Vincent Zhou wins Nebelhorn Trophy and earns U.S. three Olympic spots

Vincent Zhou (Photo by Angelika Warmuth/picture alliance via Getty Images)

2019 World bronze medalist Vincent Zhou performed an amazing free skate program and ran away with the Nebelhorn Trophy win, as well as earned a third spot in the men’s discipline for the United States at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Zhou began his free skate performance with a quad Lutz and then quad Salchow. Following a triple axel, he completed two more quads – a quad toe loop and a quad Salchow in a combination with an, under-rotated, triple toe loop. The American ended his jumping sequences with a triple axel-double toe loop combination and a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination. Despite several quarter-under-rotations throughout the routine, the 20-year-old earned a big score of 186.88 points for the free skate and received a total competition score of 284.23 points.

France’s Adam Siao Him Fa delivered the third-best free skate performance on Friday but maintained second place from the short program. The three-time French national silver medalist completed three quads – a toe loop, a Salchow, and another toe loop in a combination with a double toe loop. Despite two falls – on a triple Lutz and a triple flip – the 20-year-old received a score of 154.55 points and tool the silver medal with a total score of 243.78 points. The placement earned France a second spot at the Olympics.

Mark Kondratiuk helped Russia earn three spots in the men’s discipline at the 2022 Winter Olympics – the first time the country will be represented by three men since the 2002 Olympics when Alexei Yagudin, Evgeni Plushenko, and Alexander Abt participated. Kondratiuk began his performance with a quad toe loop and then landed a triple loop. Next, he completed a triple axel and a double axel-triple toe loop combination. In the second half of the routine, the 18-year-old attempted two more quads – a quad Salchow-Euler-triple Salchow combination, a quad Salchow (the latter was under-rotated), and a triple Lutz. He earned the second-best result for the free skate of 159.58 points and received a total competition result of 241.06 points for the bronze medal.

In addition to the United States and Russia earning their third Olympic spots and France earning their second, South Korea and Canada earned their second spots while Azerbaijan and Australia earned their sole spots. Italy’s Gabriele Frangipani finished the competition in fourth place but the country did not compete for another spot because they already have two and are ineligible for a third.

Final results

  1. Vincent ZHOU (USA) – 284.23 – qualified for Olympics
  2. Adam SIAO HIM FA (FRA) – 243.78 – qualified for Olympics
  3. Mark KONDRATIUK (RUS) – 241.06 – qualified for Olympics
  4. Gabriele FRANGIPANI (ITA) – 229.39 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  5. Sihyeong LEE (KOR) – 229.14 – qualified for Olympics
  6. Vladimir LITVINTSEV (AZE) – 228.65 – qualified for Olympics
  7. Brendan KERRY (AUS) – 218.95 – qualified for Olympics
  8. Roman SADOVSKY (CAN) – 207.62 – qualified for Olympics
  9. Burak DEMIRBOGA (TUR) – 203.28
  10. Basar OKTAR (TUR) – 203.22
  11. Slavik HAYRAPETYAN (ARM) – 199.47
  12. Peter James HALLAM (GBR) – 196.39
  13. Paul FENTZ (GER) – 194.70
  14. Maurizio ZANDRON (AUT) – 192.73
  15. Jari KESSLER (CRO) – 190.39
  16. Tomas Llorenc GUARINO SABATE (ESP) – 187.72
  17. Nicola TODESCHINI (SUI) – 185.09
  18. Edrian Paul CELESTINO (PHI) – 176.10
  19. Davide LEWTON BRAIN (MON) – 170.13
  20. Kai JAGODA (GER) – 169.23
  21. Andras CSERNOCH (HUN) – 164.41
  22. Larry LOUPOLOVER (BUL) – 163.80
  23. Adam HAGARA (SVK) – 162.41
  24. Valtter VIRTANEN (FIN) – 161.02
  25. Matthew SAMUELS (RSA) – 160.15
  26. Harrison Jon-Yen WONG (HKG) – 158.49
  27. Dias JIRENBAYEV (KAZ) – 156.29
  28. Thomas STOLL (GER) – 153.77 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  29. Conor STAKELUM (IRL) – 140.67
  30. Che Yu YEH (TPE) – 137.13

Judges’ Scores


Pairs, final results

  1. Minerva Fabienne HASE / Nolan SEEGERT (GER) – 185.25 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  2. Laura BARQUERO / Marco ZANDRON (ESP) – 181.61 – qualified for Olympics
  3. Karina SAFINA / Luka BERULAVA (GEO) – 178.16 – qualified for Olympics
  4. Annika HOCKE / Robert KUNKEL (GER) – 168.21 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  5. Hailey KOPS / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI (ISR) – 167.08 – qualified for Olympics
  6. Yuchen WANG / Yihang HUANG (CHN) – 162.69
  7. Bogdana LUKASHEVICH / Alexander STEPANOV (BLR) – 159.08
  8. Anastasia GOLUBEVA / Hektor GIOTOPOULOS MOORE (AUS) – 149.35
  9. Daria DANILOVA / Michel TSIBA (NED) – 145.26
  10. Sara CONTI / Niccolo MACII (ITA) – 143.44
  11. Sofiia HOLICHENKO / Artem DARENSKYI (UKR) – 142.38
  12. Lana PETRANOVIC / Antonio SOUZA KORDEIRU (CRO) – 141.18
  13. Coline KERIVEN / Noel-Antoine PIERRE (FRA) – 137.50
  14. Greta CRAFOORD / John CRAFOORD (SWE) – 134.40
  15. Zoe JONES / Christopher BOYADJI (GBR) – 129.12
  16. Anna HERNIK / Michal WOZNIAK (POL) – 105.42

Judges’ Scores


Ice dance, after rhythm dance

  1. Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS (FIN) – 70.92
  2. Natalie TASCHLEROVA / Filip TASCHLER (CZE) – 70.51
  3. Tina GARABEDIAN / Simon PROULX SENECAL (ARM) – 68.61
  4. Katharina MUELLER / Tim DIECK (GER) – 68.47
  5. Maria KAZAKOVA / Georgy REVIYA (GEO) – 66.95
  6. Yura MIN / Daniel EATON (KOR) – 66.79
  7. Shira ICHILOV / Laurent ABECASSIS (ISR) – 64.90
  8. Anna YANOVSKAYA / Adam LUKACS (HUN) – 64.68
  9. Holly HARRIS / Jason CHAN (AUS) – 63.05
  10. Carolina PORTESI PERONI / Michael CHRASTECKY (ITA) – 62.69
  11. Sasha FEAR / George WADDELL (GBR) – 60.51
  12. Lara LUFT / Maximilian PFISTERER (GER) – 59.23
  13. Charlotte LAFOND-FOURNIER / Richard Kang In KAM (NZL) – 58.61
  14. Yuliia ZHATA / Berk AKALIN (TUR) – 56.49
  15. Viktoriia LOPUSOVA / Asaf KAZIMOV (GER) – 56.37
  16. Anne-Marie WOLF / Max LIEBERS (GER) – 53.65
  17. Ekaterina KUZNETSOVA / Oleksandr KOLOSOVSKYI (AZE) – 52.14
  18. Ekaterina MITROFANOVA / Vladislav KASINSKIJ (BIH) – 48.53
  19. Chelsea VERHAEGH / Sherim van GEFFEN (NED) – 47.88
  20. Maria Sofia PUCHEROVA / Nikita LYSAK (SVK) – 46.20

Judges’ Scores

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