Yuzuru Hanyu grabs world record and hearts at Skate America
By Vladislav Luchianov
Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu took the lead in men’s skating at 2012 Skate America, setting a new world record in short programs by earning 95.07 points.
His teammate Takahiko Kozuka finished second with 85.32 points and Jeremy Abbott of the United States is currently third with 77.71 points.
Looking at the performance of Yuzuru Hanyu, I unwittingly found myself thinking that this was an Olympic-level skating there. Despite the fact that the season in figure skating is just beginning, Yuzuru demonstrated such a high level of skating that I’m sure the audience will emotionally remember for a long time. This skater progresses not just from season to season but from month to month.
It is important to note that to the stunning artistic components of his programs was also added an additional confidence in performing complex technical elements. Yuzuru skated so, that one can say with certainty that he lived on the ice all the images from the beginning to the end.
Skating to “Parisian Walkways”, Yuzuru executed a stunning quadruple toe, a triple Axel and a combination of triple Lutz-triple toe. He got level four for two of his spins. The 17-year-old surpassing Daisuke Takahashi’s record of 94.00 points set at the World Team Trophy last season.
“I was so happy with my quad, but it’s only the short program. I’m hoping to continue to skate well tomorrow,” said Hanyu at a press conference. “Ninety-five is an extremely high score and I wasn’t expecting it. I’m very surprised. I want to concentrate on the free skate now. This is only part of the event and I want to control my thoughts until the very end.” he added.
No less impressive was a short program “Exodus” by another Japanese guy Takahiko Kozuka, which suits him totally from the choice of costume to the final chord of melody. In my opinion this years’ SP could become one of his best in the career.
Takahiko showed a quad toe, triple Axel, triple Lutz – triple toe combo. For the spins he received level three.
”I am very happy that I was able to skate clean today, the score 85 was my personal best and the score was a good one to build on, and I’m hoping to skate well tomorrow too.” Kozuka told the press.
American Jeremy Abbott appeared in his short program in a spy image and as always coped very well with a theme. His routine was featured by triple Lutz – triple toe combo and a triple Axel. Unfortunately he fell on an underrotated quad toe. “My goal here was to do a quad in both programs, get the levels, be solid and complete everything else. I took that first step today. I did exactly what I wanted to do. It wasn’t clean, but I’m happy with where I am right now.” said Jeremy.
In pairs, short programs’ competitions ended predictably. Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov took the lead with a strong and confident short program to “The Godfather” and getting 65.78 points. Chinese pair Qing Pang/Jian Tong skated to routine “Scott’s and Fran’s Paso Doble” and finished second (61.96) ahead of Americans Caydee Denney/John Coughlin, who scored 60.75 poins for their “Concierto de Aranjuez” program.
Skate America 2012 – Yuzuru Hanyu, SP