SOCHI, Russia — Standing third after Thursday’s short program, Javier Fernandez of Spain was first up among the last six skaters to compete in Friday’s men’s free skate, which will determine the 2014 Olympic champion.
Fernandez is a stylish performer, but almost certainly cost himself a spot on the podium in tackling such an ambitious program. His marks, 166.94, vaulted him into second (total score of 253.92), with the leader, Yuzuru Hanyu, and three-time world champion Patrick Chan still to come.
Up next: Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi, the 2010 world champion; Hanyu; Chan; Peter Liebers of Germany; and 19-year-old Jason Brown of the United States, making his Olympic debut.
Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu created a huge opening for PChan to seize gold in men’s figure-skating, but the Canadian stumbled. Hanyu will win gold— Liz Clarke (@lizclarketweet) February 14, 2014