ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2010 Day Four
The 2010 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships concluded Saturday in Jeonju, Republic of Korea, with the Men’s Free Skating and the Exhibition Gala.
Adam Rippon (USA) strikes gold
In what was an exciting Men’s event, Adam Rippon (USA) soared from seventh to first to strike gold. Japan’s Tatsuki Machida rallied from sixth to take the silver medal while overnight leader Kevin Reynolds of Canada clinched the bronze.
Performing to “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” by Samuel Barber, Rippon reeled off two triple Axels and five other clean triples including the triple Lutz with both arms raised over his head as well as excellent spins and footwork. The only glitch was a cheated triple Salchow. The two-time and reigning World Junior Champion posted a new personal best of 156.22 points and totaled 225.78 points to win the Four Continents title in his debut at the event. “It was very rewarding, especially after such a poor short program”, Rippon said of his Free Skating. “I did my best to just forget about what I’ve done earlier this week. I was so emotional, because it’s been such an up and down year. I did my best to get all the levels I could. Every spin I was trying to hold, I was landing all the jumps and I was like ‘OK, all the jumps are over, but you’re still so many points behind, you need all these levels’! I think so far this is probably my strongest performance in competition”, he continued.
Machida landed a triple Axel-triple toeloop combination and six more triples in his flawless routine to “Casablanca”. The 19-year-old earned 147.88 points, improving his previous personal best of 117.69 by 30.19 points. His total score added up to 217.48 points. “Today I felt a lot of pressure and so I’m glad with what I did. I am very surprised about the result”, the Japanese skater commented.
Reynolds opened his program to a Led Zeppelin medley with a solid quadruple Salchow and hit five triple jumps, but the quadruple toeloop was underrotated and he fell on a triple Axel attempt and a triple flip. The Canadian scored 131.39 points and slipped to third at 212.99 points overall. “Obviously I’m a little bit disappointed with my long program today. It wasn’t my best. It was a good opening. Towards the end I kind of got stiff and some of the elements weren’t there, but I’m extremely happy with the short program. It was by far my best program. I can be happy with that and I can be happy that I held on for a bronze medal”, Reynolds noted.
Brandon Mroz (USA) put his hand down on the quadruple toeloop and stumbled on some other jumps to finish fourth (212.68 points). Ryan Bradley (USA) nailed two quadruple toeloops and was ranked third in the Free Skating. He moved up from eighth to fifth place (212.19).
The twelve medals at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships went to four ISU members. Canada and the USA claimed four medals each: one gold, one silver and two bronzes. Three medals - one gold and two silvers - went to Japan while China earned one gold medal.
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