Saturday, November 24

Grand Prix Series Facts & Trivia - Men

The top six overall-scoring men (event total scores) were the six men that made the Final. This is often not the case. Patrick Chan was the overall top scorer with 505.78 points, just over a point ahead of Yuzuru Hanyu.

No man was able to win both of his events, which means that there were six different gold medalists. Five of them are in the Final; Takahito Mura (winner of Trophee Eric Bompard) is not. The only man in the Final to not win either event? Daisuke Takahashi.

Tatsuki Machida is the only qualifier who hasn't participated previously in a Grand Prix Final.

The only other time that there has not been a repeat gold medalist in the mens Grand Prix series was the first season of the event: 1995/1996 (in which Eldredge, Urmanov, Kulik, Zagorodniuk, and Stojko each won once. The Cup of Russia was not part of the series until the next season).

If event total scores were the basis for Japanese Nationals, this would be the final standings at the event:
1. Yuzuru Hanyu
2. Daisuke Takahashi
3. Takahiko Kozuka
4. Tatsuki Machida
5. Nobunari Oda
6. Takahito Mura

All six were in the top ten final standings for the series.

The highest-scoring American man was Ross Miner. In second place was Jeremy Abbott, whose best long program highest score was some 17 points below the score of Miner at NHK.

Konstantin Menshov was the top Russian total event scorer, with Sergei Voronov four points behind. Remember, Russia only has one mens spot to Worlds this season.

Four qualifiers (Chan, Takahashi, Fernandez, and Hanyu) qualified for the Grand Prix Final last season, as well.

Sergei Voronov's overall event score at Cup of China was just around four points more than his event score at NHK Trophy. The difference? He finished with the bronze in China and 21 points off the podium in Japan.

The highest event score needed to reach the podium was Nobunari Oda's 238.34, at Skate Canada. The lowest score for a bronze was Florent Amodio's 214.25 at Trophee Eric Bompard. Oda would have won both the Cup of China and Trophee Eric Bompard with his score from Skate Canada.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is it not a problem that Sergei Voronov scored so low at Japan when his technical score is higher. It looks to me that he did better than at cup of China.
The same goes for Adam Rippon.
I understand that the competition was at a higher level, but at the same time it doesn't look right.
What do you think?