Warm-Up Group 1
1 Jeremy TEN CAN
2 Kristoffer BERNTSSON SWE
3 Vaughn CHIPEUR CAN
4 Daisuke MURAKAMI JPN
5 Adam RIPPON USA
6 Artem BORODULIN RUS
Warm-Up Group 2
7 Michal BREZINA CZE
8 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN
9 Daisuke TAKAHASHI JPN
10 Johnny WEIR USA
11 Jeremy ABBOTT USA
12 Brian JOUBERT FRA
Warm-up Group 1 on ice. Jeremy Ten landed 3S; turned out of 3R. Berntsson landed 3S+2T. Chipeur landed 3S.
Murakami landed 3Z+3T. Rippon did 2A.
Murakami landed 3A. Rippon did another 2A.
Warm-up has concluded.
Jeremy Ten (Canada)
3A-fall out; hands down
3Z-looked flutzed; forward on landing but clean
3R(possible UR)+2T+2R-slow but landed; good transition preceding the jumping pass
3Z+2T-looked slightly flutzed but otherwise good
Finished after music
Good program overall; has a good sense of musicality and has good expression. He doesn't utilize his speed as much in this program as he did in his August Rush LP from last year.
Grand Total: 178.87
Kristoffer Berntsson (Sweden)
3F+3T-forward on landing; awkward landing of second jump but kept free leg from touching ice
Very slow spin
3S(turned out; hop)+2T
Talk about peculiarity. First his music starts out upbeat and the music changes to a more zen theme and then it ends more upbeat. Very odd music transitions. Attempts at making this a fun program failed miserably. Very slow.
Grand Total: 176.01
Can't believe his PCS was higher than Ten's
Vaughn Chipeur (Canada)
3F-looked like he planned a combo but didn't do it; cleanly landed
1Z-nice steps preceding the element though
Footwork sequences have good speed but he does not relate to the crowd whatsoever. The music is fun and jazzy but is expression is blank the entire way through. Speed is excellent. Transitions are a little smoother than they were last year.
Grand Total: 176.36
Daisuke Murakami (Japan)
3Z+3T(toe axeled)-forward on landing of 3Z; landed
Nice spin combo
Strength of footwork doesn't match dynamics of music
Very choppy program. Many of his movements show the effort behind them as opposed to making everything look easy.
Grand Total: 181.04
Adam Rippon (USA)
3A+2T-landed with nice transition preceding it
Nice spin combo
Spiral through to 3R-very nice
3A-fall; looked rotated
Tano 3Z from steps-UR
3Z+2T+2R-very nice, back bend transition going in
Orser in back waving his arm while Rippon does illusion LOL
3S-low but landed
Nice donut spin
Nice overall program but not nearly as strong as TEB. Will likely need stronger performance at U.S. Nationals to secure podium finish
Grand Total: 197.61
Artem Borodulin (Russia)
3A-turned out; very awkward entrance
3A-near fall; not in combo so it will only be credited as a sequence
3Z(flutzed)+3T(fell out of)
Circular footwork- more armwork than footwork
Straight line step sequence ever so slightly better than circular footwork
Very rough around the edges.
Grand Total: 181.62
Warm-up group 2 on ice. Kozuka landed 3T. Weir forward on landing of 3A (possible two foot)
Abbott excellent 3A+3T in warm-up. Joubert 3T. Joubert and Kozuka landed 4T (Kozuka's was actually better) Weir did what looked like 3Z+3T cleanly.
Michal Brezina (Czech Republic)
3F-excellent; good ice coverage
2A+2T+2R-no effort at all
Excellent jumps. Good ice coverage and speed, choreo is decent but he really doesn't believe in his presentation while skating. Lots of fun moments in the music where he needs to draw the audience into his performance. One to watch in the next quadrennium for sure.
Grand Total: 217.48
Takahiko Kozuka (Japan)
4T-fall but looked rotated
Nice spin combo
3A-fall; possibly UR
Phenomenal edges. Program has potential but he really needs to take his eyes off the ice. Very rough skate.
Grand Total: 186.00
Daisuke Takahashi (Japan)
4T-double footed; step out; possible UR
Very quirky step sequence; lots of speed and energy
3Z+3T(more like 2.5T)-fall
3F-slightly forward on landing but clean
Traveled slightly on spin
Excellent straight line step sequence
Very fun program but perhaps not his most choreographically demanding or inspiring. Jumps don't look back yet; seemed to get very flustered after falling out of his second triple axel.
Grand Total: 214.29
Scores a tad generous in comparison to those of Kozuka
Johnny Weir (USA)
3A+3T-latter jump looked ever so slightly UR
1R-weight was way too far back on entrance
3Z(slight double foot)+2T-landed
3Z-wild landing; possible slight double foot
Footwork-great speed and emotion. Ending part of footwork when music starts to really pick up was not strong enough however.
Spin combo traveled
Good program; should lead.
Grand Total: 217.70
Jeremy Abbott (USA)
4T-fall; slight UR
Mistakes on the jumps zapped the life out of the program. Very tentative, rough skate, and what a shame after his brilliant SP.
Grand Total: 208.45
Brian Joubert (France)
Very conservative skate, but I like the program. It isn't the most difficult or visually appealing but it's strong and it suits Joubert very well. I criticized Joubert's presentation in my previous blog post "How the Quad Receives Its Due," but one thing that he does do well with presentation is his focus. He has a very strong, commanding presence and the simple fact that he looks up and out as opposed to Takahiko Kozuka makes the audience respond in kind.
Grand Total: 232.70
1 Brian JOUBERT FRA 232.70
2 Johnny WEIR USA 217.70
3 Michal BREZINA CZE 217.48
4 Daisuke TAKAHASHI JPN 214.29
5 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 208.45
6 Adam RIPPON USA 197.61
7 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 186.00
8 Artem BORODULIN RUS 181.62
9 Daisuke MURAKAMI JPN 181.04
10 Jeremy TEN CAN 178.87
11 Vaughn CHIPEUR CAN 176.36
12 Kristoffer BERNTSSON SWE 176.01