Vincent Zhou leads after short program at Nebelhorn Trophy

Vincent Zhou at the 2021 Nebelhorn Trophy. (Photo by Angelika Warmuth/picture alliance via Getty Images)

At the 2021 Nebelhorn Trophy – the final qualifying event for the 2022 Winter Olympics – Vincent Zhou took a huge step forward by taking the lead after the short program as he competes to earn the United States a third spot in the men’s discipline.

Skating to Vincent by Josh Groban, the 2019 World bronze medalist began his short program performance with a quad Lutz-triple toe loop combination. Zhou also landed a quad Salchow and a triple axel – earning him a score of 97.35 points.

As seven men earn an additional placement at the upcoming Olympic Games for their countries, France’s Adam Siao Him Fa put himself in a great position not only in the qualifying battle but in the competition itself. The three-time French national silver medalist landed a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination, a triple axel, and, finally, a quad Salchow. Siao Him Fa received a short program score of 89.23 points and is currently second.

Seven-time Australian national champion delivered his short program to Leave a Light On by Tom Walker. The two-time Olympian began his performance with a quad toe loop, later completing a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and a triple axel. The 26-year-old received a score of 85.89 points and is currently in third place.

Italian figure skater Gabriele Frangipani is not competing for an Olympic spot but he presented a great short program to put him self in the top four after the first day of the competition in Oberstdorf, Germany. The 19-year-old former two-time Italian junior national champion landed a quad Salchow to begin his performance, and later also completed a triple axel and a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. He received a score of 83.11 points.

For the first time since the 2002 Winter Olympics – when Russia was represented by Alexei Yagudin, Evgeni Plushenko, and Alexander Abt – Russian figure skater Mark Kondratiuk is on the verge of earning a third spot for his nation in the men’s competition. Bronze medalist at last season’s Russian National Championships, Kondratiuk completed a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination to begin his performance. He also landed a triple axel and a quad Salchow. The 18-year-old received a score of 81.48 points and is in fifth place in the competition but currently holds the fourth qualifying spot out of seven.

Results after short program

  1. Vincent ZHOU (USA) – 97.35
  2. Adam SIAO HIM FA (FRA) – 89.23
  3. Brendan KERRY (AUS) – 85.89
  4. Gabriele FRANGIPANI (ITA) – 83.11 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  5. Mark KONDRATIUK (RUS) – 81.48
  6. Vladimir LITVINTSEV (AZE) – 80.54
  7. Sihyeong LEE (KOR) – 79.95
  8. Roman SADOVSKY (CAN) – 76.10
  9. Basar OKTAR (TUR) – 74.77
  10. Burak DEMIRBOGA (TUR) – 73.56 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  11. Paul FENTZ (GER) – 73.32
  12. Slavik HAYRAPETYAN (ARM) – 69.89
  13. Jari KESSLER (CRO) – 69.28
  14. Nicola TODESCHINI (SUI) – 66.79 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  15. Peter James HALLAM (GBR) – 66.77
  16. Edrian Paul CELESTINO (PHI) – 64.32
  17. Maurizio ZANDRON (AUT) – 62.85
  18. Davide LEWTON BRAIN (MON) – 62.38
  19. Larry LOUPOLOVER (BUL) – 61.82
  20. Kai JAGODA (GER) – 61.48 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  21. Andras CSERNOCH (HUN) – 59.52
  22. Tomas Llorenc GUARINO SABATE (ESP) – 59.45
  23. Matthew SAMUELS (RSA) – 56.09
  24. Valtter VIRTANEN (FIN) – 55.22
  25. Adam HAGARA (SVK) – 54.20
  26. Harrison Jon-Yen WONG (HKG) – 53.55
  27. Conor STAKELUM (IRL) – 53.01
  28. Dias JIRENBAYEV (KAZ) – 52.81
  29. Thomas STOLL (GER) – 52.32 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  30. Che Yu YEH (TPE) – 46.91

Judges’ Scores


Pairs, after short program

  1. Karina SAFINA / Luka BERULAVA (GEO) – 66.46
  2. Minerva Fabienne HASE / Nolan SEEGERT (GER) – 66.26 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  3. Laura BARQUERO / Marco ZANDRON (ESP) – 62.01
  4. Yuchen WANG / Yihang HUANG (CHN) – 60.21
  5. Annika HOCKE / Robert KUNKEL (GER) – 59.11 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  6. Bogdana LUKASHEVICH / Alexander STEPANOV (BLR) – 58.25
  7. Hailey KOPS / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI (ISR) – 55.58
  8. Daria DANILOVA / Michel TSIBA (NED) – 55.39
  9. Sara CONTI / Niccolo MACII (ITA) – 53.96 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  10. Sofiia HOLICHENKO / Artem DARENSKYI (UKR) – 52.63
  11. Lana PETRANOVIC / Antonio SOUZA KORDEIRU (CRO) – 52.42
  12. Coline KERIVEN / Noel-Antoine PIERRE (FRA) – 51.23
  13. Anastasia GOLUBEVA / Hektor GIOTOPOULOS MOORE (AUS) – 49.55
  14. Greta CRAFOORD / John CRAFOORD (SWE) – 48.87
  15. Zoe JONES / Christopher BOYADJI (GBR) – 44.90
  16. Anna HERNIK / Michal WOZNIAK (POL) – 40.05

Judges’ Scores

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