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Reynolds rocks three quads to top Osaka podium

Hanyu settles for silver, Yan bronze; U.S. champ Aaron climbs into fourth place

Canadian Kevin Reynolds stormed from sixth to first to capture the Four Continents crown.
Canadian Kevin Reynolds stormed from sixth to first to capture the Four Continents crown. (Getty Images)

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By International Skating Union
(02/09/2013) - Kevin Reynolds of Canada surged from sixth to take the gold in the men's event at the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu claimed the silver medal, and Han Yan of China captured the bronze.

Reynolds gave a flawless performance to "Concerto No. 4 in E minor" by Andre Mathieu, reeling off a quad Salchow, quad toe-triple toe, triple Axel-triple toe, and another quad toe, as well as three more triple jumps and two Level 4 spins.

The Canadian scored a personal best of 172.21 points and racked up 250.55 points overall to take his first ISU championships title.

"This was completely beyond anything what I could have expected," Reynolds said. "I knew I was in the range of medals if I do everything in my free program. I had a couple of under-rotated quad jumps on my short program. I came back to the practice this morning and worked on them.

"Recently, I was able to do two strong performances at our national championships, so that gave me a lot of confidence, but being able to win this competition surpassed everything I could have expected."

Overnight leader Hanyu opened his program to Notre-Dame de Paris with a quadruple toe loop but popped the Salchow into a double. He rallied back to nail five triples. All three spins merited a Level 4.

The Japanese champion was ranked third in the free skate with 158.73 points and slipped from first to second at 246.38 points overall.

"I am full of disappointment, but after I was done, I felt refreshed and relieved," the 18-year-old said. "Regarding my performance, there is a lot of what I need to improve, but I have not lost my confidence, and I know there are still a lot of things I can do better."

Yan's program to "Masquerade Suite" by Aram Khachaturian featured a triple Axel-triple toe and five clean triples, but he fell hard on an under-rotated quadruple toe loop.

The reigning world junior champion earned 150.14 points, a new personal best, and dropped from second to third at 235.22 points.

"I hurt my shoulder on the fall on my second jump (quad toe) and started to feel my old injuries," Yan said. "I grew more anxious through the program, but overall, I feel satisfied with this event. I did not expect to win a medal here."

U.S. champion Max Aaron landed two quadruple Salchows to move up from 10th to fourth with 234.65 points. He had the second-highest free skate score.

"This is my first time at a championship event, and I'm glad to be here," Aaron said. "The fans were great; they really got me going. They get excited and cheer for everything in the program. It's amazing."

American Richard Dornbush dropped from third to fifth, posting 234.04 total points.

"I was happy with it," Dornbush said. "I didn't fall at all, which is always a plus. There were a few mistakes there that really dragged down my score, but I'm happy overall."

Nan Song of China finished sixth with 228.46 points, and world silver medalist Daisuke Takahashi wound up in seventh.

U.S. silver medalist Ross Miner posted the seventh-best free skate and remained ninth overall with 214.36 points.

"I didn't do what I came here to do, or skate the programs the way I have been training at home," Miner said. "It will put some fire in my belly to really improve and get rid of the errors that aren't indicative of what I can do."