Warning: Do not keep reading if you’d like to remain spoiler-free for NBC’s primetime Winter Olympics broadcast Thursday (Feb. 13), which will feature the men’s figure skating short program results.
It was a day of ups and downs for men’s figure skating. Beloved Russian skater Yevgeny Plushenko hurt himself in warm-ups and was forced to withdraw from the competition. An hour later, Japanese skater Yuzuru Hanyu became the first skater to ever earn a short program score that tops 100.
The U.S. skaters each had a good day, albeit for very different reasons. Jason Brown skated a clean program and earned a personal best 86 points, good for 6th place and putting him in the mix for the bronze medal, all depending on how the free skate shakes out.
Jeremy Abbott, on the other hand, fell hard during his first jump, crashing against the boards and lying there on the ice for nearly 30 seconds. However, spurred on by the crowd’s cheers, Abbott got up and completed his program. He tells NBC, “I had to finish. … When I heard the crowd behind me, I was like I have to finish this for them, I have to do this for them.” The fall did leave Abbott in 15th, however.
The full short program results:
Japan, Yuzuru Hanyu, 101.45
Canada, Patrick Chan, 97.52,
Spain, Javier Fernandez, 86.98
Japan, Daisuke Takahashi, 86.40
Germany, Peter Liebers, 86.04
U.S., Jason Brown, 86.00
France, Brian Joubert, 85.84
China, Han Yan, 85.66
Kazakhstan, Denis Ten, 84.06
Sweden, Alexander Majorov, 83.81
Japan, Tatsuki Machida, 83.48
Czech Republic, Michal Brenzina, 81.95
Czech Republic, Tomas Verner, 81.09
France, Florent Amodio, 75.58
U.S., Jeremy Abbott, 72.58
Belgium, Jorik Hendrickx, 72.52
Canada, Kevin Reynolds, 68.76
Uzbekistan, Misha Ge, 68.07
Philippines, Michael Christian Martinez, 64.81
Kazakhstan, Abzal Rakimgaliev, 64.18
Ukraine, Yakov Godorozha, 62.65
Israel, Alexei Bychenko, 62.44
Estonia, Viktor Romanenkov, 61.55
Belgium, Zoltan Kelemen, 60.41
Spain, Javier Raya, 59.76
Austria, Viktor Pfeifer, 56.60
Italy, Paul Bonifacio Parkinson, 56.30
Canada, Liam Firus, 55.04
Australia, Brendan Kerry, 47.12
The Top 24 finishers qualify for the free skate, which kicks off at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT Friday, Feb. 14.