Farris flies ahead of Kovtun, Brown in men's short
American steadies himself after bobble; Brown lands first-ever triple Axel in competition
|Joshua Farris rebounded from a stumble on his opening triple Axel to win the short program by two points over Maxim Kovtun. (Getty Images)|
Skating to "Suite for Cello No. 1" by Yo-Yo Ma, Farris stumbled on his opening triple Axel but recovered to land a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and a triple flip, as well as earn a Level 4 for two spins and footwork.
The world junior silver medalist scored a season-best 74.53 points.
"I'm happy with that skate. There was a little bobble, but that means there is room for improvement," Farris said. "I can keep working toward the next competition, which is nationals."
Kovtun's performance to Lawrence of Arabia was highlighted by a triple Axel and triple Lutz-triple toe combination, but the triple flip was shaky.
The 17-year-old Russian picked up 72.53 points.
"During the performance, I had a great support from the audience. There is a hard moment for me in the jump combination, and sometimes I miss this element, but this time I did it -- that's because of the people's support," Kovtun said.
Brown produced a triple Axel (the first one he's landed in competition), triple Lutz-triple toe and Level 4 spins in his routine to "The Question of U" by Prince, but he did only a double flip and stumbled on it.
The defending Junior Grand Prix Final champion received a season's best of 69.43 points.
"I was really excited that I've started my first competition right. I had a clean (triple) Axel, and doing it in a program was very exciting," Brown said. "I wish I did the flip, but I slipped it a bit and did a double. That is something I'd want to improve."