Whew! It was such a fabulous weekend being at Skate America, but I still feel like I have so much left to process from the whole experience! But, alas, this is the Grand Prix and we have NO time to rest as Skate Canada will be happening on Friday! To that end, here’s my highlights and recap from Skate America 2015.
Part One: Men
HUGE congrats to Max Aaron on his stunning victory. Some called this surprise winner, but I did not. Honestly, you have to hand it to him for making the decision to improve his artistry this season and those quads are impressive. I think he still has more to do in the artistry department (especially facial expression) but let’s hope this is the start of big things for Max. His next event is Trophee Bompard, where he’ll see Shoma Uno again, a doubtful-but-possible Denis Ten, and Patrick Chan.
Shoma Uno stole the show with his free skate and I have to say he is SUCH a beautiful skater. He is a natural artist and those jumps are something else. If he would’ve had a cleaner event, I really think he was a gold medal threat. I think this was a great start to his senior Grand Prix career, and he has lots of potential to build on. He has a solid shot at making the Final, competing next at Trophee Bompbard.
Way to make a comeback, Jason Brown. I know I watched it, but I was shocked with his medal after being eighth in the short. This program was perhaps overscored. I think at this point Jason needs to be attempting the quad so I’m glad he tried it here. He’s not going to have a clean one for awhile yet, but I truly think he needs the whole package to be a World medallist. I think his short program is beneath his artistic level, but that free program had some absolutely gorgeous moments. He faces Yzuru Hanyu, Menshov and Kovtun at his second event- NHK Trophy.
Denis Ten- honey, please go home and rest. These programs can be stunning at Worlds, so go take care of yourself. Best wishes on a speedy recovery! I expect him to withdraw from Bompbard since his chances for the final are dashed. It’s sad we won’t see him there, but he needs to nip that injury in the bud.
Other Final hopes dashed include Konstantin Menshov and Takahito Mura, with fifth and eighth place finishes.
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