Lalique Trophy 2002



16ème Trophée Lalique, Par
Ninth skater to skate in the short program, Brian delivered the only clean short program of the competition, on the music of 'Time' from Pink floyd. He landed a quadruple toe loop - double toe loop for the combinaison, triple Axel and triple flip. The 'Tarasova style' was clear, with among other the amazing straight step sequence, which reminded something of Yagudin regarding difficulty and speed... The work paid, with marks between 5.4 and 5.8 for required elements, and between 5.5 and 5.8 for presentation. Brian in first !

During the press conference following the short program, Brian said that now that his both sets of marks were at the same level, with presentation event better than technique, he will push the enveloppe in technique, but he will obviously continue to work on presentation. He plans to add another quad in his long program, but a different one than the quad toe...

The six minute of warm-up prior the long program were ok, but having to skate last Brian had to wait for quite a long time... which proved to be not so good for him. The long program started with a fall on the quad toe, a step-out on the triple Axel, and half a turn missing on the second quad toe. However he came back strong with the triple loop, a combinaison triple Axel-double toe, and a triple Lutz. Unfortunately, the triple Salchow with a curvy entrance ended in another fall. But Brian finished with a strong triple flip. Marks ranged between 5.2 and 5.6 for technique and between 5.0 and 5.6 in artistry. Brian finished 5th in the long program and 5th overall.

Brian skated his exhibition program on the music from Starmania during the gala, and included a triple flip, a triple toe and a double Axel. The audience asked for a bis, for which he repeated the straight step sequence of his short program.