Three-time World champion Patrick Chan and 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron have serious ground to make up after the Trophée Bompard short program.
Japan’s Shoma Uno landed a quadruple toe loop en route to a personal-best 89.56 points for first place, a 2.74-point lead over Russian Maksim Kovtun. Uno, the 17-year-old World junior champion, finished second to Aaron in his Grand Prix debut at Skate America three weeks ago.
“I think my performance was less than 70 percent today,” Uno said, according to the International Skating Union. “The quality of my quad toe and triple Axel could have been better and also my steps and moves were not as good as I can do them in practice”
Chan and Aaron, who won the first two Grand Prix series events this season, are in fifth and seventh places, respectively, going into the free skate Saturday.
The Skate Canada champion Chan performed a double-double jump combination and put his hands down on a triple Axel. He totaled 76.10, which is 4.71 points fewer than at Skate Canada two weeks ago.
Aaron botched his opening jump combination and fell on his triple Axel. He scored 72.91, which is 13.76 points fewer than at Skate America three weeks ago.
Women’s free skate — Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET
Men’s free skate — Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET
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