCS 21.35, FALL -1.00, SP SCORE 47.11
Wesley Campbell – Aranjuez – single lutz-double toe, double axel, steps into double flip – TES 18.07, PCS 27.86, SP SCORE 45.93
Jonathan Cassar – Moulin Rouge – triple lutz-double toe, ina bauer into double axel, steps into triple loop (hangs on), that inside spread eagle is just to die for – TES 33.40, PCS 34.46, SP SCORE 67.86
Ross Miner – can’t say I’ve really ever been a fan of the opening of this program – solid triple axel, triple lutz-triple toe (a bit scratchy on the landing of the toe, foot really quickly comes down), steps into triple flip – nice job for Miner, will be behind Rippon w/that jittery combo – TES 41.48, PCS 37.42, SP SCORE 78.90
William Brewster – a whole lot of forward crossovers into triple salchow-triple toe, steps into triple lutz (just a bit of a turn out on it), double axel – TES 30.37, PCS 25.33, SP SCORE 55.70
Second group on the ice for warmup – Brewster, Miner, Cassar, Campbell, Raad. Not sure if a clean Ross Miner can overtake Rippon, but it’s probably going to be close if Miner does go clean.
Alexander Aiken – Paint It Black – triple axel (downgrade likely, hand down, two-foot), lots of speed into triple lutz-triple toe (squeaked out the toe, might be underrotated), stars into double flip – TES 23.87, PCS 26.18, SP SCORE 49.05
Alexander Johnson – double axel, steps into triple flip (a bit of a flip of the edge on the landing, but held on), triple lutz (underrotated? fall out), fell out of the camel part of his final combination spin (just kind of an iffy spin all around) – TES 25.33, PCS 32.40, SP SCORE 57.73
Scott Dyer – triple salchow-triple loop (fall), double axel, steps into triple lutz (hangs on, one foot), great combo spin to end – TES 33.60, PCS 33.89, FALL -1.00, SP SCORE 66.49
Adam Rippon – triple flip-triple toe (nice), triple axel (a bit slow but landed), triple Rippon lutz – the best he’s looked in quite a while, there was a confidence about him in that short program that screamed, “I’m ready!” – TES 44.08, PCS 38.86, SP SCORE 82.94
Richard Dornbush – triple lutz (fall), single axel, steps into single flip – yikes, this is a complete disaster for Dornbush – that’s almost as bad as it gets, unfortunately – TES 19.73, PCS 32.86, FALL -1.00, SP SCORE 51.59
First group on the ice for warmup! Skate order: Dornbush, Rippon, Dyer, Johnson, Aiken. Two skaters who could very well be in the top five will be leading off … good stuff to start.
Pregame analysis: Unlike what we’ve seen in the Grand Prix, the men’s short today won’t be a quad fest, though there will be a few skaters who will be including one in their program. But many of the top guys, including Abbott, will likely be doing all-triple programs. That said, look for the quad to potentially add surprises to the mix – just like Agnes Zawadzki vaulted straight to the top last night with a triple-triple combo, a clean quad could shake things up.
Stay tuned – right here! – for live up-to-the-second play-by-play coverage of the men’s short program at U.S. Nationals tonight starting at 10 p.m. Eastern (7:00 p.m. Pacific). It’s shaping up to be quite an event, with a talented field of skaters ready for the challenge. If you’re looking for a crash course on the top contenders, take a look at Examiner Figure Skating’s preview and predictions of the men’s event.
The start order is below – the names to watch for: Dornbush starts it off, Rippon goes 2nd, Miner 7th, Mroz 13th, Razzano 14th, Brown 16th, Abbott 17th, Mahbanoozadeh 18th, Farris 19th, Carriere 20th and last. Those final two groups are jam-packed!
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Men’s short program (start order)
1. Richard Dornbush
2. Adam Rippon
3. Scott Dyer
4. Alexander Johnson
5. Alexander Aiken
6. William Brewster
7. Ross Miner
8. Jonathan Cassar
9. Wesley Campbell
10. Daniel Raad
11. Max Aaron
12. Grant Hochstein
13. Brandon Mroz
14. Douglas Razzano
15. Keegan Messing
16. Jason Brown
17. Jeremy Abbott
18. Armin Mahbanoozadeh
19. Joshua Farris
20. Stephen Carriere
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