Anxious Chan chops men's field at Rostelecom
Two-time Grand Prix Final champion wins short; Menshov grabs second; Kozuka lands in third
|Patrick Chan found himself in familiar territory again: atop the men's leaderboard. (Getty Images)|
Chan opened his routine to "Elegy in E-flat minor" by Sergei Rachmaninoff with a quad toe-single toe combination, but rallied back to hit a triple Axel, triple Lutz and a Level 4 flying sit spin. The two-time Grand Prix Final champion scored 85.44 points, a new season's best.
"I always feel shaky after waiting, skating last," Chan said. "I got on the ice, got ready for the quad. I felt kind of off-balance, a combination of being nervous, excited and anxious. When I did the quad, I was so surprised I did it, so I just did a single toe.
"But I'm very happy with the triple Axel. The footwork and spins felt very comfortable."
Menshov's program to the Pina soundtrack included a triple Axel, quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination and a triple Lutz. The 2011 Russian champion set a new season's best with 76.73 points.
"I am glad that I did all my jumps, especially the triple Lutz, as in three [previous] competitions this season, I missed it and did a double Lutz," Menshov said. "I am not very pleased with my step sequence, though. I grew tired and I only could think of how hard it will be to skate tomorrow."
Skating to "Exodus Symphony," Kozuka produced a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination but two-footed and under-rotated his quad toe. He also stumbled on his triple Axel to earn 76.34 points.
"Today, I made many small mistakes; therefore, I got this score," Kozuka said. "I want to fix some things for tomorrow and I hope to skate [a] perfect free program."