Oda is on the way to hat-trick in Oberstdorf

Nobunari Oda, Jason Brown and Jeremy Ten

By Olga Fluegge

Japan’s Nobunari Oda rocked the ice rink in Oberstdorf and won the short program with a result of 87.34 points.

He was the only one man who not just landed the quad toe jump but did it very beautifully.

Oda’s program was featured by triple Axel and triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. All his non- jumping elements got level three and four. His PCS of 38.47 points is a little bit low and does not really display the quality of his skating: magic ice movement, beautiful lines, fluidity and the way his is feeling the music.

However, the two-time father is aiming to win the Nebelhorn Trophy for the third time.

Nobunari Oda at 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy

Nobunari Oda, short program, Nebelhorn Trophy 2013

Jason Brown of the United States, who makes a senior debut in Germany, is currently second with 79.41 points. He showed lovely mature skating with intense musicality. A very intricate step sequence got level four and very high GOE. Brown’s skating is characterized by excellent posture, nice landing positions with a beautiful arabesque.

Jason Brown at 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy

Jason Brown, short program, Nebelhorn Trophy 2013

Canadian Jeremy Ten is on third position after a well-done short with a total score of 76.49 points.

Photo: Olga Fluegge

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