goes down on the triple flip
Paula - Brezina probably couldn't play for the Czech hockey team anyway because you have to be at least 40 to make it. Figure skating was a good choice.
recovers nicely with a triple loop and a triple lutz
There's something about Brezina I've always liked. And he was a really great interview when I had the chance to meet him a few years back.
Beautiful triple axel to open from Han Yan.
151.67 for Brezina's long program, which gives him a total score of 233.62. He sits in 2nd behind Ten.
This kid is just 17 but you can tell he's gonna be one of the good ones.
160.54 for Yan, which gives him a total of 246.20. He is in 2nd. Ten still in first.
I love that Tatsuki Machida brought two different Firebird costumes to Sochi... He wore his other one in the team event.
goes down on his 1st quad attempt.
hangs on to the 2nd quad.
Clean triple axel triple toe
Lands his second triple axel!
Triple flip, double toe, double loop! beautiful!
Machida was pretty good after that quad fall.
He's racked up the bonus points by packing the second half of the program with jumps!
Machida was only 3 points out of the bronze medal position after the short.
Getting pretty exciting in the crowd now. Everyone knows what's ahead.
It's Hanyu's gold medal to lose. If he skates a clean free program, he will be hard to displace. If he leaves even the slightest opening for Chan, Canada may have its first men's figure skating Olympic champion. Very, very intense.
169.94 for Machida's long program. He finishes with a total score of 253.42. Not enough to overtake Ten. He sits in 2nd.
Final flight on the ice warming up!
Beautiful triple Axel by Patrick Chan in warmup
Canadian legend and two-time Olympic medallist Brian Orser has two in this race. Fernandez and Hanyu both train in Toronto with Orser.
And a nice quad from Patrick but a flip out on the landing on the combo'ed triple toe
Love that triple lutz-half loop-triple salchow combo from Patrick
A picture from a few minutes ago.
Javier Fernandez will get us going
And there's the quad salchow
Tripled the salchow, what was to be his third quad of the program
Almost as fun to watch coach Brian Orser do the program with him behind the boards
You know, "Spain's Javier Fernandez" doesn't work for me. He probably takes the TTC to training. As a Toronto guy, I'd like them to say "Centre of the Universe's Javier Fernandez."
Javier had an entire jumping pass that didn't count because he did too many combinations. Tough luck.
Takahashi up now, then it's Hanyu and Chan back-to-back. Very, very big moments for Canada. Hanyu's skate as important as Chan's.
166.94 for Javier in the long, he sits in 2nd behind Ten.
The energy keeps building in the arena, especially with the Japanese fans cheering on Daisuke
That's two two-foot landings for Daisuke now.
Loving the Beatles Medley in Takahashi's skate.
Ok, we'll await Takahashi's score, and then not breathe for about 17 minutes as we wait for Hanyu, Chan and their respective scores.