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Ten strikes gold in Seoul


Dennis Ten (KAZ) led the short program international pack, followed by three Japanese: Shoma Uno (2), Takahito Mura (4), Daisuke Murakami (6), one Chinese: Han Yan (3) and one American: Joshua Farris (5) in the top six.



Dennis Ten struck gold and earned personal best scores in both programs. Ten’s total score (289.46) edged out Yuzuru Hanyu’s 2014 GPF score (288.16) by 1.30 to claim the season’s top men’s mark with one last international competition ahead, the World Championships.

At the medal winners’ press conference, Ten observed, “We are in the top three. That means we are good competitors. Now we know we are good rivals compared to the Europeans. Worlds in Shanghai will be more interesting.”

The 2014 Olympic bronze medalist spoke about his adjustments to the program skated to Ambush from Ten Sides, a Chinese classical masterpiece.

“I didn’t have a great start and had to focus and change my program. The first combination (4T+3T) didn’t work. I thought that if I don’t do it on the second quad (which he did), I’d have to do 3A+3T.”

Ten further explained why that could be a problem, “I had some health issues here and had to limit the 3A attempts in practice. I’m glad that I put it out; only the second one was shaky.

Joshua Farris (USA) high jumped from 5th to silver with a 2nd place free skate to Shindler’s List. The 2013 World junior champion was awed by his personal best score (175.72).

“I felt very nervous all day but once I got out there, I turned those nerves into determination. It worked. I can’t believe it. I’m ecstatic,” grinned Farris. “Last year I would have let those nerves take control of me.”

The 20-year-old had a ‘rough and tumble’ early season.

“Coming from two sprained ankles in the span of a month, being off the ice for two months, and then having the skate I did at NHK was awful, the worst of my career. Coming back and getting 3rd at Nationals, and doing what I did here, I’ve matured a lot,” he said.

Farris evaluated his Four Continents debut. “I didn’t skate perfect here, and I don’t think I’ve peaked yet. I’m saving my best performance for the World Championships.”

Han Yan (CHN) placed 4th in the free skate, with a lyrical interpretation of “Fly Me to the Moon”, but won the bronze medal with a personal best total score of 259.47, a slim .54 points behind silver medalist, Joshua Farris.

When asked if the romantic song had any significance since it was Valentine’s Day, the 2012 Junior World champion responded, “During the program I didn’t think of anything else than landing my triple Axels and quad toe.”

The eighteen-year-old discussed the recuperation after his crash with Yuzuru Hanyu at Cup of China back in early November 2014.

“After the GP in France (two weeks later), I started to feel better, and after the Chinese Nationals (December 27- 28, 2014) I was able to train as usual. I am not at my best yet, but I am coming closer to my level.”



  • Jason Brown 2014 US National Champion fell on the quad in the SP and didn’t add it to the FP. He said, “It’s something my coach and I are going to go over after we leave Seoul. It’s up in the air [for Worlds]. We’ll weigh the options once we get back home.”
  • Adam Rippon 2014 US silver medalist fell on the 4Lz in the FP. He later said, “I know that Coach Rafael [Arutyunyan] is going to kick my but when I get home so I don’t make any mistakes when we to Worlds.”
  • Daisuke Murakami (JPN) – 2014 NHK Champion said, “I actually overheard Frank [Carroll] saying one, two, three over the boards when I was spinning. I’m so shocked.”
  • Nam Nguyen Canadian National Champion said, “It was definitely not my best performance, but it’s Four Continents and this competition for me is just trying some new stuff. I’m going to work really hard for Worlds.”

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