Nathan Chen bounces back at Skate Canada after Las Vegas setbacks |
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Nathan Chen rebounded from a surprising struggle last weekend at Skate America to dominate the short program on Friday at Skate Canada.
Third last week in Las Vegas after winning 14 consecutive events since March 2018, the 22-year-old American scored 106.72 points to open the competition at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Center.
“At any time, both in training and in competition, when you’re not doing well, I immediately want another opportunity to try,” Chen said. “I don’t know if it’s going to be successful or but I want that next opportunity. Glad to have the opportunity to try again rather than waiting three or four weeks.
The three-time world champion who won the Grand Prix final in Vancouver in 2019, Chen achieved a Technical Element score of 60.29.
Fellow American Jason Brown was second at 94.00, and Canada’s Keegan Messing was third at 93.28 ahead of about 600 fans at the University of British Columbia rink.
“Having the crowd was amazing,” Missing said. “I almost forgot what it was like to skate with a crowd. They inflated me and made me move forward. I felt like my feet were floating on the ice tonight.
The women’s short program was Friday night.
China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong led the pair after the short program with 78.94. Russians Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin finished far in second with 69.46. Americans Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc were sixth at 61.68.
In ice dancing, Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier led with 85.65. They won the 2019 event in Kelowna. Italians Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri were second at 78.82, followed by Spaniards Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz at 76.97.
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