Monday, December 6

Belgium's Heir Apparent

Jorik Hendrickx. Heard of him? He made the final cut at the European Championships last year and finished 20th overall, but that is as far as his senior international experience goes-- until now.

Besting the likes of Samuel Contesti, Alexander Majorov, Ivan Tretiakov, and Kensuke Nakinawa, Jorik scored 130.52 points in yesterdays NRW Trophy free skate to win the segment, moving him up from 12th to 5th place overall. I noticed the link to his program this morning and on top of the excellent effort with the jumps, look particularly at the circular step sequence in the middle of the program. That edge-work in both directions (especially in his opposite direction) is beyond complex!

The score of 130 is even more impressive when you consider he did not attempt a quadruple jump or triple Axel. I asked Jorik if there was progress on either, and he tells me that the Axel was close in the summer; however, an injury a few months ago has made him focus on delivering consistent programs. I'd say that worked this time!

Belgium has two mens entries to the European and World Championships thanks to Kevin Van der Perren's high placements at the events last season. At just 18, Hendrickx will definitely be someone to watch in the future.


Anonymous said...

Wow, what a program! Some of those jumps were wonderfully smooth, and I love seeing a clean skate with all the jumps, steps, and spins done right. It'll be exciting to see where he goes from here.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that Belgium has two spots for Worlds this year. I hope he does well there.

Are you going to post the other NRW Trophy videos?

Anonymous said...

He really needs a 3A. He's just not going to get much of anywhere without one. He is obviously backloading jumps to try to make up some difference but that can't take someone very far all by itself. The role model for 3a-less people is Lambiel but he did quads.

Treitiakov is a major frontloader-only three post midpoint. You can do two 3a's but you can't group all your jumps together.

Hendricks can do this in free skates but in SP's what is he going to do?

Anonymous said...

wow wow wow. Tony is right: that circular step sequence is fantastic. Throughout all that one-foot edge work, he maintains - indeed, appears to gain - speed. The edges are clean, deep, and long. That sequence and Takahashi's LP sequence are the best of the season, no?

His SS, PE, and IN marks should be up there with the those of the top men in the world. (Of course they won't be, but that's for another post.) I love the speed, dedication, and emotion of the program.

Some jumps look great, but the technique on the does seem a bit fishy at times. There's clearly a wrong-edge flip, and the Lutzes, while landed well, don't look like the soundest of jumps. I hope he can prove me wrong at Euros and Worlds.

Thanks for bringing him to our attention, Tony!

Anonymous said...

At Belgian Nationals a couple of weeks ago, Van Der Perren said that Hendriks is better than he was at that age. And that Hendriks is able to finish on the podium at Worlds with a consistent triple Axel/quad.
This proves Van Der Perren was right!