By JAKE SEINERAP Sports activities Author
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) – Nathan Chen ended up on all fours after certainly one of his quad jumps went awry, and fellow American Adam Rippon’s quad resulted in a dislocated shoulder.
They nonetheless could not be topped at Skate America on Saturday.
Chen locked up a spot in his second straight Grand Prix Last, successful the boys’s competitors regardless of a subpar free skate. Rippon completed second and likewise certified for a second straight 12 months regardless that his proper shoulder popped out on his first soar.
Chen struggled on a couple of of his 5 quad makes an attempt, together with a fall on a quad flip early in this system.
“Very upset,” Chen stated.
The 18-year-old breakout star nonetheless cruised into the Last with a rating of 275.88. Chen completed second eventually 12 months’s Last. This 12 months’s occasion is subsequent month in Japan.
Chen additionally received the Grand Prix program in Russia this 12 months. He earned a U.S. championship in January by changing into the primary skater to land 5 quads in a single free skate and did it once more at 4 Continents in February on the Pyeongchang Olympic rink.
His purpose is to land 5 quads in South Korea once more in February for a gold medal, which implies there’s work forward. After seeing his rating Saturday, Chen turned to educate Rafael Arutunian and stated “sorry.”
“It wasn’t essentially concerning the scores. It was concerning the efficiency,” Chen stated. “We labored actually laborious and it positively didn’t present tonight.”
Rippon dislocated his shoulder falling on a quad lutz. He stood and shook his arm again into place, stopped to take a look at his coach, and determined to maintain going.
The 28-year-old skated nearly flawlessly from there, successful the free skate portion over Chen 177.41 to 171.76 and punching his Last ticket with an total rating of 266.45.
“I really like drama,” Rippon stated with a smile.
Russia’s Sergei Voronov was third at 257.49 and likewise earned a Last spot. Ross Miner, the opposite U.S. skater, completed sixth.
Israel’s Daniel Samohin withdrew after dislocating his left shoulder on a ugly fall. Samohin’s arm dangled at his facet as he skated off, and younger ladies within the stands cried as he left. He was taken to a hospital for X-rays.
Samohin’s damage got here only a few minutes earlier than Rippon’s.
“I heard, ‘Oh my God, he dislocated his shoulder,'” Rippon stated. “I used to be like, ‘I understand how dangerous that feels.'”
Japan’s Satoko Miyahara leads after the women quick program, a promising signal for the 19-year-old Olympic hopeful following a hip damage that is ruined a lot of her season.
The three-time nationwide champion missed 4 Continents and worlds due to her hip, then completed fifth within the Grand Prix occasion in Japan. Her rating of 70.72 beat out Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto at 69.40 and Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman at 68.08.
“My physique situation and feeling of skating is getting higher and higher daily,” Miyahara stated. “I’ve a number of issues to do for nationals, however I believe now I am skating constantly.”
American Bradie Tennell is fourth at 67.01 within the 19-year-old’s Grand Prix debut. Ashley Wagner is sixth after underneath rotating two of her jumps, and Karen Chen is ninth after falling and almost slapping her face on the ice on a failed triple loop.
“I am positively very upset in myself,” Chen stated.
American ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani put themselves on observe for a second Grand Prix occasion victory by successful the quick dance. The Shibutanis received the Grand Prix occasion at Russia earlier this 12 months and are aiming to qualify for the Last in Japan subsequent month.
Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte are second at 72.70, and Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov are third at 68.72.
Germany’s Bruno Massot and Aliona Savchenko received the pairs competitors regardless of Massot’s again damage, capping every week when Massot additionally overcame a significant impediment for competing on the Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The French-born Massot discovered Thursday he had handed the German citizenship check, clearing the way in which for him and Savchenko to take part in South Korea.
Massot expects his again damage to trouble him by the Olympics.
China’s Yu Xiaoyu and Zhang Hao had been second at 219.20, and Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford had been third at 215.68. All three groups certified for the Grand Prix Last in Japan subsequent month.
Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim had been the highest American pair at fifth place. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier completed seventh, and Deanna Stellato and Nathan Bartholomay had been eighth within the eight-team occasion.
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