World junior champion Nam Nguyen of Toronto landed a quadruple Salchow and two triple Axels to post a personal best score and win the bronze medal in men’s competition on Saturday night at Skate America.
The competition is the opening stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.
Tatsuki Machida of Japan took the gold medal with 269.09 points, Jason Brown of the U.S. was second at 234.17 and Nguyen followed at 232.24 in his senior Grand Prix debut.
Nguyen, 16, roared into his program to music from La Strada packing in the quad and two triple Axels -including one in combination, in the first minute. He added five more triples including a beautiful Lutz to cap the program.
The medal was a bit of a surprise for Nguyen who was seventh after the short program on Friday.
“Ididn’t have a great week of training so it’s nice to finish like this with a satisfying performance,” said Nguyen who is coached by Brian Orser. “The start of my program is important but I know I still have the rest of the program to focus on.”
Nguyen landed the quad Salchow for the first time last week in a silver medal performance at Skate Canada’s Autumn International in Barrie, Ont.
“I felt today’s jump had a lot more power in it and I’m looking forward to doing it again at my next competition.”
By Louis Daignault
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