U.S. champion Nathan Chen opened the Grand Prix season by beating Olympic gold-medal favorite Yuzuru Hanyu.
Chen, 18, held off Hanyu at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, totaling 293.79 points to win by 3.02 over the Japanese megastar. Full scores are here.
Chen landed four quadruple jumps in a strong but imperfect free skate for his first Grand Prix title in his second senior international season.
Hanyu outscored Chen in the free skate, but the American benefited from his 5.69-point lead from Friday’s short program.
Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world champion, has never won his opening Grand Prix start in eight tries.
He did three quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate rather than the planned five, but did not fall as he did in the short program.
Chen has now outscored Hanyu in three of their last four head-to-head events dating to February.
The Rostelecom Cup free dance and pairs and women’s free skates are later Saturday.
A full Rostelecom Cup broadcast schedule is here.
The Grand Prix season continues next weekend with Skate Canada, headlined by three-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and three-time world champion Patrick Chan.
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