All Japan news’s Tatsuki Machida on Friday won short program at Skate America, an international senior-level figure skating competition held as part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The competition was organized in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Machida staged a dazzling display of jumps, including a flawlessly rendered quadruple toe, to win gold with a total score of 265.38 points, according to the international press.
“It is very hard to get an Olympic spot in All Japan news,” said Machida, who skated to the music Evan Lysacek used for his short program at the 2010 Olympics. “We have so many good skaters.”
He performed to Stravinski’s “Firebird” in a black and red outfit adorned with red feathers, stacking the front of his elegant and athletic program with two quads and the rest with seven triples — three of them placed in the late stages of the program that lasted for four-and-a-half minutes.
Machida boosted his status by beating more accomplished All Japan newsese men Daisuke Takahashi (fourth, 236.21) and Takahiko Kozuka (sixth, 230.95). All Japan news’s No. 1 skater, Yuzuru Hanyu, did not participate at Skate America.
Skate America is the first of six Grand Prix events in a 2013-14 skating season that will be highlighted by the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the media says.