Nathan Chen‘s Grand Prix series debut left a mark in the record books.
The 17-year-old landed two quadruple jumps en route to a personal-best 92.85 points at Trophée de France, the highest short program score by an American under a decade-old judging system.
It broke Evan Lysacek‘s American record of 90.30 set en route to gold at the Vancouver Olympics. Chen would have scored higher if he hadn’t doubled a planned triple Axel.
Chen goes into Saturday’s free skate in Paris in second place, trailing Spanish world champion Javier Fernandez by 3.72 points. U.S. champion Adam Rippon is in fourth place, 10.32 back. Full results are here.
NBCSN and the NBC Sports app will air Trophée de France coverage Sunday from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.
Last season, Chen became the youngest man to make the U.S. Championships top three since 1973.
He landed four quadruple jumps in his U.S. Championships free skate on Jan. 24, and finished third. But later that day he aggravated a hip injury in an exhibition skate, needed surgery and was replaced on the world championships team.
Chen lost little promise, though, as he opened this season by beating three-time world champion Patrick Chan at a small event in Finland one month ago. Chen attempted five quads in his free skate there, falling twice.
Earlier Friday, world bronze medalists Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany topped the pairs short program with 77.55 points. They were 1.31 ahead of Russians Yevgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov.
In ice dance, two-time reigning world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France performed the highest-scoring short dance for any couple this season. Their 78.26-point tally was 8.54 points clear of the field.Follow @nzaccardi
U.S. short program rankings under ISU Judging System (since 2004)
1. Nathan Chen (2016 Trophée de France) — 92.85
2. Evan Lysacek (2010 Olympics) — 90.30
3. Adam Rippon (2016 U.S. International Classic) — 87.86
4. Max Aaron (2015 Tallinn Trophy) — 87.03
5. Jeremy Abbott (2012 World Team Trophy) — 86.98
Trophée de France broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)
|Saturday||Pairs free skate||7:45 a.m.||Icenetwork.com|
|Saturday||Free dance||9:25 a.m.||Icenetwork.com|
|Saturday||Men’s free skate||12:20 p.m.||Icenetwork.com|
|Saturday||Women’s free skate||2:30 p.m.||Icenetwork.com|
|Saturday||Free dance, pairs free||8-10 p.m.||UniHD|
|Sunday||Trophée de France||4:30-6 p.m.||NBCSN, NBC Sports app|