Saturday, October 20, 2012

Yuzuru Hanyu sets a new world record at Skate America short program

Yuzuru Hanyu is leading the short program with a world record score of 95.07 and ten points of lead on the second. He landed a quad toe, a triple axel with a superb transition going in and triple lutz-triple toe with no problems. Grades of execution were the main key for his wonderful score, as he got +2 for the quad and triple axel and all positive goes for every other element. His skating was effortless and he had perfect control and confidence from start to finish. This program was very near to perfection and that is going to add some pressure on the top contenders of the field.
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Takahiko Kozuka had a very good short program scoring 85.32. He had a very elegant program with a slightly two footed quad toe, a triple axel and triple lutz-triple toe. He has very good chances of finishing in second at the end of the event as he has 8 points of gap between him and Jeremy Abbott, who is in third.
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Jeremy Abbott is in third with 77.71. Again, he is a fantastic and sensitive skater, but not so consistent on jumps. He fell on quad toe (that was under rotated too), put hands down on triple axel, and did a good triple lutz-triple toe combo. He had the second best
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