1. Takahiko Kozuka JPN – 251.44
2. Yuzuru Hanyu JPN – 243.74
3. Tatsuki Machida JPN – 229.95
4. Konstantin Menshov RUS – 212.53
5. Jeremy Abbott USA – 211.35
6. Michal Brezina CZE – 209.67
7. Armin Mahbanoozadeh USA – 203.65
8. Tomas Verner CZE – 197.36
9. Douglas Razzano USA – 187.73
10. Alexander Majorov SWE – 182.42
VIDEOS: Men’s free skate
QUAD COUNT: 12 attempted (Razzano toe, Mahbanoozadeh toe, Brezina sal, Brezina sal, Menshov toe, Menshov toe, Machida toe, Abbott toe, Kozuka toe, Kozuka toe, Hanyu toe, Hanyu sal), 4 clean (Razzano, Menshov, Menshov, Kozuka)
Yuzuru Hanyu JPN – quad toe (possibly underrotated, fall), quad salchow (possibly underrotated, fall), triple axel, triple axel-triple toe, double lutz (bailed out midair, landed on two feet, hands down), triple lutz, triple loop, not sure about that Biellmann, ina bauer into triple flip (splattering fall) – wow, not expecting those mistakes at all – TES 72.11, PCS 79.56, FALLS -3.00, FS SCORE 148.67, TOTAL SCORE 243.74
Takahiko Kozuka JPN – quad toe (nice), quad toe (underrotated, two-foot)-double toe, triple axel, triple axel-double toe-double loop, triple flip, spread eagle into triple loop, triple lutz-double toe, triple salchow (fall out, hand down) – TES 81.84, PCS 84.28, FS SCORE 166.12, TOTAL SCORE 251.44
Jeremy Abbott USA – triple lutz, quad toe (possibly underrotated, fall), that camel-flying-camel isn’t quite working for him yet, triple flip, triple axel (hangs on, hand down), triple axel (leans inside, fall), double lutz-double toe-double toe, double loop, double salchow – those doubles are going to be very costly – TES 55.50, PCS 81.14, DEDUCTIONS -3.00, FS SCORE 133.64, TOTAL SCORE 211.35
Tatsuki Machida JPN – triple axel (nice), quad toe (possibly underrotated, fall), triple lutz-triple toe, triple axel (fall out), triple loop, triple lutz, triple flip(squeaked out, possibly underrotated)-double toe, triple salchow – love the smoothness of his jumps – TES 75.03, PCS 80.14, FALL -1.00, FS SCORE 154.17, TOTAL SCORE 229.95
Konstantin Menshov RUS – quad toe (hangs on), quad toe-double toe, double axel, triple lutz, triple axel-double toe (that squeaky entrance was ridiculous), double salchow, triple loop, triple toe (hand down) – TES 67.43, PCS 71.78, FS SCORE 139.21, TOTAL SCORE 212.53
Second group on the ice for warmup. Skate order: Menshov, Machida, Abbott, Kozuka, Hanyu
Michal Brezina CZE – quad salchow (downgrade, fall), triple axel, quad salchow (possibly underrotated, fall), triple axel-double toe, triple flip, triple loop, triple lutz, triple salchow-double toe-double toe – TES 69.11, PCS 73.30, FALLS -2.00, FS SCORE 140.41, TOTAL SCORE 209.67
Armin Mahbanoozadeh USA – quad toe (possibly underrotated, fall), triple axel (nice), triple lutz-triple toe, triple loop, single axel-triple toe (possibly underrotated), triple lutz-half loop-triple salchow, single flip, double axel – TES 68.38, PCS 68.00, FALL -1.00, FS SCORE 135.38, TOTAL SCORE 203.65
Alexander Majorov SWE – triple axel-triple toe, triple lutz (hand down), triple axel (fall out, hand down), triple flip-double toe-double toe, double axel (forward on the landing but hangs on), double salchow-double toe, triple toe (forward again), double axel – TES 61.02, PCS 60.92, FS SCORE 121.94, TOTAL SCORE 182.42
Tomas Verner CZE – triple toe, triple lutz, single axel, triple axel, triple loop (just hangs on, sorta foot down), triple lutz-triple toe (toe possibly underrotated), triple flip, triple salchow (foot down) – the problem with skating to overused music is that if you don’t bring anything new to the table, then it’s tough to get people really involved, and it’s not just Verner, obviously – TES 64.63, PCS 73.94, FS SCORE 138.57, TOTAL SCORE 197.36
Douglas Razzano USA – quad toe (!!), triple axel (hand down, foot down, step out), triple axel-double toe, double lutz, triple toe-triple toe, spread eagle into triple salchow, triple loop, walley into double axel-double toe – nice recovery from yesterday’s short, beauty of a quad to start – TES 68.29, PCS 62.38, FS SCORE 130.67, TOTAL SCORE 187.73
First group on the ice for warmup! Razzano, Verner, Majorov, Mahbanoozadeh, Brezina.
Pregame analysis: Not even a full 24 hours have passed since Hanyu’s world record short program and we are almost back for more skating from the guys. And much like what we saw yesterday, we will be seeing a whole bunch of quad attempts tonight. Eight guys tried a quad last night, and we should expect nine tonight (Machida did not attempt one in the short but has one planned for the free). We will most certainly see quad attempts in the double digits tonight.
As far as the title is concerned, Hanyu is almost 10 points ahead of 2nd (Kozuka) at 17 points ahead of 3rd (Abbott). Is it possible that he can be overtaken? Yes, but it will take mistakes from Hanyu and some great skating from the guys trailing him for that to happen. Watch out for Machida, who could sneak onto the podium if Kozuka or Abbott have an off night.
Stay tuned – RIGHT HERE! – for live up-to-the-second play-by-play coverage and commentary of the men’s free skate at the 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America. Action starts at 10:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Pacific / 6:00 a.m. Sunday Moscow / 11:00 a.m. Sunday Tokyo. Check back in a few hours for some pregame analysis on tonight’s free skate.
Men’s short: Recap | Play-by-play | Videos
1. Douglas Razzano USA – 57.06
2. Tomas Verner CZE – 58.79
3. Alexander Majorov SWE – 60.48
4. Armin Mahbanoozadeh USA – 68.27
5. Michal Brezina CZE – 69.26
6. Konstantin Menshov RUS – 73.32
7. Tatsuki Machida JPN – 75.78
8. Jeremy Abbott USA – 77.71
9. Takahiko Kozuka JPN – 85.32
10. Yuzuru Hanyu JPN – 95.07
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