Starting Order - Free Skating
Free Skating Placements
American Michael Weiss skated to the patriotic "When Johnny Comes Marching
Home" in military garb to take his first Skate America title. "This feels
great,'' Weiss said. ``My focus last year was to get more wins than I was before,
and I did. I was tired of skating really well and finishing second. First place is great."
Weiss won the short program and overall but finished behind Japan's Takeshi
Honda for the freeskating. His scores were 55.69 for his total element score
and 77.40 for his program content with a total freeskating score of 133.09.
His planned to skate technical content was 73.80. Weiss was anxious to see the
scoring sheets after the men's press conference. "I imagine there will be
some fine tuning after this competition of the judging system or maybe we all
may have to change some things with our programs," said Weiss as the media
informed him of his excess toe loop problem.
Weiss was docked for doing four triple toe loops in his program with the solo
quad attempt and the second one after his triple Axel not counting. "Everyone's strategy is to go out and skate what's in the program,'' Weiss said,
``but my thinking was a little different because of the new judging system. Doing
a triple toe-triple toe is worth only a little less than a quad toe-triple
toe. It's surprising. When I opened up in the air on the quad toe, I said, `Get
off a triple-triple, make sure.''' Those did count. His solo quad was just
slightly under-rotated but it was called by the technical specialist as a triple
toe. Weiss would have been better off doing a double toe after his triple
Axel. He also singled his second axel. His total score for both rounds was
Honda had 58.72 for his total element score and 77.90 for his program component score for a total freeskating score of 136.62 but his short program deficit
was more than he could overcome. He skated with great style to his new "Warsaw Concerto" by Addinsel, created by Nickolai Morozov. Honda said, "Last
year, I won Skate Canada and after that I was so nervous at each competition,''
Honda said after winning his second Skate America silver medal. Here I messed
up the short program and am pretty relaxed now." Honda got credit for his opening quad toe loop but tripled his quad Salchow
and landed on two feet. He scaled back his triple Axel combination to a double
toe loop and stepped out of his quaff toe loop in combination. He landed his
other triples except for a doubled loop and his other elements were all well
done. Honda finished second with a total score of 199.27, combining both
programs, finishing second by 7.67 points.
China's Min Zhang skated to Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens for third place overall but 5th place in the freeskating round. His total points for both
programs was 190.77, beating Germany's Andrejs Vlascenko for the bronze medal by
just 2.23 points. In the freeskating, Zhang's technical score was much higher
(58.42) compared to the German's (50.38) but Vlascenko finished much higher in
program components (73.30) than the Chinese skater (64.80). Zhang completed a
triple Axel - triple toe loop combination, saved his quad Salchow but stepped
out of his quad toe loop. His footwork was very simple and uncomplicated.
Vlascenko slipped to fourth in the freeskate and overall with 188.54 total
points for both programs. He stepped out of his triple Axel and didn't complete a combination, and doubled the toe after his triple Salchow. He doubled his
Lutz and his second Axel but completed his other elements. The audience liked the music of his "The Circus Princess", and frequently clapped along.
Trifun Zivanovic who now skates for SCG (Serbia and Montenegro) skated to a
combination of the Matrix soundtrack combined with "Sry Break" and dropped to
8th in the freeskate from 5th in the short program, to finish seventh overall. His total score was 170.62, he opened with a triple Axel - double toe loop
combination, followed by a triple flip. He doubled his loop and singled his
second Axel. His spins and footwork were all level one elements except he
upgraded his final spin to a level 2.
American Scott Smith redeemed himself with a strong freeskate after a seventh
place short to move up in the standings. His "Concerto for Saxophone" by M.
Kamen program, was judged the 3rd best freeskate, for a fifth place finish
overall in his Skate America debut. He opened strong with a triple Axel double
toe loop, followed by a triple toe loop - triple toe loop combination. He
stepped out of his Quad Salchow and doubled his flip but his other elements were
well done and this was a mature performance.
Teammate Ryan Jahnke again struggled for his "Charama" , "Cosa Nostra" and
"Candyell Beat" program. He dropped from ninth in the short program to last in
the twelve-man field. His jumps were just not there this week. We were
checking to see if he had any injuries or equipment problems to help explain this
melt down, but haven't got word on that yet.