We’re sad that Yuzuru didn’t win, but we are very proud of him for making that gutsy change to his layout after popping his 4S to make sure he still had 4 quads. (We’re also so proud that he didn’t Zayak or REP anything in the process… smart kid…) We’re also very pleased that he won the FS.
Man that was a crazy 4CC. It was such a deep field! Usually this is an easier competition (relatively speaking), but it was basically Worlds minus Javi. PyeongChang is definitely making its mark with the showing of top skaters here. But geez – the curse of the silver medal for Yuzu! I guess he’ll add this one
alongside the 3 Skate Canada silver medals he has pinned to the wall across his bed. Anyway, I just wanted to pop in here to appreciate Yuzu’s quick thinking, because that was impressive.
He popped the planned 4S+2T into a 2S+1Lo, so he had to immediately consider what to do with the other four jumping elements. Of course he was aiming for four quads in the FS here, so the question is where to put it? He left the 4T and the 3A+2T alone because they fit the choreography, took out his golden 3A+1Lo+3S combo to avoid the zayak rule, and added the 4th quad there – he wouldn’t have the stamina to place it at the end (no one in the field does at the moment). He made that fourth quad a combo to substitute for the 3A combo and make up for the earlier failed attempt. That’s a 4T-2T as his penultimate jump. THEN, he exchanged the final 3Lz for the 3A he wasn’t able to use in combination earlier – that way he still has two 3A’s in his program, and gets more points than the 3Lz would gain. All while avoiding zayak and REP rules. No one else would be crazy enough to put the notorious 3A as their final jump with the intention of salvaging a program.
That 3A. It’s come through for him more times than I can count.
All of this he figured out while skating – as we hear him tell Orser afterward in the Kiss&Cry – and earns him over 200 points.
Congrats to all the skaters, and I’m off to hunt for the uploaded YouTube videos and rewatch the programs now that I’ve had time to process these last two groups of Men. (Ugh. If this was just 4CC, Worlds will be… )