Rippon leads after men's short program
Triple flip-triple toeloop puts Rippon on top
|Adam Rippon grabbed the lead in the men's short program. (Paul Harvath)|
"I am very pleased with my performance today, because I broke my foot shortly before the junior final. I was able to recover and get in shape to skate at this competition," explained Borodulin. "I restarted doing steps on the ice in early January, and have only been jumping about a month. I think if you want to move to seniors you need a triple Axel. So, I will do the triple Axel tomorrow in the free skate."The only skater who did a clean triple Axel as part of his combination was Brandon Mroz, who wound up third. Despite landing the risky move, Mroz was marked lower that the other top-two skaters in artistic expression. "I think it was a great event today," said Mroz. "I am pleased with how I skated. My Axel is very solid, so I added it into the program. I definitely wanted to challenge with a strong triple Axel-triple toeloop. It was great that I did it today." Jinlin Guan from China was fourth, and Czech skater Michal Brezina was fifth. The third American, Tommy Steenberg, finished sixth. Seven of his elements were good, including a combination of a triple Lutz and triple toeloop. "I am happy with my performance today," said Steenberg. "I am happy with my combination and that I could stay focused the whole time."