KINGSTON, Ontario — Nobunari Oda was unable to hold onto the lead he took after the short program and settled for second at Skate Canada on Sunday with an unconvincing free skate performance.
Oda finished with a total of 236.52 points, 3.0 behind local favorite and world silver medalist Patrick Chan, who came from fourth to win after generating the highest free skate score in the second event of this season’s Grand Prix series.
American Adam Rippon placed third with 233.04. Yasuharu Nanri, the other Japanese in the field, was ninth with 188.96.
“I got so nervous that I couldn’t skate fast enough to land a quadruple, the first jump in my program, cleanly,” said Oda, whose long program ranked third after Chan and Rippon.
“I might have tried to perform defensively all in all and probably it affected the score for my performance. Hopefully I won’t repeat that mistake next time,” he said.
Oda gave Japan a podium finish for the second consecutive week in the Grand Prix series after world champion Daisuke Takahashi won the season-opening NHK Trophy in Nagoya.
American Alissa Czisny rallied to win the women’s title, taking advantage of Canadian star Cynthia Phaneuf’s two falls.
Czisny had a winning score of 172.37 points. Russia’s Ksenia Makarova was second at 165.00, and Canada’s Amelie Lacoste was third at 157.26.
Phaneuf, the leader after the short program, finished fourth.
“I was disappointed in myself, what can I say, I wasn’t on top of my legs for the entire program,” Phaneuf said. “I’m just very mad that I couldn’t put it all together and do what I can on the ice.”