U.S. Men 2020-21 season news & updates

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Final standings of the 9 U.S. men who competed (12 total) at Skate America:

GOLD Nathan CHEN, USA 111.17 (1) 187.98 (1) 299.15 (2 big mistakes in FS today were 2S & 1A; landed opening 4F+3T and 2nd half 4T+1Eu+3F & 4T+3T - he had better/cleaner FS practice run throughs ;))
SILVER Vincent ZHOU, USA 99.36 (2) 175.74 (2) 275.10 (first GP medal on his 5th try; landed 4Lz+3T & both 3A)
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4 Tomoki HIWATASHI, USA 87.17 (4) 158.13 (4) 245.30 (highest scoring jump passes were 4T+3T, 3A+2T & final 3Lz+1Eu+3F)
5 Ilia MALININ, USA 76.75 (7) 143.56 (5) 220.31 (landed opening 4T, 4S & 3A - impressive senior debut :))
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7 Alexei KRASNOZHON, USA 78.06 (5) 136.55 (9) 214.61 (landed clean 4Lo in SP)
8 Maxim NAUMOV, USA 70.91 (8) 143.36 (6) 214.27
9 Camden PULKINEN, USA 69.09 (9) 138.73 (7) 207.82
10 Jimmy MA, USA 63.36 (11) 133.62 (10) 196.98
11 Joseph KANG, USA 68.08 (10) 124.29 (11) 192.37
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I was watching Ilia Malinin at SKAM (sorry, don't have access to Kiss and Cry), and I was suddenly curious as to why he has his mother's last name and not his father's. Does anyone know? Or is it just a stage name because she is better known?
I don't know, but maybe it's because the first part of the paternal surname is pronounced "scorn." :unsure:
 

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Not sure where to put this, but Rafael Arutyunyan did an interview in Russian after Skate America. Sounds like he was pleased with the bubble logistics in Las Vegas (they even had a dedicated elevator), and apparently Nathan did a 4 loop for the team event.


Google Translate worked pretty well: https://translate.google.com/transl.../article/793498-arutyunyan-vegas-chen-trusova
 

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The interview is also here:
I always enjoy his interviews.

It’s a pipe dream but I would love for Alysia Liu to work with him. For once a jumping phenom like Alysa comes along in the US, and she self combusts (probably at her dad’s insistence) with literally the worst possible coach changing decision. The two of them went to the east coast on their own to get some ice time for training for a month and half - they could’ve gone to Rafal!
 

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I've posted the Arutunian interview in its own GSD thread (since it's about more than Nathan & U.S. men :)): https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/arutunian-interview-post-skate-america-2020.107734/

Translated excerpt re. Ilia Malinin:
It was a pleasure for me to work with Ilia Malinin this year, the son of Tanya Malinina and Roma Skornyakov. In Las Vegas, he did two quadruple jumps in the short program and two in the free program.

If you have time, look how luxuriously a guy in his 15 years jumps a quadruple toe loop. I also consider this to be my contribution to a certain extent, and I will be very pleased if Ilia grows into a serious skater.
ISU Figure Skating's IG account shared a clip of Malinin's opening 4T in his Skate America FS: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGvZrlQlzth/
 

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2 recent Fan Zone articles (re-posting here from their respective fan threads):


 

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Haven't seen this discussed anywhere but this link was posted in a couple of threads, so thought I would ask. If you scroll down the page to #2 Responses to Rafael, etc. what is meant by "The rule amendment proposed in June, which is most favorable to Hanyu, has been postponed. However, there is a possibility that the Hanyu rule will be enforced again one year before Beijing or when there is a postponement." The comments are about Hanyu and Chen are not really on the same level (I don't agree).
Another comment "I want ISU to stop passing the Hanyu rules due to the power of the number of Hanyu fans.
Figure skating is an Olympic sport, so I want ISU to score fairly and cleanly."
[This is not a comment on Hanyu as much as it is about ISU changing rules to favor certain skaters - possible? probable? myth?]

https://fs-gossips.com/rafael-harut...mpete-with-someone-on-equals-at-the-olympics/
 

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Haven't seen this discussed anywhere but this link was posted in a couple of threads, so thought I would ask. If you scroll down the page to #2 Responses to Rafael, etc. what is meant by "The rule amendment proposed in June, which is most favorable to Hanyu, has been postponed."
Refer to this GSD thread (ISU's Scale of Values for jumps later was suspended on June 17): https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...-judging-rules-for-jumps.107222/#post-5807100

Update for this season: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...difficulty-guidelines-for-marking-goe.107375/
 
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Sean Rabbitt's retirement announcement today (https://twitter.com/SeanRabbitt/status/1327371074451820544 ), along with related links, are posted in the Skater Retirements 2020 thread, starting here: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/skater-retirements-2020.107153/page-2#post-5898987

Well, we knew Sean had to retire at some point. But still, I will miss him on the competitive scene. Always so fun to watch, especially of course at Nationals, where he had so many memorable performances. Although he became known as a showman, often with funny or even campy programs, it was actually the classic quality of his spins, extensions, posture, and jump height that kept me watching, as much as his musicality. Seeing him live, especially, he had a big presence on the ice, due to his height, charisma, and of course that hair. :D Hope we will still see him in shows, after this ********* finally ends.
 

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Figure Skaters Online shared some photos of Sean through the years and mentioned they plan to publish an interview with him next week: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHjUHd_LXJp/

I've posted a "fluff" article about the friendship among Nathan, Mariah and her boyfriend Romain in this thread: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/meet-“the-trio”.107786/

The Las Vegas Invitational singles team event will air tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 15) on NBC from 4-6 pm Eastern. The 6 men who taped their free skates back on Monday, Oct. 26 were:

Team Tara: Nathan Chen, Alex Krasnozhon, Ilia Malinin (wildcard entry)
Team Johnny: Vincent Zhou, Tomoki Hiwatashi, Camden Pulkinen
 

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