2019 Internationaux de France
Men’s Short Program
Chen opened his “La Boheme” routine with a quad toe-triple toe, but then stepped out and put a hand down on a triple Axel. He quickly recovered to land a quad flip and showed two level 4 spins and footwork throughout, earning many positive grades of execution (GOE) along the way. The two-time world champion earned 102.48 points and sits in first place.
“I’m happy to be in this position, however, the program was a little shaky,” said the 20-year-old. “The Axel, I obviously did a mistake, the (first) toe a little forward on the landing, but beyond that, I think it’s a good second run of the Short Program. Obviously, work has to be done, but it’s exciting to be in this position.”
Samarin reeled off a quad Lutz-triple toe and a quad flip, but the flip received an edge call in his performance to “Blues for Klook” by Eddy Louiss. The 2019 European silver medalist also stepped out of a triple Axel, but earned a level 4 on all spins and footwork to place second with a new personal best of 98.48.
“I really enjoyed performing here,” said the 2019 Shanghai Trophy silver medalist. “There were some mistakes, but overall, I am satisfied as a lot worked out as planned. The important thing for tomorrow is to keep the focus and show what I can do in training.”
Aymoz opened with a quad toe, but then two-footed and fell on a triple Lutz combination. The 2019 Autumn Classic silver medalist was solid otherwise, landing a triple Axel and displaying level 4 spins and footwork throughout his routine to “The Question of U” by Prince to score 82.50 points.
“The technical side was not here today, but I can skate this program,” said the French Champion. “I always enjoy my skate when I perform well. I am happy to be in the top three, because that was my goal. Even with the mistake I made, I am quite happy with what I did.”
Japan’s Shoma Uno sits in fourth (79.05) after taking two costly falls on a quad toe combination and triple Axel. The 2018 Olympic silver medalist did have a good quad flip and two level 4 spins, but the footwork was graded a level 2.
Morisi Kvitelashvili of Georgia landed a quad Salchow-triple toe and triple Axel, but fell on a quad toe. The 2019 Denis Ten Memorial Challenge gold medalists is currently in fifth with 78.79 points.
France’s Romain Ponsart landed a quad toe, but stepped out of triple Axel and two-footed the landing of his triple Lutz combination for sixth place (77.48).