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Skate America: MACHIDA LEADS, FOLLOWED BY TWO AMERICAN MEN

The competition started with the men’s short and ice dance short. After the men’s short, the leader is Tatsuki Machida (JPN) who earned a total score of 91.18. Skating to Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck, Machida executed a clean quadruple toe loop, triple toe loop, followed by a triple axel to open his program.

“I am quite happy with my skate today. I was able to skate without any major mistakes. My focus was on the program” said Machida.

“I am not a favourite for the Olympic team, but I am determined to make the Olympic team” Machida continued.

In his debut on the senior Grand Prix circuit, Jason Brown (USA) is in second spot after the short with an ISU even personal best score of 83.78. This young rising American talent did not have a quadruple in his program, but delivered a solid performance to The Question of U by Prince.

“My main goal is to get experience. I want it to be like just another day at the rink. I’m a little bit shocked” said Brown who was beaming after his performance.

Adam Rippon (USA) appeared to have put behind his 2012-2013 season and is in third position with a score of 80.26. Rippon, who had a broken skating boot the day before, attempted the quadruple lutz in competition. Although the quadruple lutz was under-rotated, he completed a triple flip, triple toe-loop which earned positive GOEs from the judging panel.

“I am really happy with how I skated. It would have taken a lot more than a broken boot for me not to compete here” Rippon said.

“I went for the quadruple lutz, I am proud of what I did, but I was a little bit hesitant. I have been training incredibly well. I want to go out and put out a solid long” Rippon said.

 

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