History was made today, Nov. 28 as Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu crushed the world record in his free skate at the NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan. It was an incredible free skate that no one will forget and this is only one day after he succeeded at trumping the short program world record score. It is an amazing accomplishment when a skater breaks the world record in both the short and free skate all in one event and that is just what Hanyu did.
Yuzuru landed a gorgeous quad salchow, two beautiful quad toe loops along with seven triple jumps and was awarded with a 200-point free skate and has become the first man to score over 300-points in his overall score, which is over 20 points from the previous world record. It will be difficult for the Olympic Champion to repeat this kind of perfection, as it truly was an amazing feat. Though it is still unofficial, it looks like Yuzuru Hanyu will qualify for the Grand Prix Final without any trouble. “I’m so excited; I don’t know what to say,” Hanyu said according to IceNetwork. “I was aiming for scoring over 200 points in the free, and 300 in total. I was aware that I was putting myself under pressure and tried to control myself.”
China’s Boyang Jin took home the silver medal after giving two impressive performances and Takahito Mura captured the bronze. It looks as if there will not be an American man that will qualify for the Grand Prix Final for the third consecutive year, though Max Aaron did come close.
Many predicted that Mao Asada would win the ladies event as she did at the Cup of China, but Mao had some trouble in both her short and free skate. Mao attempted the triple axel in both programs, but was unsuccessful in landing the elusive jump. Regardless of the mistakes, Asada proceeded to skate with her usual elegance and fought through each element to capture the bronze medal. It may not have been gold, but it does mean that she should be on her way to the Grand Prix Final. After taking a one-season break it is not surprising for her to experience some setbacks, but it will also not be surprising to see her come back strong at the Grand Prix Final.
In the end, it was Japan’s Satoko Miyahara who captured the gold after skating beautifully in both her short program and free skate. She nailed each jump effortlessly and shined like a champion. American Courtney Hicks, unexpectedly stole the silver medal capturing her first-ever Grand Prix medal. Hicks had a strong short program that put her into second place after the short program and that lead helped her maintain her placement even though she had some errors in her free skate. Teammate Ashley Wagner, who won the gold at Skate Canada only a few weeks ago, struggled but managed to hold onto fourth place which should be enough for her to make the Grand Prix Final. Wagner will likely become the first US lady to advance to the Grand Prix Final four times in a row. Ashley has won a medal at each Grand Prix Final since 2012, so expectations will be high.
The Grand Prix Final takes place in Barcelona, Spain on December 10-13, 2015. The official announcement on who has advanced to the Grand Prix Final should be made soon. It will be an exciting event as the top skaters in the world fight to establish their dominance as they head into nationals and the world championships.
1. Yuzuru Hanyu JPN – 322.40 (WATCH NOW)
2. Boyang Jin CHN – 266.43 (WATCH NOW)
3. Takahito Mura JPN – 242.21 (WATCH NOW)
4. Grant Hochstein USA – 235.63 (WATCH NOW)
5. Keiji Tanaka JPN – 234.90 (WATCH NOW)
6. Konstantin Menshov RUS – 233.58 (WATCH NOW)
7. Michal Brezina CZE – 222.49 (WATCH NOW)
8. Richard Dornbush USA – 217.50 (WATCH NOW)
9. Chafik Besseghier FRA – 215.82 (WATCH NOW)
10. Maxim Kovtun RUS – 212.63 (WATCH NOW)
11. Elladj Balde CAN – 211.09 (WATCH NOW)
12. Brendan Kerry AUS – 177.98 (WATCH NOW)
1. Satoko Miyahara JPN – 203.11(WATCH NOW)
2. Courtney Hicks USA – 183.12 (WATCH NOW)
3. Mao Asada JPN – 182.99 (WATCH NOW)
4. Ashley Wagner USA – 179.33 (WATCH NOW)
5. Mirai Nagasu USA – 175.64 (WATCH NOW)
6. Kaetlyn Osmond CAN – 168.48 (WATCH NOW)
7. Zijun Li CHN – 166.40 (WATCH NOW)
8. Alena Leonova RUS – 165.75 (WATCH NOW)
9. Anna Pogorilaya RUS – 164.63 (WATCH NOW)
10. Mariko Kihara JPN – 163.19 (WATCH NOW)
11. Maria Artemieva RUS – 158.33 (WATCH NOW)