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2017 U.S. Nationals: Novice Men

Posted by unseenskaters on January 16, 2017

2017 MEDALISTS & final standings:
GOLD – Maxim Naumov, Charter Oak FSC 55.82 (1) 122.03 (1) 177.85
SILVER – Joseph Kang, University of Delaware FSC 52.04 (2) 114.55 (2) 166.59
BRONZE – Dinh Tran, SC of San Francisco 51.98 (3) 97.43 (6) 149.41
PEWTER – Joonsoo Kim, DuPage FSC 47.60 (5) 100.35 (4) 147.95

5 Lucas Altieri, Panthers FSC 47.50 (6) 98.76 (5) 146.26
6 Paul Yeung, All Year FSC 43.77 (9) 100.61 (3) 144.38
7 Jordan Evans, University of Delaware FSC 48.35 (4) 91.03 (9) 139.38
8 Patrick Frohling, All Year FSC 42.28 (12) 93.48 (7) 135.76
9 Jonathan Yang, St. Paul FSC 42.81 (11) 92.81 (8) 135.62
10 Alan Wong, Dallas FSC 43.15 (10) 85.88 (10) 129.03
11 Alex Wellman, Central Illinois FSC 47.36 (7) 79.88 (12) 127.24
12 Max Wang, Glacier Falls FSC 44.53 (8) 80.08 (11) 124.61

RESULTS LINKS:
Novice Men FS results/protocolsNovice Men SP results/protocols
Top 6 after SP:
1 Maxim Naumov, Charter Oak FSC 55.82 (3Lz+2T, 3F, 2A; level 4 spins & footwork)
2 Joseph Kang, University of Delaware FSC 52.04 (3Lz+2T, 3Lo(-1.4), 2A)
3 Dinh Tran, SC of San Francisco 51.98 (3Lz+2T, 3F, 2A)
4 Jordan Evans, University of Delaware FSC 48.35 (3T, 3Lz+2T, 2A)
5 Joonsoo Kim, DuPage FSC 47.60 (2A, 3Lz+2T, 3F< fall; level 4 spins & footwork)
6 Lucas Altieri, Panthers FSC 47.50 (3S+3T(-1.4), 3Lo, 2A; level 4 spins & footwork)

EVENT ARTICLES & PHOTOS:
IceNetwork’s Novice Men FS recap article by Mimi McKinnis for IceNetwork

“I’m speechless. I don’t really know what to say. I can’t believe it.”
When Maxim Naumov looked at his free skate protocols, his excitement was obvious. Although five skaters remained in the novice men’s free skate at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, he had amassed enough points — 177.85 to be exact — to ensure he had done his job: win his first U.S. title.
Bringing a 3.78-point lead into Tuesday’s free skate, Naumov persevered through a shaky opening triple lutz-double toe combination to execute an otherwise clean performance, netting 122.03 points for his “Spanish Flame” program.
“Before I even skated today, I woke up and I thought, ‘This is it. Today is going to be the day,'” Naumov said. “I knew what I had to do, and I had my mind made up. When something happens, you have to leave it behind you because you can’t change it. After the lutz combination, that’s what I did. I just kept going and did what I had to do.”
In all, Naumov completed seven triple jumps, four of which were in combination or part of a series, to win the title by more than 11 points.
Joseph Kang and Dinh Tran also maintained their placements after the short program, rounding out the top three with 166.59 and 149.41 points, respectively. Kang, the 2016 U.S. intermediate champion, fought for every element in his Carmina Burana free skate, ending up with a segment score of 114.55 and the silver medal.
“I stumbled on the landing of the triple toe and put a hand down on the triple sal, so the double toe after that didn’t go too well. The toes got me going all over,” Kang said. “But I think I did well, especially for moving up a level, and it feels good knowing I can still walk away a silver medalist, even with a skate as imperfect as this.”
Tran struggled in his Jesus Christ Superstar routine, popping his opening lutz to a single and falling on a triple flip to place sixth in the segment. But a strong short program and the third-highest program components score of the free skate (44.56) kept him solidly in third place over pewter medalist Joonsoo Kim.
“I think I was too nervous going into that first lutz,” Tran said. “But I’ve been working a lot on being able to recover, and I’m much better at fighting for the rest of the program than I was last season. I reminded myself that what’s done is done and there’s nothing to do but move forward to what I knew I could do. I believed in myself.”
Kim pulled up from a fifth-best short program to finish fourth overall with 147.95 points.

IceNetwork’s Novice Men FS photo gallery
IceNetwork’s Novice Men SP recap article by Mimi McKinnis for IceNetwork

Maxim Naumov held off Joseph Kang and Dinh Tran for the top spot in the novice men’s short program at the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Monday afternoon at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri.
Naumov came back from a number of setbacks after being crowned U.S. novice bronze medalist in 2016. Instead of hitting the ground running toward his next qualifying season, Naumov spent the first half of 2016 adjusting to a substantial difference in stature.
“The first six months after nationals, I wasn’t doing too well,” Naumov said. “I was growing a lot and had some problems and pains as a result, so the whole first half of the year was really slow. I had to adjust.
“Once all that was behind me, I really picked up the pace and trained hard to win here,” he continued. “I’ve trained so hard, and I’m committed to this. I’m really ready to do my best here, and I’m happy with my first skate.”
With a look of graceful determination, Naumov gave a clean performance that received only one negative Grade of Execution. He landed a triple lutz-double toe, triple flip and double axel during his short to “Maybe I Maybe You” by Scorpions, and he was the only skater in the top four to earn a Level 4 on his spins and step sequence. He sits solidly in first place with 55.82 points.
“I’m relieved,” Naumov said. “I’ve had a rough time. In the hard times, you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen. You have to pick yourself back up, and that’s what I did. Now I have to keep my mental focus and stay in this place through the free skate.”
Kang also experienced a growth spurt in the offseason, not only in terms of height but also in his level of skating. As the 2016 U.S. intermediate champion, he felt pressure to stay at the top of his game.
“It’s been difficult because I have these expectations now,” Kang said. “I want to keep building on my success, but it’s also a cool experience to go after a new level, see how far you can push yourself and how much you can improve. For me, other than my long program being a minute longer, it’s not that much different. I think if you tell yourself it’s not that big of a deal, you can make that transition more smoothly.”
A shaky triple loop in his Henry V short threatened to place Kang lower than second, but the Delaware skater’s program components helped him edge Tran by just 0.06 points. He heads into Tuesday’s free skate with 52.04 points.
Just one year after failing to qualify for the U.S. championships in his first novice season, Tran, the 2015 U.S. intermediate silver medalist, is thrilled to round out the top three.
“This year I really pushed myself to work on my components and my spins, in particular, and I really think I’ve improved a lot,” Tran said. “To be where I am after the short program definitely helps give me confidence again. I’ve been taking my training seriously and not fooling around as much. Now I’m going to keep it up and just take things one element at a time.”
Tran amassed a technical element score of 29.89 for his “Tango Amore” short, the second highest of the event.
Jordan Evans sits fourth with 48.35 points.

IceNetwork’s Novice Men SP photo gallery

COMPETITOR PROFILES (listed by age, youngest to oldest):

Joseph Kang
Age: 13; 8/31/03
Club: University of Delaware FSC
Training Town: Newark, DE
Coach: Pam Gregory, Anne Militano
Choreographer: Sasha Kirsanov, Anne Militano
SP: Music from Henry V film soundtrack by Patrick Doyle
FS: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
FS score at E Sectional: 102.42
He is the 2016 U.S. Intermediate champion.

Lucas Altieri
Age: 15; 8/15/01
Club: Panthers SC
Training Town: Coral Springs, FL
Coach: Laura Pizzelanti
Choreographer: Silvia Fontana
SP: “Incantation” from Cirque du Soleil
FS: “Heart of Courage” and “To Glory” by Two Steps From Hell
FS score at E Sectional: 88.39
He is the 2016 U.S. Intermediate pewter medalist.

Maxim Naumov
Age: 15; 8/1/01
Club: Charter Oak FSC
Training Town: Simsbury, CT
Coach: Vadim Naumov, Vladimir Petrenko
Choreographer: Mathew Gates, Evgenia Shishkova
SP: “Maybe I Maybe You” by Scorpions, performed by Klaus Meine
FS: “Spanish Flame” by Maxime Rodriguez
FS score at E Sectional: 87.17
He is the 2016 U.S. Novice bronze medalist and Gardena Spring Trophy Adv. Novice gold medalist in his Team USA debut in April 2016.
He is the son of the 1994 World pairs champions Shishkova/Naumov: [Link to Article]

Jonathan Yang
Age: 15; 6/26/01
Club: St. Paul FSC
Training Town: St. Paul, MN
Coach: Melissa Jasperson, Benjamin Miller Reisman
Choreographer: Jamie Isley
SP: “Still Loving You” by Scorpions
FS: Charlie Chaplin medley
FS score at M Sectional: 90.34
He was 2016 Intermediate 5th.

Dinh Tran
Age: 15; 6/21/01
Club: SC of San Francisco
Training Town: San Francisco, CA
Coach: Jeff Crandell, Lisa Kriley
Choreographer: Luois Vachon, Marina Klimova
SP: “Tango Amore” by Edvin Marton
FS: Music from Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber
FS score at P Sectional: 98.59
He was the 2015 U.S. Intermediate silver medalist.

Jordan Evans
Age: 15; 4/1/01
Club: University of Delaware FSC
Training Town: Newark, DE
Coach: Jeff DiGregorio, Pam Gregory
Choreographer: Karen Ludington
SP: “Smile” performed by Nat King Cole
FS: “Tango Amore” by Edvin Marton
FS score at E Sectional: 76.96
He is the 2016 U.S. Intermediate bronze medalist.

Luke Ferrante (WD)
Age: 16; 9/1/00
Club: SC of Huntsville
Training Town: Huntsville, AL
Coach: Editha Dotson-Bowser
Choreographer: Editha Dotson-Bowser
SP: “Tango Por Una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel, performed by Ithzak Perlman
FS: “Your Song” (from Moulin Rouge) performed by Ewan McGregor
FS score at M Sectional: 86.97

Joonsoo Kim
Age 16; 3/12/00
Club: DuPage FSC
Training Town: Darien, IL
Coach: Debbie Stoery
Choreographer: Scott Brown
SP: Pavane Op. 50 by Gabriel Faure
FS: Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell, performed by Philip Fowke
FS score at M Sectional: 99.06

Alex Wellman
Age: 16; 1/26/00
Club: Central Illinois FSC
Training Town: Bloomington, IL
Coach/Choreographer: Madalyn Brook
SP: Music from Schindler’s List by John Williams, performed by Ithzak Perlman
FS: Music from Les Miserables and Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil
FS score at M Sectional: 89.44
He is the 2016 U.S. Intermediate silver medalist.
[Link to his Ice Musings blog interview]

Paul Yeung
Age: 17; 10/1/99
Club: All Year FSC
Training Town: Simi Valley, CA
Coach: Brianna Weissmann, Bianca Marro
Choreographer: Brianna Weissmann
SP: “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schonberg
FS: Medley by Queen incl. Bohemian Rhapsody with vocals
FS score at P Sectional: 108.84
He was 2016 Novice 10th.
He is the 2017 U.S. Intermediate Pairs pewter medalist with Altice Sollazo.

Max Wang
Age: 17; 5/6/99
Club: Glacier Falls FSC
Training Town: Anaheim, CA
Coach: Alyssa Hatfield, Christopher Pottenger
Choreographer: Alyssa Hatfield, Marina Mikoultchik
SP: “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars
FS: “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
FS score at P Sectional: 83.07
He was 2016 Intermediate 6th.

Patrick Frohling
Age: 18; 10/29/98
Club: All Year FSC
Training Town: Burbank, CA
Coach: Wendy Olson, Amy Evidente
Choreographer: Jamie Isley, Larisa Ge
SP: “Roundtable Rival” performed by Lindsey Stirling
FS: Romeo + Juliet (1996 film soundtrack) by Craig Armstrong & “Kissing You” by Des’ree and Tim Atack
FS score at P Sectional: 94.67

Alan Wong
Age: N/A
Club: Dallas FSC
Coach: Sergey Artemov?
SP: Blues guitar piece
FS: Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo
FS score at M Sectional: 80.72
He was the 2015 U.S. Intermediate bronze medalist.
(He replaced Luke Ferrante as the first alternate from Midwestern Sectionals.)

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