Great carriage and positions. And beautiful extension in his very fast spins. Love his donut spin, along with Plushenko's (at his age!) and Han Yan's, no deep sea fishing with the butt sticking out a la J Brown.
MENS SHORT PROGRAM - VIDEOS & RESULTS
1. Nathan CHEN (USA) - 75.15
2. Sei KAWAHARA (JPN) - 61.73
3. Ryuju HINO (JPN) - 60.41
4. Andrei LAZUKIN (RUS) - 57.64
5. Petr COUFAL (CZE) - 56.85
6. Jay YOSTANTO (USA) - 53.84
7. Feodosiy EFREMENKOV (RUS) - 53.45
8. Viktor ROMANENKOV (EST) - 52.35
9. Mitchell GORDON (CAN) - 51.08
10. Jin Seo KIM (KOR) - 49.60
11. Matthias VERSLUIS (FIN) - 48.76
12. Niko ULANOVSKY (GER) - 47.39
Last edited by Mao88; 09-13-2012 at 09:10 PM.
The thing that makes it for me is Nathan's ability to compete. Sometimes he isn't perfect but he seems to be able to bring it when he needs to. I first saw him at a local show in 2002 when he was about 4 and he was impressive in performance even then.
My only worry is when he grows (as with all young skaters) I have seen his brothers and they are hockey players - not little tiny. Maybe Nathan is more one parent's size than the other. He has to grow some at some point.
Well, he has his 3A this year. I imagine next year he will start quads. He will be junior next year too, I imagine since he is not old enough for senior; barely for junior.
It is unknown what will happen to him when he grows, but he has very nice basics, and I have hopes.
Did Hanyu land a quad at 14? I know he did at 15?
How about Boyang Jin:
His birthday is October 3, 1997
That would make him still 14.
He got credit for a quad at Courchevel
Not only credit, positive GOE.
Nathan is simply a phenomenal talent. Bravo !
But I think AlexRus makes a good point. I really worry about the damage done to young bodies as a result of performing extremely punishing feats before the body is ready for it.
I'm truly apprehensive about the focus drifting back to quads as the be-all and end-all .
Last edited by colleen o'neill; 09-14-2012 at 12:57 PM.
I agree AlexRus-I have no idea whether these very young guys are doing terrible damage to their bodies. Certainly Evgeni Plushenko was doing everything at a very young age, but also he has had a lot of surgery.
What I do know is that no rules seem to be able to stop them from trying the hard stuff. Nothing keeps the young Russian ladies from doing very hard stuff at earlier & earlier ages. Nothing kept Tara Lipinski from ruining her hip that way either.
Competitive kids are like that. If they don't do these skills with their coach, they'll try them on their own, no doubt doing even more damage, since they will be inventing the technique rather than learning correct technique.
I do know that Nathan's coaches have been working for years to make sure he doesn't overdo on the jumps. I'm guessing Nathan would have been trying 3 axels at 10 if not for good coaching. I think they are trying hard to find a good balance.