China's Jin Boyang comes third in men's short program
Jin Boyang was hoping to defend his title in the men's singles short program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. The 21-year-old entered this year's edition as the favorite but, despite a podium finish, would not be making it two in a row.
The youngster entered the rink to perform his routine to the famous Beatles hit, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
Boosted by the absence of Pyeongchang Winter Olympic champ Yuzuru Hanyu, who has an ankle injury, Jin was stable with some flaws in his four lutz jumps.
The man from Harbin did well enough to earn a technical score of 49.85 points with a performance tally of 42.32. The combined total of 92.17 landed him in third, with Vincent Zhou of the U.S. claiming top honors with 100.18. Both will be involved in Sunday's free skate.
On the women's side, 16-year-old Chen Hongyi skated to the music of famous Russian ballet Black Swan. Despite one or two stumbles along the way, the teenager performed admirably but lost points on fluidity and a score of 54.44 placed her 13th. Bradie Tennell of the U.S. finished first with 73.91.