KENT, Wash. (AP) — Yuzuru Hanyu dominated the short program Friday night at Skate America.
The 17-year-old Japanese star earned 95.07 points for flawless and thrilling routine. He skated last and received the loudest cheers, then broke into a big smile when his score was annnounced.
Japan’s Takahiko Kozuka was second at 85.32. He was the silver medalist at the 2011 world championships and finished third last year at Skate America.
American Jeremy Abbott was third at 77.71. The defending U.S. champ fell early.
Tatsuki Machida was fourth at 75.78 to give Japan three of the top four spots. The Czech Republic’s Michal Brezina was fifth at 69.26 after falling twice.
In the pairs competition, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov took the lead, scoring 65.78 points in the short program. The Russians were second in the last two world championships and last year’s Grand Prix final.
China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong were second at 61.96 after Jian fell early in the routine. They finished second in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and won world titles in 2006 and 2010.
Americans Caydee Denney and John Coughlin were third at 60.75, followed by France’s Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres at 55.76.