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Lysacek, Weir 1-2 after men's short program

Lysacek, Weir 1-2 after men's short program

Americans Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir resumed their rivalry Friday, holding the top two spots after the men's short program at Skate America.
Lysacek, who edged Weir in a tiebreaker for last season's national title, scored 81.30 despite a one-point deduction when he mistimed the start of his program.
"It was completely my fault," said Lysacek, who leads Weir by .75 points. "I started my movement one second too early."
Japan's Takahiko Kozuka was third with 80.10, just behind Weir's 80.55. The men's free skate is Saturday, along with the ladies short program.
Weir's slight bobble on a triple flip made a difference as skaters debuted programs and music for the new season.
Lysacek, skating to Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" while wearing a Gothic outfit with black gloves, cleanly landed four triples, including a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination. Weir, skating to "Sur Les Ailes Du Temps" by Saint Preux, did well on the same combination, along with landing a triple axel.
Russians Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov of Russia were the suprise leaders after the pairs' short program.
They scored 66.32 points to be ahead of world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy from Germany, with 64.08.
Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker, the defending U.S. champions, were third on 57.02 after Brubaker stumbled landing a triple salchow and McLaughlin fell on a throw triple loop.
"We had little mistakes but it's the beginning of the season," Brubaker said.
Mukhortova and Trankov skated a clean program. They were the European silver medalists last season and the 2005 world junior champions.
Savchenko and Szolkowy, who dominated pairs skating last season by winning the European Championships and worlds as well as the Grand Prix Final, had an early setback when Savchenko spun just twice on a planned triple toe loop, their first jump.
Veterans Rena Inoue and John Baldwin, two-time U.S. champions, were fifth with a score of 50.00 after Inoue fell on a difficult throw triple axel.
Defending world champions Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder of France led the ice dancing standings after a 38.49.
Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto of the United States skated a clean program to be second with 37.63 points. The original dance is on Saturday and the free dance is on Sunday.
Britain's brother-sister pair of Sinead and John Kerr were third with 34.37.
Compulsory dance, where each couple skates to the same music and the same pattern for two rotations around the rink, is considered the easiest segment of the ice dancing competition as the competitors are judged for their mastery of fundamental elements.
But for Belbin and Agosto, it was anything but stress-free. They were heavy favorites for gold at the world championships last March, but failed to medal when Belbin fell during the compulsory, a rare gaffe. Skate America, the sport's season opener, is their first competition since.
"Very nervous, absolutely," Belbin said. "But thankfully our new coaches have been really working on our knee bend and strength in our legs."


Updated : 2021-10-20 03:33 GMT+08:00