Vincent Zhou of Palo Alto collapses at World Figure Skating Championships – East Bay Times


Vincent Zhou’s performance at the World Championship couldn’t have been a bigger disaster Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden.

Zhou, the 2019 world bronze medalist, failed to qualify for the free skating after imploding during the men’s short program. Zhou, who grew up in Palo Alto, blasted all three jumps in one of his most disappointing performances in some time.

The US team had a rough day as reigning world champion Nathan Chen fell on a quadruple lutz and was third before the free skating on Saturday.

The Japanese stars dominated the day with Yuzuru Hanyu leading the competition with 106.98 points and Yuma Kagiyama second at 100.96. Chen, who won his fifth straight US title this year, is third with 98.85 points. American Jason Brown is seventh with 91.25 points.

Zhou, 20, scored a meager 70.51 points and missed qualifying for the free skating by one place.

He skated to “Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”. But it was rather a scary and frightening night for the athlete who finished second behind Chen at the 2021 US Championships in Las Vegas.

It wasn’t the performance Zhou wanted a year before the Beijing Games.

Zhou, who is on leave from Brown University, told reporters he was feeling nervous after a strong warm-up.

“My legs… I had stomach butterflies, but all over my body,” he says. “I felt stiff. My mental scenario said: “Shut up, you are here to do your job”. ”

The short program went sideways from the start when Zhou undershot his quadruple loop and then hit the ice. He stayed upright on the big quadruple salchow-triple toe combination. But the judges accosted him for undershooting the quadruple jump to open the combination.

Finally, Zhou also fell on his triple axel jump and finished with total deductions of -2.00 points.

Zhou vowed to use the experience to bounce back like he has throughout his career. 2018 Olympian, Zhou did not hesitate to discuss what had happened.

“It’s always better to talk about it than to drown in my own misery,” he said. “For me, I feel like I let my teammates and myself down, but dwelling on these things will only make me feel worse. I will probably be miserable and not dwell on it. I can’t let the day go to my head.

Zhou failed to qualify for the free skate on Saturday. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg / Getty Images)
Vincent Zhou, bronze medalist at the 2019 World Championships, struggled on three jumps on Thursday (AP Photo / Martin Meissner)
Vincent Zhou of the United States performs during the men’s short program at the World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday, March 25, 2021. (AP Photo / Martin Meissner)


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