The new season is in full swing now after Nebelhorn Trophy last weekend, and there are three competitions this week that range from the shining stars of the junior circuit to the up-and-comers in the senior ranks to the best skaters from last season’s Worlds. And in other news, Evan Lysacek talks about his goal to compete at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and American Brandon Mroz hits an unofficially historic quadruple lutz.
Watch: Brandon Mroz’s quad lutz
LOTS OF SKATING
In addition to Cup of Austria, the fifth Junior Grand Prix of the season, there are two senior competitions that are coming up this weekend, featuring some big names. The Ondrej Nepela Memorial will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, where World junior champion Adelina Sotnikova will be making her much anticipated senior debut, and World silver medalists Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov are trying make it two golds in two weeks after winning at Nebelhorn last week.
But perhaps the most exciting event this week will be the Japan Open, a pro-am free-skate-only event that will bring together 12 of the biggest names of the past few seasons, including the entire men’s podium at Worlds (Patrick Chan, Takahiko Kozuka, and Artur Gachinski), former World champion Jeffrey Buttle, current World champion Miki Ando, Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette, and U.S. champion Alissa Czisny. It may not be the most serious competition of the season, but there’s a lot to look forward to with the amount of star power coming together.
Check back to Examiner this week for previews and results.
LYSACEK IN SOCHI?
We already know that Olympic champion Evan Lysacek will be back in action this season in the Grand Prix series. And late last week, we got a better glimpse of what his intentions are for this comeback after not competing last season. At the U.S. Olympic Committee’s annual assembly, Lysacek received his award for male athlete of the year in 2010, one of the many spoils that have come as a result of his Olympic title. At the event, he said, “I’ve set my sights on Sochi.”
Lysacek has not skated in competition since Vancouver. “I wanted to make sure that going back into it, I was positive that’s what I wanted to do,” he said. “I gave myself the option every morning when I got up. I said, `If I don’t want to go to the rink today, I don’t have to go.’ But I didn’t miss a day. I thought that was a good sign.”
With Lysacek back in the mix, there is even more to like about American men’s skating this season, especially with news like …
MROZ’S QUAD LUTZ
There was sure a lot of talk during Champs Camp last month, and usually, talk about new jumps and new skills is usually not backed up by real action. Both Brandon Mroz and Adam Rippon were talking up new quads, but it was Mroz who pulled it out in competition first.
At the Colorado Springs Invitational about two weeks ago, Mroz landed a beautiful, and most importantly, clean, quad lutz. But because it was a domestic club competition, it doesn’t count for the history books. But still, landing it first time out is quite a feat. Count on it, there will be a new quad being landed in international competition this season.
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