Nabunari Oda overcame an early mistake yesterday and beat an inspired performance by Evan Lysacek of the United States to win figure skating's NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan.
Oda fell on his opening triple axel attempt, but came back to immediately complete a triple-triple-double combination. He stumbled a few more times but didn't fall.
"I had my family here," said Oda, who lives 12 miles from Osaka. "Usually, they do not come out to my competitions so I really enjoyed it."
Third went to Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, who was hurt by errors throughout his routine. Chris Mabee of Canada moved up to fourth after finishing ninth in the short program.
Lysacek won the free skate as he debuted his new routine to music from "Carmen" and packed eight triple jumps into his program full of dramatic gestures.
"I feel good about the performance, debuting my new free skating. It's been done about two weeks and I had a little time training with it," Lysacek said. "It was pretty strong and I tried my best to sell it."
* SKI JUMPING: Jakub Janda of the Czech Republic won a World Cup event with the longest jump in each round on the large Olympic hill in Lillehammer, Norway.
Janda was followed by Lars Bystol of Norway and Andreas Kuttel of Switzerland. Janne Ahonen, the defending World Cup champion from Finland, placed sixth.
Janda started with a 135.5-meter jump to take a 10.5-point lead over Bystol.
* NORDIC COMBINED: Hannu Manninen of Finland edged Todd Lodwick of the United States by 0.4 of a second to win a World Cup sprint in Lillehammer, Norway.
Manninen covered the 7.5 kilometers on Lillehammer's Olympic trail in 19 minutes 47.5 seconds. Lodwick had his best finish of the season and was followed in a crowded sprint by Ronny Ackermann of Germany, 0.8 behind.
Ackermann said he was blocked purposely by Manninen when he tried to pass him on an uphill stretch just before the final straightaway. Ackermann was upset and tried to hit Manninen with his ski pole after crossing the line. He later refused to shake hands with Manninen at the awards ceremony.
* SPEEDSKATING: Dutchman Carl Verheijen set a world record at 10,000 meters, edging Chad Hedrick of the United States at a World Cup meet in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
Verheijen finished in 12:57.92 to beat Jochem Uytdehaage's record by 0.10 of a second. Uytdehaage, a Dutchman and the first to break the 13-minute barrier, set the previous record at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.
Hedrick finished in 12:58.25, followed by Norway's Lasse Saetre in 12:59.47.
Also, Germany's Anni Friesinger won the 1,500, beating Cindy Klassen and Kristina Groves. Friesinger won in 1:54.66, six seconds ahead of Klassen. Groves finished third.
Friesinger leads the overall World Cup standings in the 1,500, followed by Klassen and Groves.
* SKIING: Austrians swept the top three spots and U.S. skiers had five of the 14 best performances in the first women's Super-G of the season at Lake Louise, Alberta.
Alexandra Meissnitzer earned her 14th career World Cup victory in 1:21.73. Andrea Fischbacher was one-tenth of a second back at 1:21.83. Michaela Dorfmeister was third at 1:22.56.
Lindsey Kildow, the downhill champion on Saturday, was the top U.S. finisher at sixth, in 1:23.09. Teammate Kirsten Clark, still working her way back from a staph infection in her knee, was seventh at 1:23.12.
Libby Ludlow, who underwent major knee surgery after last season, was a career-best 10th, Caroline Lalive was 13th and Julia Mancuso tied for 14th.