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.