Nathan Chen wins men’s event at World Team Trophy, Russia extends lead

Nathan Chen at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)

Nathan Chen remained undefeated after his impressive performance in the men’s event at the 2021 World Team Trophy and earned the United States another twelve points, but two Russians in the top five managed to increase their country’s lead after six of the eight events.

Three-time consecutive World champion Nathan Chen began his free skate performance with a quad flip, a triple axel-double toe loop combination, and a triple Lutz. Skating to music by Philip Glass, the 21-year-old from Salt Lake City landed a quad Salchow at the midway point of the routine and managed a quad toe loop-Euler-single flip combination, a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, and a triple axel in the end. He received a total free skate score of 203.24 points to finish first in the event and first overall in the men’s event.

Two-time Olympic and two-time World champion Yuzuru Hanyu began his free skate with a quad loop but then singled a Salchow attempt. He immediately recovered and landed a triple axel-double toe combination, and a triple loop afterwards. Skating to Heaven and Earth by Isao Tomita, the 26-year-old Japanese legend landed a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination, a quad toe loop-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple axel in the second half of the performance. Hanyu earned a free skate total of 193.76 points and finished in second place.

2018 World bronze medalist Mikhail Kolyada began his free skate performance with a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and followed that with a great quad toe loop. Skating to Nureyev from the film The White Crow, the 26-year-old landed a triple axel-double
toe loop combination, held on to the triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and landed a triple axel but just could not keep it going until the end. He managed a double axel and only landed a double loop for his final jumping sequence. Kolyada received a personal best segment score of 180.72 points and finished the day in third place.

Four-time French national champion Kevin Aymoz was fourth in the short program after an energetic routine. He started his free skate program with a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and followed that up with another quad toe loop. He landed a double axel-double toe loop combination and a triple axel in the next sequence. Skating to Lighthouse by Patrick Watson, the 23-year-old stepped out on the first jump in a triple axel-double toe loop combination but then landed a clean triple Lutz. He finished his jumping patterns with a triple flip. The Frenchman earned a free skate result of 169.13 points.

Crucially for Russia, both of their skaters in the men’s free skate event finished in the top five and ahead of at least one U.S. and one Japanese skater. Skating to music from Notre-Dame de Paris, 17-year-old Evgeni Semenenko landed his opening quad toe loop and a quad Salchow. The reigning Russian Junior national champion completed a triple axel-Euler-triple toe loop combination and a triple loop. In the second half of his routine, he managed a triple axel and a triple flip-triple toe loop combination. Semenenko completed a triple loop-double axel combination in a sequence to finish off his jumping sequences. Alexei Mishin’s skater received a score of 166.33 points from the judges.

2018 Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno attempted a triple axel-quad toe loop combination to start his performance, falling on the quad. Uno landed his next quad flip but fell on a quad toe loop attempt. Skating to Dancing On My Own by Callum Scott, the 23-year-old Japanese figure skater landed the next triple loop but only managed a triple axel-Euler-single flip combination. He then completed a triple Salchow-triple toe loop combination and finished his routine with a double axel. He received a segment score of 164.96 points.

Skating to music from the Joker, three-time Italian national champion Daniel Grassl landed his free skate opening quad Lutz and then attempted a quad flip and a quad loop. The 19 year-old landed a triple axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination, a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, and a triple flip-triple toe loop combination. Following a costume change, Grassl completed his routine with a triple Lutz. The Italian earned a score of 161.56 points.

Third in the short program, 2015 U.S. national champion Jason Brown landed his opening quad Salchow and landed a triple axel-double toe loop combination. Skating to Slaughter on Tenth Avenue by Richard Rodgers, the American popped an axel, completed a triple flip, and landed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination. He finished his jumping sequences with a good triple loop but also an unfortunate fall on the triple Lutz. The 26-year-old earned a free skate total of 160.33 points.

Three-time French national silver medalist Adam Siao Him Fa landed his opening quad toe loop attempt and completed a triple axel. Skating to Leave a Light On by Tom Walker, the 20-year-old landed a quad Salchow and held on to a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination. He managed a triple Lutz, a triple Lutz-Euler-double Salchow combination, a triple flip-double toe loop combination, and earned a free skate total of 152.64 points.

Sixth in yesterday’s short program, last season’s Canadian national champion Roman Sadovsky landed his opening quad Salchow but could not hold on to the landing on a
triple flip attempt. Skating to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, the 21-year-old completed a triple axel-double toe loop combination and landed a triple loop but fell on a quad Salchow that was supposed to be part of a combination. He managed to stay upright on a triple Lutz and repeated it in the following jumping sequence. The second half of the routine hurt Sadovsky and he earned a score of 134.80 points for his free skate performance.

2014 World Junior champion Nam Nguyen was the first to skate and opened his long program performance with a quad Salchow. The 22-year-old fell on a triple axel attempt but landed a triple flip, however, popped another axel attempt afterward. Skating to Mi
Mancherai
by Josh Groban, the two-time Canadian national champion completed a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination, a triple loop-double toe loop combination, and a double axel in the second half of the routine. Nguyen earned a segment score of 133.04 points.

Men’s free skate results:

  1. Nathan Chen (United States) – 203.24 (12 points)
  2. Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) – 193.76 (11 points)
  3. Mikhail Kolyada (Russia) – 180.72 (10 points)
  4. Kevin Aymoz (France) – 169.13 (9 points)
  5. Evgeni Semenenko (Russia) – 166.33 (8 points)
  6. Shoma Uno (Japan) – 164.96 (7 points)
  7. Daniel Grassl (Italy) – 161.56 (6 points)
  8. Jason Brown (United States) – 160.33 (5 points)
  9. Adam Siao Him Fa (France) – 152.64 (4 points)
  10. Roman Sadovsky (Canada) – 134.80 (3 points)
  11. Nam Nguyen (Canada) – 133.04 (2 points)

Men’s overall results:

  1. Nathan Chen (United States) – 312.89 (24 points)
  2. Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) – 300.88 (22 points)
  3. Mikhail Kolyada (Russia) – 274.14 (18 points)
  4. Kevin Aymoz (France) – 263.82 (18 points)
  5. Evgeni Semenenko (Russia) – 255.19 (14 points)
  6. Jason Brown (United States) – 255.19 (15 points)
  7. Shoma Uno (Japan) – 242.42 (11 points)
  8. Adam Siao Him Fa (France) – 230.92 (9 points)
  9. Daniel Grassl (Italy) – 228.88 (9 points)
  10. Roman Sadovsky (Canada) – 224.41 (10 points)
  11. Nam Nguyen (Canada) – 199.93 (4 points)

Team standings after 6 of 8 events:

  1. Russia – 91
  2. United States – 83
  3. Japan – 78
  4. France – 56
  5. Italy – 53
  6. Canada – 42

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