2017 Finlandia Trophy: top men debuted their programs in Espoo

The figure skating fans attending this year’s edition of Finlandia Trophy had tons of reasons to be happy – so many big names were present in Espoo in all four disciplines. And after summarizing pairs, ladies and ice dance, we’re showing you glimpses of the men’s event – Boyang Jin won the gold medal, followed by Vincent Zhou (silver) and Adam Rippon (bronze); but the competition featured also Mikhail Kolyada, Ross Miner, Michal Brezina or Kevin Reynolds. You’ll see them all while performing their short programs in Espoo Metro Areena – and since for many skaters this was the first international competition of the season, their presence in Finlandia Trophy is very well (photo) documented.

photos by Askar Ibragimov

It was China’s Boyang Jin, 2016 and 2017 World bronze medalist, who ran away with the crown of the men’s event in Espoo – he scored 252.60 points overall. Here you have him performing his short program this season, to music from the soundtrack of the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” – a program choreographed by Lori Nichol.

Silver medalist in Espoo: Vincent Zhou from USA (250.01 points). His short program is set to “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol (see pictures below). And though he was 6th after SP, he won the free skate and finished second overall.

Adam Rippon finished 3rd at this year’s edition of Finlandia Trophy, with 249.88 points, just 0.13 of a point separating him from the silver medal. Adam chose to keep his short program from last season – to “Let Me Think About It”, performed by Ida Carr feat. Fedde Le Grand. And the following photos show him having a blast while skating in Espoo.

4th in Espoo: Russia’s Mikhail Kolyada (248.50 points), who actually won the SP segment of the men’s event – this season, he skates to an interesting blend of Piano Concerto no. 23 by Mozart and a tango.

The intermediate podium after the men’s SP in Espoo: Mikhail was first, Boyang was second, Adam was third – as you can easily understand, things have changed after the long programs.

Ross Miner was 5th at this year’s edition of Finlandia Trophy (233.72 points) – Ross chose “Cosmic Superhero” by Bart van Wissen, “Magic Cure” by Inkmash, “Downtown” by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis feat. Eric Nally to accompany him this season in the short program.

6th overall, with 233.28 points, was Michal Brezina; and Michal chose to return to a short program choreographed by Pasquale Camerlengo, to Japanese Kodo Drums, a program used during both 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons.

Russia’s Andrei Lazukin, one of Alexei Mishin’s students, finished the event in Espoo on the 8th place; here you have him skating to “Malagueña” in his SP.

…while Alexander Petrov – also from Mishin’s team – was 9th at this year’s edition of Finlandia Trophy. This season, Alexander is skating in his short program to “Sabre Dance” by Aram Khatchaturian.

Canada’s Roman Sadovsky was 10th in Espoo – in his short program this season he’s accompanied by “The Vampire Masquerade” by Peter Gundry.

Kevin Reynolds finished 2017 Finlandia Trophy on the 11th place – in his SP, Kevin skates to music from the soundtrack of the movie “Whiplash”.

18th in Espoo was Estonia’s Daniel Albert Naurits – Daniel is skating to “Tanguera” performed by Sexteto Tango.

…and a coloured bottle of water, belonging to a skater, to finish our recap with; see you next time, Espoo.


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