ISU Four Continents Champion Kao Miura of Japan won the Men’s Short Program ahead of teammate Shun Sato. USA’s Jimmy Ma currently ranks third.
Skating to “This Place Was a Shelter” Miura nailed a quad Salchow-triple toe, triple Axel, quad toe as well as two level-four spins and a level-four step sequence. However, he did not get credit for his change sit spin. Nevertheless, the 2023 ISU World Junior Champion managed a season’s best of 93.54 points.
“I was able to do what I could, but one spin counted zero points,” Miura said. “This is something I need to look over again because these things can decide the competition. I believe in the change sit spin, I was not sitting low enough, so tomorrow would like to do it better.
“Since last season I was not able to win a Grand Prix event. In the free skating, I want to show what I can do and try my best to stay at the top.”
Sato produced a quad-toe triple toe and triple Axel in his Tango program. He also went for a quad flip, but it was slightly underrotated (q) and somewhat wobbly. The Skate America bronze medalist picked up 90.41 points.
“Everything felt really good,” Ma commented. “I finally start feeling like myself again, going out there with more confidence, more attack.
“A couple of mistakes here and there, nothing major but, as Kao said, those things decide the competition. I’ll keep my head high for the free skating. I want to attack, I want to perform and I want people to enjoy my skating.”
Koshiro Shimada (JPN) came fourth on 77.81 points while Skate America silver medalist Kevin Aymoz (FRA) placed fifth after making errors on two jumping passes (73.94 points). ISU European silver and Skate Canada bronze medalist Matteo Rizzo (ITA) fell on his quadruple toeloop and finished sixth at 73.37 points.
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