FROM US FIGURE SKATING:
BROWN IN SIXTH, ABBOTT IN 15TH AFTER THE MEN'S SHORT PROGRAM
(2/13/14) - After the men's short program at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Jason Brown is in sixth place and Jeremy Abbott is in 15th place. The free skate will take place Friday inside the Iceberg Skating Palace.
Making the Olympic debut for his short program, Jason Brown earned a season-high score of 86.00 points. Skating to "The Question of U" by Prince, Brown opened with a triple Axel and followed that up with a triple flip-triple toe which earned a GOE of 1.30. All of Brown's elements earned positive grades of execution and he added a further 45.39 points for his components. He will skate in the final group for the free skate.
Skating to "Lilies of the Valley," Abbott took a hard fall on his opening quad toe attempt before lying on the ice injured for a few moments. Urged on by the crowd, Abbott continued skating and went on to land both his triple-triple and his triple Axel. He finished with 72.58 points.
In world record fashion, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan is in the lead with 101.45 points. He landed a near-perfect quad toe in addition to his triple Axel and triple Lutz-triple toe which also received high GOEs. He led the event with 54.84 points for his elements. Reigning World champion Patrick Chan of Canada is in second place after earning the highest components mark of the night. He finished with 97.52 points overall. Javier Fernandez of Spain ended the night with 86.98 points and is in third place.
Next up, the men will perform their free skates at 10 a.m. ET on Friday. Abbott will debut his free skate at these Olympics, while Brown will perform his free skate for the second time. For more information, including recaps, photos and results, visit icenetwork.com.
The networks of NBC and NBCOlympics.com will broadcast live, tape delayed and primetime coverage of all 11 days of figure skating competition. The live coverage continues on NBC Sports Network and online at NBCOlympics.com on Friday at 10 a.m. ET. NBC will also provide coverage of figure skating during primetime. See the chart below for a schedule of broadcast times.