April 15, 2024
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/09/sports/figure-skating-olympics
Juliet Macur

Credit … Chang W. Lee/The New York City Times

Nathan Chen’s rating of 113.97 points in the guys’s brief program at the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday set a world record and likewise set him up completely for a chance at the sought after reward that has actually avoided him.

Standing in his method on Thursday will be 2 Japanese skaters: Yuma Kagiyama, an 18-year-old previous kid tv and motion picture star who understands how to carry out with style, and Shoma Uno, 24, among just 2 skaters who have actually beaten Chen considering that early 2018. Kagiyama was 2nd in the brief program, 5.85 points behind Chen. Uno, the Olympic silver medalist in 2018, was 3rd, 8.07 points back.

Contending in his very first Olympics, Kagiyama got the primarily Chinese crowd on Tuesday to clap along to his amusing efficiency to Michael BublĂ©’s “When You’re Smiling,” as he skated a high-power, high-energy program.

Uno, who skated to symphonic music, was simply as sensational. Even when he put his by far on the 2nd dive of his quadruple-triple mix, it didn’t harm his rating much.

Later, Uno sent out an alerting to his rivals: “I will include more complex and challenging dives in my complimentary skating.”

Notably missing out on from those leading rivals was the two-time safeguarding Olympic champ Yuzuru Hanyu, among Chen’s leading competitors, and the male who held the previous short-program world record. Hanyu, in a sparkly attire studded with crystals, ended up a remote eighth on Tuesday, 18.82 points behind Chen. A hole in the ice was to blame, he stated.

Hanyu opened his program by bailing out of a quadruple salchow. The crowd gasped.

” That was some mishap however it’s okay,” he stated, describing that there was a divot in the ice from what was maybe another skater’s toe choice. “I have another opportunity. I have great deals of time with the music and numerous dives in there, so I can be my finest.”

Hanyu recuperated rapidly to land a quadruple, triple-jump mix and a triple axel throughout the type of creatively stunning efficiency for which he is understood. However the missed out on quad, which made absolutely no points, cost him. He is up until now behind Chen and the other leaders that it will be a long shot for him to win any medal.