Fresh off an impressive win at the Four Continents in Japan, the Coquitlam native can now challenge Patrick Chan at London, Ont., worlds next month
Reynolds, the 22-year-old redhead from Coquitlam, opened a lot of eyes last weekend when he won the Four Continents title in Osaka, Japan, where he was the first man ever to land five quadruple jumps in his two programs, and beat — among others — reigning world silver and bronze medallists (and hometown favourites) Daisuke Takahashi and Yuzuru Hanyu for the first major international victory of his senior career.
[Reynolds said]: "My goal is to be close enough to [Patrick] where I can be competitive with the advantage I have technically, and this year I’ve been able to show that I’m closer than ever now."
What he is right now is an amazingly consistent performer of quads — the Salchow and toe loop, alone and in combinations — and now that they’re worth more points via the ongoing evolution of the scoring system, that edge is accentuated.
Jump-wise, he’s miles above the rung Elvis was standing on when he won his three world titles. There’s more to it, alas.
The hard part has always been to strike a balance between keeping the quads solid — the legacy of Browning and Stojko — and the time he needs to devote to skating skills, spins and performance.
How close is he? We’ll find out.
“I think what happened with Kevin at Four Continents is, suddenly people are saying, ‘Holy (crap), this guy is capable of taking it all,’ ” McLeod said. “So at worlds, it’s whoever puts down two great programs. You can’t screw one up and still win.
“So buy your ticket. It’s going to be interesting.”