Exciting to see strengthening performances from Australian skaters. I'm sure there are many athletes who love to compete in Australia.
Men's Short Program
Skater: Brendan Kerry
This short program was such a great skate for him. He managed to execute everything so well, with great speed and power. It is also great that he is using his edges to generate speed- it's both effective and aesthetically pleasing.
His triple lutz-triple toeloop combination had great speed and control throughout, the triple axel had that snap which we all know and love. I thought that he should've put in the triple flip instead of the triple loop but since he does the Junior Grand Prix (and this season, all Junior skaters have to do a loop jump) it's understandable. He also received levels 3s and 4s for the spins and step sequences. Technically, to take it to the next level he and his coaching team need to look at the GOE criteria and find out what they can do so he can squeeze out more points!
His components have also seen a massive boost- especially his skating skills. His use of his edges and his knees have helped boost that mark. I felt that some of the judges under marked Brendan (one of the judges awarded him only a 4.75 for transitions...CRAZY!). In saying that, in order for Brendan to improve he needs to integrate more intricate choreography and use more facial expression to try and better portray and interpret what his program is about. His transitions are already difficult and he can transition well but he can benefit by reaching out to the audience better instead of looking like he's thinking through his program. If he can do this, his performance/execution, choreography and Interpretation components can improve!
Nevertheless, he had the moment and he was richly rewarded for it. Well done!
3Lox [10% Bonus for being in the second half]: 5.61+0.00=5.61
Technical Elements 38.58
Presentation factored by X1.0
Skating Skills (Range of marks 5.25-6.50) >>> 6.14
Transition/Linking Footwork (Range of marks 4.75-7.00) >>> 5.64
Performance/Execution (Range of marks 5.25-6.26) >>> 5.89
Choreography/Composition (Range of marks 5.00-6.50) >>> 5.93
Interpretation (Range of marks 5.25-6.50) >>> 5.79
Presentation Score after factoring by X1.0 29.39
Total Score for the Short Program 67.97
Rank after SP: 5th/34 Skaters
Rank after SP amongst skaters looking for Olympic Qualification: 1st/26 Skaters
Podium Results after SP
1. Nobunari Oda JPN 87.34
2. Jason Brown USA 79.41
3. Jeremy Ten CAN 76.49
4. Artur Dmitriev RUS 73.39
Skaters in Qualification Position
1. Brendan Kerry AUS 67.97 (5th)
2. Zoltan Kelemen ROU 65.52 (6th)
3. Ronald Lam HKG 64.55 (7th)
4. Alexei Bychenko ISR 64.50 (8th)
5. Yakov Godorozha UKR 63.68 (9th)
6. Paul Bonifacio Parkinson ITA 63.37 (10th)
Michael Christian Martinez PHI 61.55 (11th)
Stephane Walker SUI 60.50 (12th)
Kim Lucine MON 59.28 (13th)
Maciej Cieplucha POL 58.26 (15th)
Valtter Virtanen FIN 55.55 (16th)
Justus Strid DEN 55.28 (17th)
Current Status to Qualify: IN GOOD CONTENTION TO QUALIFY
Video Link to his Short Program
British Eurosport- Commentators Simon Reed & Nicky Slater