Vincent Zhou victorious at 2021 Skate America and upsets Nathan Chen

Vincent Zhou at the 2021 Skate America in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

At the first stage of the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix series in Las Vegas – the 2021 Skate America, former World bronze medalist Vincent Zhou claimed the gold medal over Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno and three-time World champion Nathan Chen.

Zhou began his free skate performance with a quad Lutz and then a quad flip, a quad Salchow, and a quad toe loop. In the second half of the routine, the 20-year-old American representative landed a quad Salchow-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple axel-double toe loop combination. Zhou received a score of 198.13 points for his presentation – just 0.37 points shy of his personal best score – and earned a total competition score of 295.56 points.

Four-time Japanese national champion Uno landed his opening quad loop and next attempted a quad Salchow; however, it was downgraded by the judges. Skating to Bolero, the 23-year-old figure skater later landed a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination, a triple axel, a quad flip, a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination, and a triple axel-Euler-triple flip combination. Uno received the third best score of 181.61 points for the free skate, and earned a total competition score of 270.68 points to win silver.

Fourth after the short program, a four-time winner of Skate America, Chen began his free skate performance with a quad loop but then doubled a Lutz. After the next quad flip-triple toe loop combination, he then doubled a Salchow. Skating to music by Wolfgang Mozart, the 22-year-old American completed a triple axel, a quad toe loop-Euler-double flip combination, and a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination to end his routine. Chen received the second-best free skate score of 186.48 points and earned a total competition score of 269.37 points to win bronze.

Final Results

  1. Vincent ZHOU (USA) – 295.56
  2. Shoma UNO (JPN) – 270.68
  3. Nathan CHEN (USA) – 269.37
  4. Shun SATO (JPN) – 247.05
  5. Jimmy MA (USA) – 228.12
  6. Michal BREZINA (CZE) – 227.47
  7. Daniel GRASSL (ITA) – 221.43
  8. Nam NGUYEN (CAN) – 219.60
  9. Adam SIAO HIM FA (FRA) – 217.52
  10. Artur DANIELIAN (RUS) – 214.93
    WD – Kevin AYMOZ (FRA) – 11th after short program (58.14)

Judges’ Scores


Pairs; Final Results

  1. Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV (RUS) – 222.50
  2. Riku MIURA / Ryuichi KIHARA (JPN) – 208.20
  3. Aleksandra BOIKOVA / Dmitrii KOZLOVSKII (RUS) – 205.53
  4. Alexa KNIERIM / Brandon FRAZIER (USA) – 202.97
  5. Jessica CALALANG / Brian JOHNSON (USA) – 197.42
  6. Alina PEPELEVA / Roman PLESHKOV (RUS) – 183.12
  7. Chelsea LIU / Danny O’SHEA (USA) – 175.40
  8. Evelyn WALSH / Trennt MICHAUD (CAN) – 147.61

Judges’ Scores

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