Whereas all of his high opponents fell, the 18-year-old Chen accomplished six quadruple jumps within the free program on Saturday to turn out to be the primary U.S. winner of the boys’s world determine skating title since 2009.
For the remaining, it was a fall-a-thon: 14 sprawls, splats, and tumbles amongst 5 opponents as they tried the all-mighty quad. There have been three falls by silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan, who matched his Olympic silver, and two by Mikhail Kolyada of Russia, who took bronze.
Skating final, Chen stated he knew the others made errors – although not fairly how unhealthy – and that gave him the liberty to aim six quads, realizing he had room for error.
After his woeful Olympic brief program put the rostrum out of attain, Chen stated on the worlds, “I simply wished to redeem myself within the brief, and attempt to keep what I did within the lengthy.”
He did higher than that. He completed first within the brief, vanquishing that Olympic ghost.
After which within the free, he accomplished six quadruples, with minor deductions for stepping out of the quadruple salchow, to attain 219.46 within the free for an total whole of 321.40. That in comparison with his Olympic free program the place he tried six triples, finishing 5 cleanly however placing his arms down on a quad-flip. That earned him an Olympic report 215.08 factors.
Chen stated the Olympic disappointment within the particular person and group brief packages helped pave the best way to the world title, the primary by a U.S. males’s skater since Evan Lysacek 9 years in the past.
“I realized a lot extra from making these errors in each brief packages, than if I’d have skated higher,” Chen stated. “‘Having that have will propel me sooner or later higher than if I had performed the brief program higher.”
Uno, the one Olympic medalist to point out up on the worlds, completed almost 50 factors behind Chen.
Uno surprised the group when he fell on a gap quad loop, and circled round for one more fall on a quad flip. The ultimate fall got here on a quad toe. However with the group urging him on, he completed robust with a quad toe together and two extra combos as Puccini’s “Turandot” intoned the famed chorus “vincero,” ”I’ll win.”
“I didn’t surrender,” stated Uno, who injured his proper foot after the Olympics as a consequence of an ill-fitting boot.
Skating to an Elvis Presley medley, Kolyada fell on his opening quad lutz and a quad toe, hitting simply one in every of his quadruple makes an attempt. He confirmed his disappointment by pointing to his head as he waited for his marks to go up: 185.27 within the free for a complete of 272.32.
U.S. skater Vincent Zhou, the world junior champion final 12 months, fell thrice within the last skate, tumbling to 14th place after a robust brief program put him inside putting distance of the rostrum.
The commonly chaotic packages, to some, mirrored the lengthy skating season, which began in September, and the strain of turning round rapidly for a significant worldwide championship. However the medal winners all stated they’d sufficient turnaround time and would compete once more in an Olympic-year worlds so long as one was scheduled.
The Worldwide Skating Union is contemplating different rule adjustments at its subsequent congress in June, which may influence how the skaters plan their packages and the frequency of quads. Proposals embrace shortening the lengthy program and limiting the variety of quads that may be repeated.
Within the ice dance last, Olympic silver medalists Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France reclaimed the world title they misplaced final 12 months with an ethereal free dance that earned them a season-best 123.47 factors for a complete of 207.20.
Although they earned excellent marks for efficiency, composition, and interpretation, Papadakis stated they nonetheless had room to enhance.
“We cannot be bored. There are additionally issues to enhance, opponents to be afraid of. It is the game,” Papadakis stated.
U.S. champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue took silver, vindicating a fall in final 12 months’s worlds that stored them off the rostrum. Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje gained the bronze.
“I really feel like we’ve got performed a variety of work tackling our demons, the worry, all of the ‘what ifs’ that undergo our minds,” Hubbell stated. “We have now a historical past of constructing some errors and giving up our place, so as we speak’s efficiency, that was our objective: To remain within the second, to remain related, and believing what we do is sufficient.”