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Hanyu, Nguyen charge to top at Autumn Classic

Wang takes slim lead; Duhamel, Radford in front; Orford, Hill first in dance
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Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu made his season debut with an impressive 93.14-point short program. -Getty Images

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu and Canada's Nam Nguyen outclassed the field in the men's short program on the opening day of competition at the 2015 Skate Canada Autumn Classic International in Barrie, Ontario.


Skating to music from Chopin, Hanyu turned in an impressive short program worth 93.14 points. The reigning Olympic gold medalist opened with a flawless triple axel, and he also turned in an impressive triple lutz-triple toe combination. He earned Level 4's on all of his steps and spins, and the only mistake he made was a stumble on a quadruple toe.

Skating to music from The Killing Fields, Nguyen sits in second place with 86.53 points. The Canadian champion's short program opened with an impressive quadruple toe-triple toe combination that was the highest scoring element of the segment (16.60). He landed a triple axel and a triple lutz, and he earned positive GOEs on all of his elements.

Canada's Bennet Toman sits more than 21 points behind Nguyen in third place. His 64.95-point short featured a triple lutz-triple toe combination.

Making his international debut for Team USA, Sean Rabbitt is in medal contention after earning 64.75 points in his fourth-place short.


Team USA's Angela Wang leads a top-heavy ladies field with 59.49 points. Skating to "Paint it Black," Wang's program was highlighted by a clean opening triple toe-triple toe combination. She also landed a solid double axel in the second half of her program.

Elizabet Tursynbaeva is right behind Wang with 59.23 points. The Kazakhstani's "Send in the Clowns" short featured an opening triple lutz-triple toe combination, the highest scoring element of the segment, although she did fall on a double axel.

Haruka Imai opened with a clean double axel but under-rotated the seocnd part of her triple salchow-triple toe combination. Her triple flip was solid, and the Japanese skater sits in third place with 58.17 points.

Canada's Roxanne Rheault is in fourth place with 57.98 points.

Sitting in fifth place, Team USA's Tyler Pierce is in medal contention with 55.31 points. Pierce's teammate, Amber Glenn, is in sixth with a score of 52.08.


World champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford made their season debut with a performance that was far from their best. They opened their short with a Level 3 triple twist, followed that with side-by-side double lutzes and did not perform their throw triple lutz cleanly. Still, the Canadians sit in first place with 68.97 points.  

Team USA's Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran turned in a personal-best short program score of 62.07 points. The duo's "Summertime" program got off to a shaky start, with three straight elements receiving negative GOEs, but they rebounded with three consecutive Level 4 elements.

Canada's Brittany Jones and Joshua Reagan are in third with 52.74 points.

Team USA's Jessica Pfund and Joshua Santillan sit in fourth place with 50.52 points.

Ice dance

Making their competitive debut together, Nicole Orford and Asher Hill set the pace with a 54.58-point short dance. The Canadians did not receive a single negative GOE from any judge, and received a Level 4 for their lift.

Team USA's Karina Manta and Joseph Johnson sit in second place. The duo earned Level 4's on four of five elements, including both of their Ravensburger Waltz patterns.

First-year team Danielle Thomas and Daniel Eaton are in third with 51.33 points. Coming off a fifth-place finish at the U.S. International Classic, the Americans' Cinderella short opened with Level 4 twizzles, and their lift earned Level 3.