Skating to ‘Nemesis’ by Benjamin Clementine, Chen nailed a quadruple Lutz-triple toe combination and a somewhat shaky quadruple flip as well as a triple Axel. The reigning Four Continents Champion collected a level four for two spins and his step sequence to score 103.32 points. “It’s great to feel that you are in the lead. Both of my quads were a little bit shaky that was because I was nervous and little stressed. I will focus on tomorrow and for the future trust myself use energy to put on the show as best as I can,” Chen said. “I’m excited for free program tomorrow. I didn’t do my best at Skate America so I can redeem myself. I have to make sure I calm myself tonight and sleep well so I can start fresh tomorrow and focus on one quad at a time,” the defending ISU Grand Prix Final silver medalist added.
Uno pulled off a quadruple flip, quadruple toeloop-triple toeloop and level-four spins and footwork, but he went down on the triple Axel. The 2017 World silver medalist earned 101.51 points. “I just thought I made "new type of mistake" today. The triple Axel is the jump I know I can land. When I made a mistake, this is not like ‘I felt so disappointed’. But I felt like ‘let’s get this done better next time’. I was not so surprised by 101 points, but I was more surprised by two points deduction. I only fell once, and I don't think anything fell from my costume. I didn't touch the wall either. So I only can think of overtime being another deduction factor. I changed the music a bit and started today's program slightly earlier,” the ISU Grand Prix Final bronze medalist explained.
Kolyada crashed on the opening quadruple Lutz but rallied back to complete a quadruple toeloop-triple toeloop combination, a triple Axel and strong spins and footwork. The Russian Champion was awarded 99.22 points. “A shame I missed the Lutz, but the jump is still not consistent. I haven’t been doing it as long as the toeloop in competition. In practice it has been going well, especially in the past one and a half weeks”, the European bronze medalist said. “It (his first Grand Prix Final) is just like another competition, I feel no different,” he added.
Jason Brown (USA), who stepped out of the back end of his triple flip-triple toe combination, is sitting in fourth on 89.02 points. Sergei Voronov (RUS) almost fell on the triple Axel to come fifth (87.77 points) and Adam Rippon (USA) underrotated a triple Lutz to finish sixth (86.19 points.)