Nathan Chen rebounds at Skate Canada after Las Vegas stumble

  • Nathan Chen, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Nathan Chen, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Nathan Chen, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Nathan Chen, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Nathan Chen, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Nathan Chen, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Nathan Chen, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Nathan Chen, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Jason Brown, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Jason Brown, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Jason Brown, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Jason Brown, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Russia's Kamila Valieva performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Russia's Kamila Valieva performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Russia's Kamila Valieva performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Russia's Kamila Valieva performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Russia's Kamila Valieva performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Russia's Kamila Valieva performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Russia's Alena Kostornaia performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Russia's Alena Kostornaia performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Karen Chen, of the United States, performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Karen Chen, of the United States, performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Alysa Liu, of the United States, performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Alysa Liu, of the United States, performs her women's short program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong perform their pairs short program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong perform their pairs short program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Canada's Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro perform their pairs short program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Canada's Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro perform their pairs short program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Russia's Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin perform their pairs short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Russia's Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin perform their pairs short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Canada's Vanessa James and Eric Radford perform their pairs short program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Canada's Vanessa James and Eric Radford perform their pairs short program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Tomoki Hiwatashi, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Tomoki Hiwatashi, of the United States, performs his men's short program during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier perform their ice dance rhythm dance routine during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier perform their ice dance rhythm dance routine during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

  • Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier perform their ice dance rhythm dance routine during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier perform their ice dance rhythm dance routine during the Skate Canada figure skating competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Posted10/30/2021 7:00 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Nathan Chen rebounded from a surprising struggle last weekend at Skate America to top the short program Friday at Skate Canada.

Third last week in Las Vegas after winning 14 straight events since March 2018, the 22-year-old American scored 106.72 points to open the competition at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

 

'Any time, both in practice and competition, when you don't do well, I want immediately to get another opportunity to try,' Chen said. 'I don't know if it's going to be successful or but I want that next opportunity. I'm thrilled I have this opportunity to try this again rather than wait three or four weeks.'

The three-time world champion who won the Grand Prix Final in Vancouver in 2019, Chen had a whooping technical element score of 60.29.

Fellow American Jason Brown was second at 94.00, and Canada's Keegan Messing was third at 93.28 in front of about 600 fans at the University of British Columbia rink.

'Having the crowd was incredible,' Missing said. 'I almost forgot what it was like to skate with a crowd. They were pumping me up and getting me going. I felt like my feet were floating on the ice tonight.'

At night in the women's short program, 15-year-old Kamila Valieva scored 84.19 points to lead a Russian sweep of the top three spots. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, the 2015 world champion, was second at 81.24, and Alena Kostornaia third at 75.58.

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China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong led the pairs after the short program at 78.94. Russia's Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin were a distant second at 69.46. Americans Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc were sixth at 61.68.

In ice dancing, Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier led at 85.65 after the rhythm program. They won the 2019 event in Kelowna.

'It's been a scramble of a few weeks really trying to nail everything down and get it as smooth as possible,' Poirier said. 'We knew this was going to be our first performance in front of a live crowd in almost two years. What we really tried to do was manage our energy with the energy of the crowd behind us.'

Italy's Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri were second at 78.82, followed by Spain's Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz at 76.97.

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