Love, love, love Nathan Chen. Just adore him. So many strengths and so few weaknesses. Just needs to work on telegraphing that 3A less and add some facial expression, but that's it. What a star.
I also enjoyed Jimmy Ma's skate. Huge spring in his jumps, and he seemed to be intent on having some fun.
I agree, it looked like Nathan did a clean triple axel, along with a 3-3 and another triple. Clearly the class of the field. BUT there were many good performances. It was a solid Jr. competition. There were several un-heralded skaters I really enjoyed- like Kevin Shum and Spencer Howe. (Did Nicholas Vrdoljak do 3 axel? Kinda looked like it.)
Seating at BCEC is hideously uncomfortable. Will be glad to move to TD Garden on Thurs.
Ate tonight at Legal Test Kitchen- pricey but delish.
We'll see what tomorrow brings!
First of all... love Legal Test Kitchen. Every now and then they come out with something really really great!
Second of all, it was a really fun sp from the junior men. It makes me really look forward to the LP. Nathan all but has this locked up, I can't believe he's still only 14! The other men will hopefully also continue to put on a great competition. If Jordan goes clean in the free I think he could pull up at least into third and get on the podium.
It's always fun to see the younger skaters and how they all respond to their experience under the spotlight. Looking forward to tomorrow!
Boys SP: http://www.usfigureskating.org/leade...s/results.html
1 Nathan Chen, Salt Lake Figure Skating 79.61
2 Jimmy Ma, SC of New York 63.46
3 Nicholas Vrdoljak, DuPage FSC 63.44
4 Chase Belmontes, Broadmoor SC 61.07
5 Tony Lu, Ice House Of New Jersey FSC 58.19
6 Jordan Moeller, Northern Ice SC 57.41
7 Kevin Shum, St. Moritz ISC 56.08
8 Spencer Howe, Los Angeles FSC 53.91
9 James Schetelich, SC of New York 51.19
10 Nix Phengsy, All Year FSC 49.27
11 Ben Jalovick, University of Delaware FSC 45.44
12 Evan Bender, Peninsula SC 45.35
13 Daniel Kulenkamp, St. Paul FSC 36.91
Anyone watching the LP who can do play by play?
Jordan Moeller did great. He doubled the flip but otherwise a lovely, stylish program! Nice redemption for him! He seemed really nervous before his skate, so glad he did great!
ETA: And Jordan gets on the podium! He'll get pewter at least!
Nathan was great. He missed his first 3A but got the rest, including a second 3A attempt.
Ps I promise a better report when I'm not typing from a phone.