Machida (JPN) earned the gold medal by winning the men’s short and men’s free skates with a total competition score of 265.38. This total score was a personal best for Machida. The highlights of his program included a quadruple toe and a triple axel, triple toe combination.
“Since April, I reconsidered and really wanted to rebuild my technique. I changed by training base to Osaka” said Machida.
Rippon (USA), who trains in Artesia, California, won the silver medal by obtaining a total competition score of 241.24.
“I gave each element 100 percent and I’m pleased that I could fight through and pick the program up after that dangerous looking fall and just keep going to finish strong. Overall, I’m pleased with how I did and that I didn’t hit my head, and I will do even better at my next Grand Prix at NHK [Trophy]” said Rippon.
The silver medal at Skate America was Rippon’s best finish on the Grand Prix scene so far.
Aaron (USA) vaulted from sixth after the short to earn the bronze medal after he earned the second best free skate score of 162.45.
“I opened with a fall on the quad toe. It didn’t go as planned today. That’s ok. I’m going to constantly learn from this program. I have an ambitious program this year and I’m not going to back down. I’m not afraid of it” said Aaron.
Aaron’s next Grand Prix event is NHK Trophy.
Davis and White (USA), the 2013 World Champions, claimed the gold medal with their free dance to Scheherazade. The team earned some perfect component scores for linking footwork/ movement, performance, choreography and interpretation/timing.
“We are pleased with our skate today. It’s still early in the season. We are happy with what we put out there. It was definitely one of our best performances. It’s an exciting start. The crowd was into our program so that was fun. It gives you a little bit of extra energy and we are grateful for that. It was fun” said White.
Cappellini and Lanotte (ITA) won the silver medal and finished second in the free dance. The team selected their music, Overture from Barber of Seville, since they wanted to bring something Italian for the Olympic season.
“We were really pleased with the way we skated. It was harder than yesterday, having lost some training time because of Luca’s neck problem. We had to pull out of Nepela Memorial so we weren’t completely ready, but we were glad that we could skate a clean program. We are happy with the response from the judges. It was a great week for us and we’ll use it to build on for the rest of the season” said Cappellini.
Shibutani and Shibutani (USA), affectionately known as the “shib-sibs”, by training mates and teammates, skated their free dance to Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin by Michael Jackson, Ben by Walter Scharf and Thriller by Michael Jackson.
Alex Shibutani had a fall early in the program, but appeared to recover quickly.
“We had so much energy from the audience and the excitement we had going into this performance was at an all-time high for our career. We were so excited to share what we have been working on this entire summer and for the last year and a half. Obviously you don’t plan on that stuff happening that enabled us to get back up and keep pushing through the program. We got a great experience out of it. We can build on and nail it the next performance” Alex said.
The other American team in the competition, Hubbell and Donohue (USA), skated a strong free dance to Nocturne into Bohemian Rhapsody to finish in fourth place. The team earned a new personal best total score of 152.98.
“I thought it went well and we’ll try to fine tune some of the details at Skate Canada and then during the time before nationals” said Hubbell.
“We’ll work on some of the subtle aspects of our transitions and other elements, and revamp the program and really show something special at nationals” Donohue said.