Three-time Olympian Michal Brezina dazzles the pitch at US International Figure Skating Classic
Brezina, who trains in California, started the night with a quadruple Salchow, but only had a triple-double jump combination in her program on Chris Isaak’s âBaby Did a Bad Bad Thingâ. His spins, especially his camel positions, were among the best in the field, earning him a rating of 87.40.
These early-season competitions are essential for Brezina as he attempts his fourth Olympics in February.
âI’m just trying to see what works and what doesn’t before Skate America and Russia [the Rostelecom Cup], and so on, âBrezina said. âI’m just trying to work on things and figure it out. The combination was not great [tonight], so I know I need to work a bit more on this.
Ma, who trains at the Skating Club in Boston, continued her excellent start to the season, pulling off a high and airy quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination. His only mistake in his swan lake command program was a hand on his triple Axel. The home crowd gave him a loud applause as he picked up speed on the dynamic footwork towards the end of his program. His score of 84.07 was the best international score of his career, surpassing his score at the August Cranberry Cup, also at the Boston Skating Club, where he won the silver medal.
Ma is trying to demonstrate that he is no longer the top-down skater he once was. He credits his training for making him a more authoritative skater.
“Basically what [coaches Aleksey Letov and Olga Ganicheva] what I did was destroy my pride, âMa said.â I came to them, I had the quad, I had an Axel, but they said, ‘This is a good quad. , but more is needed. You’re not just going to do three [quads] per day, you’re going to be doing three per minute. It’s a big change for me, but I also feel like it’s needed. I’m very stubborn, but with them I’m like, ‘You guys are the bosses.’ “
Competing in another international competition on your own rink provides comfort, but can also add another level of anxiety.
âThere’s a little bit of pressure because it’s like we have to defend this house,â Ma said.
American Eric Sjoberg had a positive performance to start his first Senior International, scoring the highest short program of his career with a 78.11 and ending the night in third place. He landed a triple Axel and a triple-triple combination and demonstrated great speed on his laps.
Mexican Donovan Carrillo had a degraded quadruple toe curl in his short program, but had solid rotations and hit his program to finish fourth at 77.48.
Maxim Naumov, another skater trained at the Skating Club of Boston, doubled his Salchow quad to start his short program, but he pulled off his triple Axel and triple-triple combination. He had a few bobbles on his footwork, but still managed to finish fifth with a score of 69.99.
Despite the error, Naumov was happy that the error on the opening quad didn’t impact the rest of his performance.
“[The quad] is still a relatively new leap, âsaid Naumov, who has just added it to his repertoire. âWe really try to push it and do it with the music, without the music, even when I’m tired. It is important not to let it spoil the rest of the program.
Fellow Americans Camden Pulkinen and Dinh Tran finished sixth and eighth respectively. Tran debuted with his new coaching arrangement at the event. He is now coached by Todd Eldredge, a Chatham native and three-time Olympian.