NAGOYA, JAPAN—Nathan Chen completed first within the males’s quick program on the Grand Prix Ultimate on Thursday, the final main worldwide competitors earlier than the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Skating to “Nemesis,” the American opened with a quad lutz, triple toe loop mixture and added a quad flip and a triple axel for 103.32 factors.
“I made a few errors on the touchdown of each quads,” Chen stated. “However the triple axel was improved from Skate America so I’m pleased with that and looking out ahead to tomorrow.”
Japanese skater Shoma Uno fell on the touchdown of a triple axel and was second with 101.51 factors, adopted by Mikhail Kolyada of Russia with 99.22.
“I made a mistake with the triple axel which was surprising,” Uno stated. “However I’m assured I can land it cleanly the subsequent time I try it.”
With two months to go earlier than the Pyeongchang Video games, Chen stated he’s happy with the progress he has made this season.
“I’ve needed to push the technical parts,” Chen stated. “Typically it has labored, generally it hasn’t. However I undoubtedly don’t remorse making an attempt. Placing the flip within the second a part of my quick program has labored for me thus far.”
Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu remains to be recovering from a leg harm sustained throughout apply finally month’s NHK Trophy and isn’t competing.
In pairs, Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany completed first with 79.43 factors. European champions Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia have been subsequent with 78.83 factors, adopted by world champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China with 75.82.
Within the ice dance quick program, world silver medallists Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France have been first with 82.07 factors. World champions Tessa Advantage and Scott Moir of Canada have been second with 81.53 factors and world bronze medallists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the USA have been third with 78.09.