Just like old times: Chan dominates all in Moscow
Two-time defending world champion pounces competition at Rostelecom Cup
|Patrick Chan will go for his third straight Grand Prix Final gold next month. (Getty Images)|
Chan opened his routine to La Bohème with a quad-triple toe loop combination followed by a quad toe loop and a triple Lutz. He went on to produce two more triples and three Level 4 spins, but doubled a loop and the Axel. The two-time world champion scored a season's best of 176.91 points and racked up 262.35 points.
"After Skate Canada, I really wanted to go back home and work on the quad," Chan said. "That was my priority. I am very happy with the program today. I was very happy with the quad-triple; it felt really smooth. The second quad wasn't perfect, but I used a little more strength to do it."
Kozuka's program to "Capriccio et Rondo Capricioso" included a triple Axel and three other clean triple jumps as well as fast spins, but he under-rotated his two quadruple toe loops and fell on the second one. The Japanese picked up 153.65 points and pulled up from third to second with 229.99 points.
Březina fell on his opening quadruple Salchow but rallied back to land six triple jumps, including two Axels in his routine to The Untouchables. The Czech skater earned 150.73 points and rose from sixth to third with 224.56 points.
"The long program was a little disappointing in the beginning, but then it was better than I expected," the 22-year-old said. "I am pretty happy with the result because it wasn't my best skate, and I still ended up on the podium."
Russia's Konstantin Menshov slipped from second to fourth with 223.72 points, and Nobunari Oda of Japan moved up from eighth to fifth with 217.92 points. American Richard Dornbush finished sixth, posting 210.89 points, and his teammate, Johnny Weir, withdrew due to a hip injury before the free skate.
Chan and Kozuka advanced to the Grand Prix Final.