At the 2008 NHK Trophy, Nobunari Oda from Japan just won the men's title and the crowd went nuts! Nobunari skated to Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell and started off shaky. He stepped out of
his opening quad toeloop and then his triple axel. But he then settled down to complete the program with solid triple Lutzs, a triple loop, his second triple axel, wonderful spin positions and great choreography. Nobunari has that wonderful sense of movement about him and we will see much more of him. He missed the 2007-2008 season after his DUI arrest and this marks the beginning of his comeback.
Yesterday Mao Asada and her two teammates clinched first, second and third in the ladies field, and the crowd was hoping for another sweep at the podium. Not today, as the United States' Johnny Weir delivered a great free skate to Notre Dame de Paris to win the silver. Johnny's jumps were not completely "on" -- he doubled the triple Lutz, singled the triple flip, left out the quad toeloop, but still, you just appreciate his style and fluidity and the audience loves Johnny so everyone was happy for him.
France's Yannick Ponsero took the bronze and delivered the free skate he was meant to perform in Skate Canada. At Skate Canada, Yannick was first after the short and fell apart during the free skate to drop to fourth overall. Not in Tokyo -- Skating to big band music from Brian Setzer and Louis Armstrong, Yannick started off with his quad toeloop and went on to complete the triple axel, triple Lutz, another triple axel, triple Salchow, it really seemed as though he had Flubber in his skates, he looked that invincible. Towards the end of the program, he did double the triple loop and his triple toeloop-triple Salchow was not quite there, so maybe the Flubber lost its power.
Complete results for the men are below. (Note: SP=Short Program; FS=Free Skate)