Chen and Bell maintain top overall scores in ISP Points Challenge

Nathan Chen & Mariah Bell (Photo from @nathanchen on Instagram)

The video footage and results of the second opportunity performances in U.S. Figure Skating’s ISP Points Challenge have been posted. Even with lower total scores this time, both of Rafael Arutyunyan’s skaters – Nathan Chen and Mariah Bell – have maintained the top positions in the virtual competition.

Two-time World champion Chen remains untouchable by the American men. He received the highest scores for both programs again, but did not better his overall score from the first opportunity (315.32 points). His short program opened up with a quad toe loop, triple toe loop combination – as opposed to a quad Lutz in the first opportunity – and ended with a costly doubled flip. Chen’s short program score this time was, as a result, over thirteen points less than last time. His free skate showcased improvements; Chen again landed four quads – three in combinations – and received more points for the program (211.86 points) than he did in the first opportunity (209.79 points). He earned a total score of 303.63 points this time.

2015 U.S. National champion and winner of a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jason Brown, did not partake in the second opportunity performance. His total score of 268.31 points from the first opportunity remains the second best overall result. Note worthy – his short program score of 94.51 points in the first opportunity was better than Chen’s 91.77 points in the second opportunity.

Last year’s U.S. National bronze medalist Tomoki Hiwatashi seriously improved his overall score. Two clean programs this time around gained the 20-year-old over forty points. He finishes the ISP Points Challenge with the third best overall score of 244.76 points.

Russian-born Alex Krasnozhon improved on his overall score. After posting the third best result in the first opportunity (211.09 points), Krasnozhon did so again in the second opportunity with a total score of 219.46 points. He placed fourth overall.

Camden Pulkinen did not participate in the first opportunity but submitted performances for the second. His short program featured poorly executed jumps – including a singled first Lutz attempt, which placed him in only ninth position. A clean free skate, scoring 149.79 points, redeemed him to fourth place in the second opportunity and fifth place overall with 212.19 total points.

Men’s full 2nd opportunity & overall results:

Among the ladies, Bell was not able to replicate the same performances that she presented in the first opportunity – her total score of 202.78 points from that day remains the best overall score. In the second opportunity, the 24-year-old skated a decent short program but fell on her triple-triple combination; regardless, Bell received a higher score (69.28 points) this time than the first time (67.69 points). Her free skate was filled with mistakes on jumping sequences. She still received a total score of 194.35 points, which had her second in this outing.

2018 U.S. National champion Bradie Tennell showed better performances in each program and received the best total score out of all the ladies in second opportunity performances. She landed all of her jumps in both programs but did not attempt the anticipated triple axel. Her total score of 196.99 points is an improvement from the 190.17 points in the first opportunity but still puts her in second place overall.

Amber Glenn, who did not perform in the first opportunity, opened up her short program – skating to Madilyn Bailey’s Scars from last season – with a triple axel attempt but only managed a single rotation. The rest of that program was solid. The 20-year-old Texan continued a technically sound and artistic showing in her free skate, earning the second best score for the program. Fifth at U.S. Nationals last season, Glenn placed third overall with a total score of 191.20 points in her only attempt at the ISP Points Challenge.

Two-time defending National champion Alysa Liu also made her debut in the ISP Points Challenge this time. The 15-year-old opened up her short program with a triple Lutz and completed all of her jumps, the last two possibly under-rotated. In the free skate, she fell on her opening triple axel but landed a triple Lutz, triple toe loop combination, as well as a triple flip, Euler, triple Salchow combination. Her outing placed her fourth overall with a total score of 183.64 points.

2018 Olympian Karen Chen presented solid programs. She fell on her opening Lutz in the short program but the rest of her program was strong. Her free skate was fourth among the ladies, with a few jumping errors but no falls, and placed her fifth overall with a total score of 183.17 – less than half of a point behind Liu.

Third in the first opportunity, Audrey Shin once again submitted solid performances. Her short program was fourth best and her free skate was sixth best; last year’s U.S. Junior National silver medalist improved her overall total score, enough for sixth position, and showed a lot of potential for the future.

Gracie Gold, who’s first opportunity performances were taken away, submitted her programs again. Her short program was promising; Gold completed all of the technical elements but singled her final flip attempt. The free skate revealed her lack of endurance.

Ladies’ full 2nd opportunity & overall results:

Pairs’ full 2nd opportunity & overall results:

Ice dance full 2nd opportunity & overall results:

Results and more information from the first opportunity performances can be found here.

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